Ines Cano Uribe has been to several places outside of her hometown in Madrid. For her, traveling has numerous benefits to one’s psychological and emotional well-being. Her travels also enable her to learn more about different cultures, which has given her the opportunity to look at life from a different perspective; particularly, one that is more open to cultural differences.
I have never truly grasped the benefits of traveling to one’s mental health until I started traveling myself; first for work, and then for my studies, and now, a little bit of both—mixed with personal enjoyment, of course. As for the psychological benefits of traveling, here are three that I personally experienced:
1. You become more bold and confident. Traveling, especially on your own, dares you to come out of your shell because it’s the only way for you to gain new experiences. Knowing that you may never visit the same place twice, or if you ever do, the intervals will be too few and far between, you begin to realize that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. And you either stay indoors and go back home none the wiser or you grab this opportunity and enjoy it for all its possibilities. Traveling opens up new worlds—ones filled with adventures and endless possibilities.
2. You enhance your creativity. Sometimes, a simple change of environment is all you need to get yourself out of a mental rut and get your creative juices flowing again. I find that being out in nature gives me mental clarity. At the same time, it relaxes and soothes too, so whenever I visit a new place, I make sure to spend some time outdoors, be it a local park or a nature trail.
3. You enhance your problem-solving skills. I mentioned above that traveling opens new worlds for, and enables you to look at things from a different perspective. Applied to everyday life, this different perspective allows you to look at problems from another angle—one that could give you the solution that you need. You realize that there are multiple views to a single problem, and one of these views could be the key to identifying the perfect solution for the issue at hand.
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