Why You Should Travel More in 2020

Traveling is something everyone has on their bucket list. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a cultured nomad, roaming the earth and having only the best experiences? Unfortunately, life tends to get in the way. Traveling means planning, money, packing, reservations, and time off from work. It’s easy to get sucked into your nine to five, daydreaming of the day you’re finally given the opportunity to pursue your heart’s wildest dreams.

Did you know that traveling can actually be really cheap? Don’t have time to take off from work? Weekend getaways can be really fun and just as fulfilling. Plus, traveling offers physical and physiological health benefits!

Here are some benefits of traveling you should get prepared to experience!

  • It improves your health.

That’s right. Traveling can help cut down on stress and lower your chances of developing heart disease. Going out of your comfort zone can make a huge impact on your mental health, and the physical exercise that usually accompanies sightseeing will help improve your physical health.

For some, traveling may even be a way to help improve depression and anxiety symptoms! As always, make sure to contact your physician when going abroad to make sure you’re up-to-date on your physical.

  • It helps you disconnect.

Traveling is a great way to take a step back from your day to day life and focus on something new. With traveling, you’re able to get out of your routine and remove yourself from the stressors in your life.

When you’re traveling, you can shift your focus and put down the phone. So go ahead, book that flight and set up your “away from the office” email and R E L A X.

  • It makes you smarter.

Whether it’s book smart or street smart, traveling seems to have an impact on both. When you travel to other countries, you’ll most likely learn small phrases or words to help you communicate with the locals. Just learning bits and pieces of other languages helps your brain function, according to the Huffington Post.

As is the rule of life, where something can go wrong, it often will. Traveling will help improve your problem solving skills and critical thinking, which can be easily applied to other aspects of your life.

  • It improves your understanding of other cultures.

The world is filled with rich culture, so why not learn about it? Traveling to experience other cultures first hand is so much more filling than reading about it or watching it on TV. You’re able to see what they see, eat what they eat, smell what they smell.

Understanding other cultures will help enrich your life and develop empathy towards those different from you.

  • It helps you develop lifelong memories.

You loved hearing your grandparents and parents traveling stories, so why not create a few stories of your own? You never know the kind of experiences you’ll have when you travel abroad. Maybe you’ll see some amazing views or try food you’ve never tried before. Maybe you’ll make lifelong friends, or learn something about yourself.

Regardless, when you travel you’re bound to create lifelong memories you’ll be able to tell your own children and grandchildren.

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The Best Places To Travel To In 2020

A new year is quickly approaching and with that comes new year’s resolutions. Whether your resolution is to travel more, stress less, or spend quality time with friends and family, this list is for you! Travel + Leisure released its top places to travel in 2020 and they included a little something for everyone. Here are our favorites!

Austria

Now a favorite spot for the younger crowd, Austria is in the midst of reinventing itself. Enjoy their cutting-edge arts institutions and then head to the Andaz Vienna Am Belvedere, a $240 million development project that surrounds the city’s central train station. You can also tour other venues like Belvedere 21, the Freud Museum, Musikverein, and end up at the Salzburg Festival. – John Wray

Travel to Barbados

Visitors to Barbados in 2020 will be able to participate in a 52-week festival called “We Gatherin”, which will launch in January and travel to all 11 parishes before ending in a country-wide bash in December. You can expect lively street parades, traditional dishes, live soca music, and plenty of festivals within the festival. If you want to miss out on the action but still vacation on the island, head to Cobblers Cove.– Nora Walsh

Big Island, Hawaii

The island’s biggest resort opening in years is set to debut in January 2020 — a reimagining of Mauna Lani by Auberge Resorts, the first Hawaiian venture by the Bay Area-based luxury hotel brand. The resort will have a redesigned spa that incorporates Hawaiian botanicals and Canoe House, a beachfront restaurant.  – John Wogan

Botswana

Take your pick from a slew of new safari lodges. The Okavango Delta just saw the opening of Natural Selection’s Tuludi, a treehouse-inspired camp with seven tented suites connected by elevated boardwalks, and come June, the solar-powered Xigera Safari Lodge will debut in the delta’s Moremi Game Reserve. You can also check out a six-tent mobile camp called Linyanti Expeditions or the Great Plains Selinda Camp.– Madeline Bilis

Brisbane, Australia

Family-friendly Waterline Park courts outdoor enthusiasts with a climbing wall and other sporting equipment; Mangrove Walk focuses on indigenous culture and local wildlife, with educational signposts stationed throughout the quarter-mile path; and the initial section of a rehabilitated Bicentennial Bikeway features wider lanes, better sight lines, and improved traffic flow. Choose from your choice of high-profile hotels like the Calile, Ovili Inchcolm, the Fantauzzo, or the Ritz-Carlton or Rosewood in Queen’s Wharf. – Sarah Bruning

Travel to Costa Rica

Several just-opened eco-retreats are offering more ways to unwind in Costa Rica. Perhaps the most-anticipated is Nayara Tented Camp, a safari-style retreat inside a sloth sanctuary. Then there’s Kasiiya Papagayo, which opened as an adventure-focused getaway; walkie-talkies and headlamps are distributed at check-in. Farther south isKinkára Luxury Retreat, built on the slopes of the Talamanca mountain range. – Madeline Bilis

Dominica

This 290-square-mile teardrop is an outdoorsy traveler’s oasis, claiming 365 rivers, 300 miles of hiking trails, a dozen waterfalls, and the world’s second-largest hot spring. You’ll have your pick from the Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinksi, wellness resort Jungle Bay,Secret Bay, and Anichi Resort & Spa. – Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, is set to change the face of a city whose face is always, already, constantly in flux. About halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the 1,000-acre “District 2020” will eventually have multiple parks, a dedicated metro station, and more than 200 restaurants and food venues. —Hannah Walhout

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