- Why You Should Start Traveling
In case you need convincing, here are some of the main benefits of traveling.
From cutting down on stress to lowering your chances of developing a disease, the health benefits of traveling are huge. For one thing, it gets you moving and we know sitting is the new smoking.
Allows you to disconnect from your routine
We tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that sometimes we may do ourselves more harm than good. Sometimes it is best to take a step back, take a deep breath and just change the scenery to gain a new perspective.
It makes you smarter
Your brain will thank you for picking up new words in a different language every time you travel. Also, you might run into challenging situations where you need to be resourceful, helping you to develop skills you didn’t even know you had in you.
Helps you get to know other cultures
People who travel develop empathy and a deeper understanding of other cultures and they are richer for it. As Saint Augustine put it: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page”.
It makes you more interesting
With a new perspective and a few stories from abroad, you will never have to worry about having something interesting to say.
You don’t truly know how Italian food tastes like before you’ve tasted it in Italy.
Helps you unleash your inner adventurer
Despite the fact that the world has never been as connected as today, seeing a place virtually cannot compare to experiencing it in person, wandering and finding your way without using Google Maps.
Expands your network
Social networks was once a real thing – in real life. Establishing connections and building a network abroad is one of the greatest sources of wealth in today’s world.
Helps you create lifetime memories
Traveling makes a real impression on us, it creates a memory that you will remember for a lifetime. Perhaps creating memories is why people keep traveling.
Makes you love your home even more
Although you will love going away, it will feel even better to come back. You will appreciate the warmth and comfort of your home while returning as a new person because traveling changes us.
- Travel Tips And Tricks
Travel savviness is a process that is made of countless tiny errors. Then, one day, you begin to seamlessly move around and integrate yourself into new cultures like a fish to water. Here are a few travel tips to make you the world’s savviest traveler that usually comes with on-the-road experience.
Take half the clothes you think you will need. Write down a list of essentials, cut it in half.
Take an extra bank card and credit card with you
Disasters happen. It’s always good to have a backup in case you get robbed or lose a card or your card simply doesn’t work for some reason.
Use only no-fee bank cards
Why would you give banks your hard-earned money?
Try traveling by yourself
At least once, give it a go to see how comfortable you are with yourself. The paradox is that the braver you are at being uncomfortable, the more comfortable you’ll become. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and how to become independent.
Learn basic phrases in the native language of your destination
The locals will appreciate the effort and it will make your interactions easier.
Be open to strangers but keep your guard up
Not everyone bites so be open but keep a healthy level of suspicion as some do bite.
- How To Save Up for Your Travel Fund
Believe it or not, it is possible to build a travel fund without having to significantly change the way you live.
Save money on utilities
You can save a significant amount of money on your PECO utility bill by practicing energy efficiency. It can be as simple as turning off lights when you leave the room or tending to drafts to prevent indoor air from escaping. If you want to double your savings, try upgrading to energy- efficient appliances such as Energy Star labeled ones that don’t compromise on performance while using significantly less energy.
Get a side hustle
Thanks to platforms such as Upwork, you can get a side job and work at the comfort of your own home. Working more than you already do sucks way less so you can go to that trip without having to sacrifice something else besides your time.
Try a challenge
Try looking up a savings challenge where you put aside a set amount each week of the year. You can also try a spending challenge such as committing to spending no money besides basics for a certain amount of time.
Assess what is important
Reflect on what is important in your life. We are tempted all the time to buy things when the truth is that we don’t need most of them. Ask yourself what your heart truly wants and don’t allow marketers to manipulate you.
TakeawayHaving little time or money isn’t a valid excuse because there are many affordable trips you can take and the money you spend on travel is an investment for your wellbeing. If you have a full-time job and a family, you can still travel on the weekends or holidays, even with a baby. To say the least, 2020 has destroyed travel but don’t let that discourage you from making travel plans because COVID-19 too shall pass. As you travel, you realize that the world is a much better place than what is portrayed on TV, movies and social media. It’s the real thing.