Here’s 5 Reasons Why Traveling Helps Us Become Better People

By Reniel


Last Updated: January 31, 2022

It might seem like a tall claim, right? "Traveling helps us become better people". But it's true!

You see, there are many benefits of travelling. Several studies have shown that travelling to a different place improves one’s outlook towards life, self-esteem, and well-being. Let's explore some surprising ways travelling helps us make leaps in our lives and grow as a person.


1. Boosts Self-Esteem

Going to a different city or country can give us a completely new perspective.

We’ll see so many things we could have never seen in our own hometown, and it changes our outlook and the way we look at things. 

When we travel, our brain is flooded with new sights, sounds, and other sensory experiences - both good and bad - that are tremendously beneficial to our self-esteem, while also raising our self-confidence

These brain changes can make us more accepting of other people and cultures. We also begin to feel more confident about who we are and less self-conscious about being different from others.


2. Develops Social and Communication Skills

There’s no denying that travelling to new places is exciting and gives us a chance to learn about different cultures and how others live their lives. 

Every culture has its customs and traditions, which force them to interact in "unique" ways we may not be accustomed to. These interactions would cause us to observe things during our travels that we would typically not be exposed to.

This in turn helps us develop our social skills, because it makes us more tolerant and comfortable in new situations.

Travelling also improves our communication skills, especially when we speak another language.

When we travel, we are forced to communicate all the time, so it's not as hard for us if someone asks us something while they're trying to figure out what country or city we just arrived from (which happens quite often).


3. Increases Productivity

When we travel, we are forced to destress, because our routine is disrupted.

It means that when we return home after a trip, we will be more productive than usual, which can lead to great things! For instance, you might be compelled to write an article for your blog or start working on a new project.


4. Travelling Helps Us Embrace Change and Makes Us Happier

When I traveled to another place, one of the main reasons why I loved it so much was because it felt like I was in a different time or era.

No one knew me and this made me feel so free and independent. When we travel, we are more likely to embrace change - which can make us happier!

According to this Cornell study, planning a trip provides even higher satisfaction and pleasure than making material purchases.


5. Travelling Helps Us Meet Other People and Makes Our Lives Interesting

Through travel, we often meet some new friends, and of course, it's always nice to know someone who shares the same interests as ours. 

When travelling, we are also forced to learn about different cultures and customs.

When going on a trip somewhere far, we also have the opportunity to find a new hobby and share those new experiences with others, which in turn, can enhance our own lives when we get back home. 



All in all there are many benefits of travelling.

From improving our self-esteem and outlook on life in general, while also gaining health benefits as these statistics show

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6 comments on “Here’s 5 Reasons Why Traveling Helps Us Become Better People”

  1. It's true about travelling. I've been on a journey since October/21 and saw some amazing places. I felt very calm and confident of my self. I travelled with my dog and birds all around the states from Canada and I feel very fortunate to have done this. Sometimes it can be refreshing to be homeless.

  2. I totally agree about the benefits that traveling has on the personal effect of someone's well being. I have been traveling since 2009 and I have to agree when I'm away visiting other countries, cultures and ethnicities it gives me sense of being part of something bigger than the small neighborhood I come from. It's definitely enhancing

    1. Thank you for your feedback Deborah! We can all learn so much from each other when we stay open to new experiences 🙂

  3. I have discovered that it can make a big difference in outlook, esp. realizing this after I married. I'm thankful that my early experience due to relatives abroad was part of my life. Enriching memories of people and places have helped me piece together my identity, have given a meaningful history (and pictures) I've been able to pass on to my children, and had put me in situations that have made for deeper conversation when on similar topics. Those in my husband's family who didn't travel have had a hard time even asking about me, let alone accepting that part of me, the different foods and culture I grew up in (here in the states); connection was surface and distant & continues to be (along with belief system that has made me serious-minded). I'm thankful my husband and I have been able to travel, but it is not as strong a motivation when busyness sets in, so it can become infrequent. The time and money must be set aside, which, in my estimation, is worth more than items that gather in a garage or a big house. I'm thankful that my grown children have caught on! It helps them realize God is amazing in His creation - and that where they live is not all there is...a spiritual application, too. Thank you for the article!

    1. Thank you for sharing your story with us Diane! It's inspiring to hear you talk about your journey, and how traveling has helped you gain new perspective. Wishing you many more safe travels! 🙂

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