The saying goes, “Change is as good as a holiday.” I will disagree with this. Change is good, but I prefer the holiday when possible. It can be a weekend getaway, or an overseas trip, but the end result is what counts.
There are various valid reasons to travel, and all of them have the potential to bring great benefits to the traveler.
Traveling is a fantastic experience and something that most people look forward to at some point in their lives. For many people traveling is an escape from the daily grind of life, but for other people travel is a way to grow as a person and broaden their horizons.
In my case, my latest trip to Singapore brought a little of all of the following forms. I wanted to be able to get away from my every day surroundings to fully refresh. I learned a lot about the culture, the history, the people and the wonderful food in Singapore. Not only that, but the shopping was nothing short of amazing! Now for some that would be stressful, but for me, not the case. I enjoyed it immensely and felt that is was “just what the doctor ordered.”
Forms of Travel
One common form of travel is escapism. People from all walks of life get exhausted with their work and the stresses of daily life, and going on a vacation helps them to forget those problems and stresses for a while and recuperate, and return to work refreshed. Sure, you could relax at home and reduce your stress a little, but changing your environment completely helps you to remove yourself from your stresses and daily routine. That makes for a much more effective stress release. This type of traveler tends to visit resort areas like Bali, Phuket, Fiji, the Caribbean Islands, etc. The tropical weather of such destinations makes for a comfortable escape at any type of year.
Culture And History
Another type of traveler is the traveler with an interest in culture and history. For example, someone who has an interest in Buddhism can visit India to discover the roots of Buddhism in real life. It is an opportunity to experience the cultures that they have read about or seen on television. It also gives a chance to gain deep insight into our planet, the various countries and how they interact and function.
This type of traveler wants to understand themselves better by removing themselves from their surroundings, from work pressures, family and friend pressures and their own inner struggles. It gives the chance to see what the person is really like at the core. This traveler may enjoy the people they meet and all of their daily experiences and adventures more than a specific destination or culture. Learning ways to interact with new types of people, different problems as they arise and learning how to find inner peace anywhere regardless of the place, are experiences this type of traveler will appreciate the most.
All of the above travel styles can be very enriching and rewarding to the traveler. Some people may appreciate a mixture of them all, which would be ideal. Whichever style you choose, enjoy it the fullest. There are experiences waiting to become memorable treasures. Life is short, refresh and recharge sooner rather than later ~ don’t wait for retirement!