8 reasons why traveling is good for your mental health

Taking care of ourselves comes in many forms, but one way that is especially close to my heart is traveling.

To travel simply means to go from one place to the next, typically to a distant or unfamiliar place.

You know that feeling you get when you start planning a trip? Or when you take a random weekend away? That feeling is what keeps us sane! Taking that trip is what keeps up mentally sharp. We weren’t made to sit at a desk for 8 or more hours a day. Why do you think Europeans take a whole month off, don’t start their day till like 10AM, take social breaks throughout the day, and make sure they are enjoying life!

With that said, traveling means so much more to me than just that. Traveling is a time where you get to get lost, find those hidden gems, find out what is hidden deep within you, meet wonderful humans along the way, and learn about cultures you wouldn’t of otherwise known.

Another thing that happens when you travel, especially solo travel, is you get to find out just how strong and truly capable you are! Take my fellow wanderluster and blogger, Jamie of Pink Luggage Abroad. She was in Vienna and of course the worst happened; she was pick-pocketed, and her cell phone was gone! Can you imagine being in a country where you don’t know the language and your phone is now gone? This of course would cause panic for most of us! But no, this bad-ass babe handled it with grit and grace!

When I started traveling, something changed. I changed. I was able to see that there was so much more to this world than just the suburbia I grew up in. That my “bubble” wasn’t as big as I thought it was and I also knew that I didn’t want to stay in that “bubble”.

The more I started to travel, the more I realized this was in my blood. I am a true wanderluster; I am in love with all of the places I haven’t been and the people I haven’t met.

While traveling over the years, I also realized that I am most happiest when I am traveling. Why? Simply put, it makes my heart and mind happy. I am at ease.

What are the 8 reasons why traveling is good for your mental health?

Traveling is an excellent stress reliever: we get so consumed in our every day life, especially this time that we are living in. History is being made and change is coming. Which means it is ever so important to find ways to relieve that stress. Yes, the gym, eating healthy, socializing, and self-care all do, but traveling may be the best one of all. For a period of time, however short or long, you get to get away from your everyday life and see something new and amazing. You get to relax your mind and just go with whatever the day brings to you. What is a better stress reliever than that?

Traveling helps you find and re-invent yourself: it absolutely does! Traveling allows you to find out what you do and don’t like. It allows you to see places that make your jaw drop and bring that into your every day life. It allows you to understand just who you are, who you don’t want to be, and how to be the strong bad-ass you were meant to be!

Traveling boosts your overall satisfaction and happiness: well, duh! When you travel, are you happy? Do you come back to your regular routine happier than when you left it? Of course you do. Traveling allows us to clear our minds, completely let-go of our day-to-day and reset our batteries. It is necessary and it it is vital!

Traveling makes you mentally resilient: this is more important than you think! When we are mentally resilient we perform better in all aspects; home life, work life, social life, etc. There is something about traveling that makes you sharper, more efficient, and ready to rule the day! You know the, I can tackle anything that life throws at me, feeling!

Traveling enhances your creativity: absolutely! Traveling gives you ideas, allows your brain to think of different ways to accomplish your goals, and brings a fresh perspective! Have you ever gone on a trip and while you’re gone you have all these new ideas on how to go about meeting your goals? I know whenever I go somewhere for vacation, I come back with lots of ideas!

Traveling changes your way of thinking: it makes you see things differently, in a better way. You begin to realize that you probably have it pretty good and to not let the little things at home get to you; i.e., the Starbucks line is too long so you get frustrated or the power is on 24/7. You especially need to travel to a 3rd world country and see how you come back a person who now has a different grasp. I remember when I lived in Nigeria, where the power would go out at least once a day, traffic was horrendous (I mean like 3 hours to get over the bridge), and not being able to find what you wanted in the market. When I moved back, life really wasn’t hard. When you go to places that have different customs, you grow as a person and your thinking changes for the better.

Traveling teaches you how to communicate: especially if you travel alone. You begin to realize that communication can be found in many forms, not just the spoken word. You start to see that you can get by even if you don’t know the language and that there are people who will help you along the way; you will probably end up with some great friends, too! I know that I have friends all around the world and that those connections are going to last a life time.

Traveling can strengthen your relationships: traveling with a significant other or family can strengthen your relationship, ten-fold. You adapt to your surroundings and notice that you can get through stressful times together as you are there to help one another. Plus, you get to see explore the world together and that in and of itself is a bond strengthener. Let’s think about being at the airport: you may get frustrated because possibly the plane is late, or the line is to long, or your luggage is taking forever; but, when you are with someone, things don’t seem so bad and you work through whatever situation arises. This then carries into your home life.

Take that trip! See those sites! Get lost! It will do wonders for you!

If you are new to traveling, are a wanderluster like me, or need some travel ideas, lets connect! I can’t wait to hear all about why traveling revives your soul or what is making you want to start traveling!

XOXO,

70 thoughts on “8 reasons why traveling is good for your mental health

  1. This is very interesting and well written! Also I love the subject because I completely agree. I’ve always felt like I need travel to stay sane and happy. And it’s driving me nuts to not be able to do so now or even know when I will be able to next.

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  2. Darling!! Thank you so much .. you are right travel help a lot with happiness with resilience … I can’t wait to travel soon …

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  3. I love and miss traveling so much! I haven’t traveled much in years mainly due to not being able to take time off and/or not having the money to travel but I have been to a decent amount of countries since I was little. Now that I am going to university full-time online and working on turning my blog into a full-time career along with web development I am hoping we will have a bit more freedom to travel and be able to afford it more. You’re absolutely right about traveling being good for your mental health. It always seemed to refresh me and make me feel so relaxed.

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  4. Omg love this blog post I can relate to most the tips you mention I absolutely love travelling haven’t done much but when I do travel I feel soo happy, excited and amazed. In terms of travelling I have also been on a lot of road trips with my kids and absolutely love it. No matter where you go I believe you will experience something positive.

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  5. Yes! This is exactly why I love to travel. It’s such a great stress-reliever and a way to tap into different parts of you and the world around you.

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  6. I miss traveling! There are so many benefits. It was definitely a stress reliever and it changed my way of thinking. I left my job to travel the world in 2015 and my life hasn’t been the same ever since that day. It’s been a life of discovery that I am loving!

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  7. I love traveling! Now that I think about my past travel adventures, it did spark some creativity and enhance my relationship… made great memories. I never would have thought of traveling in this way. 💕

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  8. Perfect. I can’t wait for lockdown to be lifted so I can start traveling again. I’m
    More happy and energetic when am traveling.

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  9. Great tips! We love traveling and take couple of vacations including road trips every year. Now I have reasons to continue doing so or increase trips as they are good for us physically and mentally!

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  10. I seldom travel, but I am beginning to understand the importance of taking care of ourselves. I will be adding more travel to my self care routine.

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  11. I couldn’t agree more. Everything about traveling is a boost to your overall well being. From the excitement of planning your itinerary to the actual experience. The added bonus …you appreciate your home so much more after being away!

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  12. I love to travel. It’s a great way to learn about new places, cultures, history, and nature, among other things. The last few months have been difficult because we haven’t been able to go anywhere.

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  13. I love this post because it’s so true! Traveling helps me with my mental health so much. I’m going to New Orleans next month so I can take a break from all the stress in my life 🥰

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  14. I agree with all of these, travel is so important. That picture of the dog is basically me when I’m traveling haha!

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  15. This is amazing! I firmly agree that travel is good for mental health and relationships. I’ve been traveling with my boyfriend for years and we have gotten so much stronger and closer because of it! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I definitely agree with you on all of these points! I absolutely love travelling and find that it relieves stress so much! During COVID I have been very anxious and stressed, and I can’t wait to finally be back on a plane going somewhere!

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    1. Well, even if you can’t get on a plane just yet, I would suggest going on a little weekend getaway not too far from where you are. I just went camping and I wasn’t but 20 miles from my home and that helped tremendously!

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