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Traveling is a great stress buster.

Traveling is a great stress buster.

The stress of work and daily demands can distract us from what we find to be actually meaningful and interesting says Dr. Tamara McClintock Greenberg, a San Francisco-based clinical psychologist and author of Psychodynamic Perspectives on Aging and Illness.

Thus, taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle is essential for your mind to relax, recharge and rejuvenate.

Traveling promotes happiness and helps you take your mind off stressful situations. This leads to lower cortisol levels, making you feel more calm and content.

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It helps you reinvent yourself

It helps you reinvent yourself

Experiential traveling, particularly to a foreign country, can help you re-evaluate and reinvent your life. If you allow it, travel has the ability to expand your mind in a way you never realized was possible.

Moreover, the valuable lessons that you learn along the way broaden your perspective, making you more aware and open to new things.

Exploring new places can also give you a fresh start if you're recovering from a major transition in your life.

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A long stretch of road can teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.

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Traveling boosts happiness and satisfaction.

Traveling boosts happiness and satisfaction.

When traveling, the new events and experiences you encounter will help rewire your brain, hence boosting your mood and self-confidence.

According to a Cornell University study, the anticipation of a trip can increase your happiness substantially, even more than the anticipation of acquiring something tangible, like a new car.

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It makes you mentally resilient

It makes you mentally resilient

Going and living somewhere where you feel excited and intimidated at the same time can help you toughen up mentally and emotionally. 

Also, facing difficulties in an unfamiliar environment, among new people, forces you to learn and adapt to a life that's out of your comfort zone. This makes you more flexible, patient and emotionally strong. 

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Traveling enhances creativity

Traveling enhances creativity

According to Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School, visiting a foreign place and immersing yourself in their local environment increases your cognitive flexibility. 

It also enhances "depth and integrativeness of thought," consequently giving a boost to your creativity. However, traveling stimulates creativity only when you engage with the local culture of that place. Merely visiting a new city or a country isn't going to cut it.

Additionally, extended traveling also improves your productivity, problem-solving skills thus can increase your chances of getting promoted at work!

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adrianpopescu

Full-time digital product designer & part-time traveler. Funny, bald, bearded dad. Foodie, rider, stasher.

CURATOR'S NOTE

I recently started traveling and found out it's an experience I've been lacking in my life. And not just traveling for the sake of it, but getting myself immersed within the locals, their habits and exploring their culture. It's something that I definitely recommend anyone should do!

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