Do you keep putting off a trip you're dying to take?
There are many benefits to travelling. Far too many to include in one list, but here are a few:
1. Meet new people and make new friends.
In my experience, people are typically friendly to "non-locals". They're glad you chose their location to visit. You can walk up to just about anyone and they'll gladly point you here, there and everywhere and even tell you what they like and don't like about where they live! Often times I find myself conversing with other travellers as well as locals while becoming fast friends discussing various sites visited and funny adventures.
2. See sights that are much better than how they appear in pictures.
There are some great photographers out there, but there is nothing better than seeing it in living color! Photographs can't simulate the forceful breeze or the roaring waters or the audible gasp of astonishment when you see some sights in person.
3. Provides a new perspective.
You can read about it in a book or hear about it on the news, but travelling to other places can really change your perspective about what you think about that place, maybe even your world perspective. Being immersed in a different culture can really help you to be more appreciative of what you currently have and may even help you find a new cause to champion.
4. Relieves stress.
Leave the hustle and bustle behind. The career. The bills. The traffic. The diet. All of that will be there when you return, but hopefully, they will be met with a calm, refreshed, renewed mind. It feels great to just go somewhere and not have any expectations but fun and relaxation.
5. A boost in creativity.
In short, making a change from your normal routine can unlock creativity and boost brain function. New sights, new sounds, new smells, new tastes can all positively affect brain activity and unlock creativity.