If you’ve been following my blog (and I know you have, Fellow Traveler), you know I’ve been listing the ways travel benefits you. We had physical health, and then mental health, and I even wrote a post on how your travel benefits others’ livelihoods.
So now we’re going to talk about three ways travel benefits your relationships. I don’t just mean your romantic relationships (though we will be talking about that, too); I mean all relationships.
Travel Improves Your Family Relationships
Travel is a bonding experience. You travel with your small group (in this scenario, your family), and you all share the unique experiences of your trip. You’re all sharing in the ups & downs. If your plane has ever been delayed, you certainly know the annoyed camaraderie you & the other passengers immediately participate in.
That’s why, even if your trip doesn’t go the way you expected, this statistic should come as no surprise:
Travel Improves Your Romantic Relationships
There’s not a lot of need to explore this topic; it kind of speaks for itself. Suffice it to say, there is a reason that “vacation sex” is a thing you've heard of. Nearly 1/3 of travelers admit to having sex more often on vacation. Probably because:
Travel Improves Your Global Relationships
Travel makes you a more understanding and empathetic person. Period. When you travel around the world and see how different (and honestly, how similar) people are, you feel a deeper connection to everyone.
In San Diego, my husband and I hiked up Cowles Mountain. It was a pretty big struggle for me, because I was immensely out of shape. It was also a struggle for this man we met, who was also taking a water break the same time as us. He was originally from D.C., but he moved to San Diego when he got married. He was hiking up Cowles Mountain because he had diabetes, and his doctor told him he needed to get into shape. I learned so much about him from just a 10 minute interaction, and I gained so much empathy for him! I want him to get in shape. I was proud of him for hiking up to the top of Cowles Mountain. And I don’t even remember his name!
Imagine having that connection—no matter how brief—with people all across the world.
Now when you make decisions that before seemed simple—like getting a cup of coffee—you make them in the global context—buying only fair trade coffee, because you suddenly care about more people around the world.
Travel improves you. Travel improves your relationships. But it takes two to tango, so by improving your relationships, you also improve the life of at least one other person.
Now get out there and go!