What are you doing this summer? We recently advocated the benefits of staying in the UK, and there are many good reasons to do so. Despite the variable weather, there are places of natural beauty right on our doorsteps. The Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in the world, for example. However, the world is your oyster, as they say. Now, travelling abroad can be stressful. From dealing with plane cancellations to worries about what foods are safe to eat, it’s not all plain sailing. But should you let any worries put you off? Of course not! Travelling abroad can be good for you, and we have five reasons why.
#1: It takes you out of your comfort zone
Okay, so you can get a home from home experience with your accommodation. Whether it’s a hotel on a hillside town in Greece or one of these fabulous Bali holiday villas in Indonesia, you don’t need to be away from modern civilisation if that’s what puts you off going abroad. However, there are so many new experiences to try outside of where you choose to stay, and you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t. Try exotic foods, visit places of cultural heritage, meet fascinating people, scale new heights (literally, if you go up a mountain), you can really broaden your mind, and learn a little bit about yourself in the process, no matter where you visit.
#2: It builds your independence
Travelling with others is great if you need company, but why not consider solo travel? There is nothing more empowering than having to stand on your own two feet, no matter what challenges need to be overcome. And besides, you won’t have to compromise on what you do when away. Eat where you want, visit the places that hold the most appeal to you, and navigate your own way in the country you are visiting. Scary? Yes, it can be, but provided you adhere to a few safety tips, it can also be incredibly freeing.
#3: You can improve your education
Not only will you learn a lot about yourself when away, but you will also learn a lot about the places you visit. Discover how other people live and interact with each other. Immerse yourself in cultural traditions. Learn about a country’s history by exploring places of significance. Talk to the locals, perhaps in their native language. Seeing how other people live can be rewarding and humbling, and you will learn valuable life lessons, as well as improving your general knowledge of the world, along the way. It’s better than studying geography at night school anyway!
#4: There are health benefits
You probably don’t need us to tell you why travelling abroad is good for your health, but if you needed some clues, here’s why. There is the fresh air for starters, often unpolluted by traffic if you visit a far-flung place abroad. There are the opportunities for exercise, assuming you don’t spend all day in your hotel room. There is time to relax, be that on a luxurious beach or at the swimming pool with a cocktail to hand. Destress, breath clean air into your lungs, and engage in activities that will help you keep fit. Your body and mind will benefit as a result.
Life is too short not to travel abroad, even if you only do it once. Living in the UK is great, most of the time, but there are all the benefits we mentioned (and more) to your life if you leave these fair isles for a while and head out somewhere new. There is a whole world waiting for you to explore, so perhaps now is the time to think about it. Just don’t forget to send us a postcard if and when you do head overseas. Thanks for reading.