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How travelling can improve your life and relationships

Every journey has a purpose, and every journey leaves an ineffaceable mark on our lives and relationships that we have, LUCY BENTON writes.

We mostly travel to seek the pleasure of exploration that inspires. But there are many other different and very personal reasons why people embark on the journey. Back in 2016, the researchers from the University of Massachusetts did a study, in which they found out that among the primary reasons why people travel there are health benefits and positive effects on the relationships. 


Scientists are well aware of the positive effects of traveling as well. A study has found that traveling positively influences mental health, bringing benefits to the quality of our life and the relationships with have. 



But how does it work exactly? In what ways traveling can improve the relationships and our lives in general? Let’s take a look. 


1. You Become More Generous and Less Materialistic 

Life experiences are more valuable than purchasing things. Younger generations, especially millennials prefer investing in experiences and become “NOwners”, valuing access over ownership. 

Traveling is one of those experiences people value the most, and thus are ready to invest in them rather than into something materialistic. This makes them less attached to things and more generous and giving, which benefits both mental health and their relationships with others. 

Patricia Jefferson, a clinical psychologist and a blog writer at A-Writer, after doing research on how traveling influences our values, shares some interesting results: “A journey makes us look back at the things we own and question their necessity. It makes us understand that experiences and relationships are the only things that we want to own because they can last for a lifetime.” 

As a result, we become more generous and less attached to the materialistic aspect of our lives, allowing positive experiences and relationships in. 


2. You Explore Your Personality

This point is something that I’ve learned from my personal experience. A year ago, after finishing school, I, like many other students after they graduate, was completely lost and had no idea what path in life I wanted to choose. I liked different things but never preferred one thing over the other, and all my relationships were in a standby mode. 

After deciding to take some time off, I embarked on my journey. At that time I worked at an online paper writing service as a freelancer to keep money coming, so I could provide for myself. I traveled to 5 different countries over 1 year, and the greatest thing I learned was not a different culture or a foreign language. It was exploring my personality and figuring out who I am. 

Exploring your personality means finding out, how:

• you usually prefer to interact with people;
• whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert (or an introverted extrovert);
• why you struggle with some of your relationships, and
• what you want from your relationships in general. 

All these life lessons don’t only benefit your personal relationships but your connections at work or any other communication-related activities. A German study has proven that traveling does, in fact, change your personality for the better in terms of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness and emotional intelligence. All definitely beneficial for a better life and healthier relationships. 



3. You Start to Value What You Have

Traveling to some countries, where people don’t have much, makes you think over your values and become more appreciative of the things you have in your life. People sometimes tend to be too relaxed, taking many things in their lives for granted. 

In materialistic countries, like the U.S. and most European countries, people are surrounded by welfare. There are so many things that can be accessed that people in these countries tend to lose appreciation for having access to even basic things. That’s why many decided to escape the world of materialism and travel to countries, where people don’t have much. 

The thought that you can lose access to even basic things is confusing and scary, but there are people in the world, who simply don’t know what owning basic things means. This life lesson makes you appreciative of what you have, even a toothbrush to keep your oral hygiene at a normal level or money to afford healthcare. This is a valuable life lesson only travel can teach you. 


4. You Become More Sociable and Open-Minded

There are so many wonderful cultures in this world, and yet some people are stuck in their own bubble, having no respect of what people in other countries value. And if you’re on a quest of becoming a more open-minded, sociable and understanding person, embark on a journey!

Being an open-minded person makes you understand the motives behind the intentions of others, making you a more insightful person and benefiting your relationships. Martina Peterson, an avid traveler and a writer at Proessaywriting shares her experience: “We can be too quick-tempered sometimes. Traveling has taught me to take a detached look at things and relationships to better understand people and stop judging them.”

Indeed, traveling is a great teacher of how to build strong relationships. There once was a study in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, which found that traveling makes us more trustworthy and open to new experiences. Thus, if you seek ways to improve the quality of relationships in your life, travel!


Final Thoughts

Travel is definitely beneficial for improving relationships and life in general. It’s the power of exploration that inspires us to be better and to value relationships that we have. Hopefully, you’ll draw some inspiration from the things we discussed in this article to embark on the journey that will change your life! 


Lucy Benton is a writing coach, an editor who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger, and currently works at Also Lucy has her own blog Essay Reviewer where you can check her last publications.


Written by: Lucy Benton
Published: 24 January 2019

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