The benefits of traveling are not just a one-time thing: traveling changes you physically and psychologically.
My husband, Mitch, and I just got back from a Viking River cruise down the Danube River. Oh my gosh, what an experience! This was our first time on a smaller ship. The total number of travelers was 190. It was so cozy and intimate. We stopped at Budapest, Vienna, Krems, Passau, Nuremburg with an extension to Prague and Paris! By day 7, I was missing my dogs, Chica and Dakota!
Traveling abroad has always been life changing for me. This trip was no exception. Traveling brings me to the present moment like no other activity. I don’t want to miss a thing. So, what aha’s did I have:
- Traveling improves your health. As entrepreneurs with home offices, we tend to sit on a chair all day. Right? While on travel, I walked a minimum of five miles a day. If my doctor had told me from this point on you will have to walk five miles a day, I would say “you’re crazy!” When you combine curiosity with walking, you lose track of your steps. I was dog-tired at the end of the day and had no regrets.
- Traveling disconnects you from your daily life. We tend to get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget there is an amazing world right outside our door. Sometimes it is best to take a step back and go take that Eiffel Tower selfie.
- Traveling makes you smarter. When you travel abroad you pick up new words in a different language. You might run into hiccups where you need to be resourceful and think differently. Mitch and I traveled with two big suitcases, plus carry-on luggage. Our hotel in Paris was the size of a matchbox. We had to rearrange the furniture, slide suitcases underneath the bed and pile chairs on top of each other to make it all work.
- Traveling improves your understanding of other cultures. You become more understanding and tolerant. Not only that, you become more interesting because of your travel stories. Parisians eat late at night. The restaurants stay open until 4:00 a.m.! You have to pay to use the toilets!
- Traveling shows you how adaptable you really are. I can adapt. I can easily adjust to eating different foods, walking on cobblestone streets, going downstairs to the bathroom and riding the train everywhere.
When you travel abroad, you come home with an appreciation of what is. I purred like a kitten when I slept in my Sleep Number bed…number 70, had butter on my toast and sipped on a tall, hot chai latte. What travel experience has been life changing for you?
Saint Augustine says, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”
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