Monthly Archives: January 2020


Reasons Why You Should Travel

2 women tourists riding camels - reasons why you should travel

There are many benefits to travel which is why you should travel.  What do you think about when planning your vacation time?  Many people have a different perspective than I have.  I believe traveling the world and seeing different people and cultures is very important.  It helps us gain a deeper understanding of the world around us and the people that live in it.  And we get to experience new things and see life in many different and exciting ways. 

Traveling is a way to relax from normal daily life 

A change is as good as a rest which is another reason why you should travel.  And taking time to travel is a change—it allows us to disconnect from our normal daily routine.  Such a change is not only relaxing but it allows us to recharge and rejuvenate.  It is a great way to experience a change of pace.  We can then return feeling invigorated and energized in our everyday life and responsibilities.  This change is a great stress reliever and provides more benefits than most people are willing to admit.

Traveling provides a way to disconnect from normal daily life 

Being away for a week or more allows you to forget about the stresses and problems that you leave behind.  If you cannot forget about them, you at least get to escape from them for a period.  Going away and getting some distance from your normal environment helps clear your mind with the change of scenery.  We all have crowded schedules, too much going on in our lives, a work versus family and fun balance scale to balance and life just gets crazy at times.  Getting away with friends, or even alone provides a distance and break that helps you get a better understanding of just what is important.  Sometimes we just don’t realize what we have until we get away from it all for a while.

Traveling expands our perspective and adds to our knowledge

Actually experiencing new lands, new peoples, new and different customs and different ways of life, is absolutely refreshing for our own education.  It expands the way we think about life and gives us a new appreciation for our own life.  We often learn new ways of life which may influence our own tastes and habits.  When traveling, be bold and try new things.  Taste new foods, be attentive to different values and ways of life.  Watch how people go about doing things differently for some things yet the same as you for others.  This is a wonderful world full of different and exotic places and a variety of varied cultures and peoples.  Traveling lets you see and learn from them on a very personal basis.

Traveling teaches us new skills

Traveling can get you out of your own comfort zone.  You will encounter a variety of experiences that you would never experience while remaining at home.  As a result, your resourcefulness increases and you learn to deal with change and new problems.  Those who do any amount of travel quickly learn to embrace change and often end up with the learned ability to handle problems that would easily overcome others.

Traveling with others creates lasting memories

Being together during your travels will create buckets full of personal experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.  Hopefully, they are all good memories and reasons why you should travel.  However, you’ll likely have your share of sour moments too.  As time passes you will be able to look back and laugh at those memories too.  The stories that you can tell upon your return can keep your memories alive.  And the photo albums you create from your travels will be perfect memory triggers as the years pass.  At any time you can pull out your albums and, for a few moments, relive your voyages. 

Traveling is affordable

With all the resources we now have at our disposal, the traveling options are many.  Using the internet and current technology you can plan your travels just the way you want.  You can research the most inexpensive alternatives.  You can read about the experiences of others and benefit from their reviews and comments.  This allows you to plan well and make your trip to order just as you would like it to be.  Find the tips and tricks of traveling, of the locations you plan to visit, of the food you want to try and for the events or attractions you want to visit.  The resources we now have are fantastic for creating a great voyage.

Plan your next vacation and travel to a destination of your choice.  Take the time off and experience what life has to offer.  Research your tickets now and take the steps to make your trip happen.  When you return you will not regret it.  You will already be planning your next vacation destination as soon as you return.  …


Actions to Take After Your Trip

girl in rocker on porch - after your trip

Now, what should you consider after your trip?  Just returned from traveling?  Tired from all the endless to-do lists that began long before you departed and continued until returned?  You planned your trip, booked your flights, your hotels, your activities, stopped the mail, packed, found a sitter for your dog and then jetted off for a great vacation.  After enjoying the activities you planned, and some you didn’t, your trip finally came to an end.  Now, what should be on your list when you return home?

Some might have planned an extra day or two to recover, others will jump right back into their daily life as if nothing had ever happened.  However, there is a middle ground.  Here are a few things to add to your list after your trip is completed.  They will help you remain healthy, save money and relish a bit longer in the fantastic memories you created during your travels.

Check your accounts

It is always good to regularly review your bank and credit card statements.  However, this is even more critical for travelers.  Identity fraud is an increasing problem throughout the world and it often impacts travelers who are forced to use internet connections that are not secure, use credit cards with vendors and merchants they don’t know and will never see again, use debit cards in ATMs and carry extra personal identification documents. 

So a wise traveler will take the precaution of checking bank account activity and credit card activity within a few days of returning home and then again in another week or so.  Watch for things like items you don’t recognize, double charges, missing refunds or credits, overcharges, or anything unusual.  Any issues you find should be reported to your bank or credit card company immediately.

Update your cell phone package

Be sure to turn off or remove any international calling, data or other cell phone package you may have enabled before you left.  The trip is over and there is no sense continuing to pay for services you will no longer need. 

Give your email account some love

If you have let your emails build-up while you were gone, now is the time to address that bulging email inbox.  The longer you wait, the worse it will be.  So take some time now to go through your messages, respond to urgent and important items and delete all the junk or alerts that you don’t need.  Also, don’t forget to turn off your “out of office” or “vacation” notices now that you have returned.  Finally, take a moment to email or text your appropriate family and/or friends and let them know that you have arrived home safely.

Take care of your health

Traveling can take a toll on your body.  Especially those long trips when you cross several time zones, deal with flight delays, connecting flight issues, uncomfortable cramped airline seats and breathing the same cabin air as all those other passengers.  These are just a few of the travel-related things that can have an impact on your health.  Take care of yourself when you arrive home.  Drink plenty of water to rehydrate, get the sleep you need to recover after shifting time zones and pace yourself as you return to your normal world.

Organize your photos

Don’t let too much time pass after your trip before you sort through your photos.  The more time passes, the more likely it becomes that you forget some of the details from your travels.  Sort your photos now and make notes, add captions, create your travel scrapbook sooner rather than later.   You will be glad you did.

Post your reviews

You relied on reviews when making your travel plans.  Now it’s your turn to contribute.  Consider taking a few moments and writing reviews for the various places you enjoyed on your trip.  Doing it within a few weeks of your return while you can still remember the places and the details of your experience.   

Begin planning your next adventure

Now that you are home, it is never too early to start thinking about your next adventure.  As the post-vacation blues begin to settle in as you return to normal life, chase them away by building on what you just experienced and starting plans for your next trip. …