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5 Reasons Why International Travel Creates a Meaningful Life

Posted November 15, 2016

There are so many things to see in the United States - national parks, historic landmarks, and beautiful natural wonders - but there is something refreshing and invigorating about leaving the confines of the US and heading out to a country that requires a passport. International travel immediately sparks adventurous feelings and romantic notions about discovering new places, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures. If you're looking to re-energize and improve your sense of self, consider booking a trip and packing your bags for a new global destination that speaks to you.


Traveling abroad can bring a renewed sense of invigoration, and here's why:

  • You'll become more compassionate
    By spending time among other cultures in global destinations, you'll probably come back a changed person. Most international travelers are more understanding of what is happening in other parts of the world, while being better able to display empathy towards others.

  • You'll remove complications
    Think about how often you look at your mobile phone or portable electronic device. Too often, right? When visiting a foreign country, take the time to absorb the local energy, architecture, and culture - instead of burying your face in your phone. By doing so, you'll refresh your mind and soul and remove the distractions we face every day.
  • You'll boost creativity
    This can be helpful both at home and at work. When visiting an international travel destination, you'll discover new and exciting ways to do things. From learning ways to creatively cook dinner to different ways to style your wardrobe, you can pick up on how the locals tackle some of the same tasks you do on a daily basis and incorporate them into your routine when you get home.

  • You'll feel happier
    It is a scientifically proven fact that adventure and discovery leads to the production of dopamine in the body, which adds a healthy rush of happiness and positivity to your life. Traveling encourages you to explore new and interesting things to do. This creates a natural flow of dopamine and makes us feel good all around.
  • You'll boost your confidence levels
    It is generally more complicated to travel in a foreign land than it is at home, so take the opportunity to expand your comfort zone. Knowing you can communicate with the locals, get around using public transportation, or simply order food at a restaurant in a global destination, will have you feeling confident and empowered in no time. This same level of confidence just might follow you back to the boardroom, where you'll feel more able to tackle a variety of challenging projects.

Traveling abroad can be a rejuvenating and exhilarating experience for all involved. Everyone should make the time for an international trip at least once in his or her life. After you've completed your first international trip, you just might feel happier, more creative and confident, and even a little more compassionate toward others.