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Travel is many things. It’s the chance to experience a new way of life. It is the chance to get away from the daily grind of life. It’s the chance to experience new foods, new clothes, and new drinks. But above all, it’s a chance to set your mind free. It’s as though all of the worries of the world melt away as soon as you step on that plane.

And that’s just the thought of being on holiday, you haven’t even made it to your destination yet. When you actually get there, everything just seems amazing to you. You’re seeing new things for the first time. Smelling a different kind of air, and your mind is just amazed by everything you see. It’s the honeymoon period that never ends whilst you’re on holiday. Because all you ever are is excited to be where you are at that moment in time. So, if this doesn’t already sound like the break your mind needs, keep on reading, and I’ll show you more how travel really does influence the mind.

It Reduces Mental Health Stress

It really does have a profound effect on the mental health issues that you might be having. I get that everyday life can induce massive levels of stress on your body and mind, but traveling is just one thing that can really help decrease it. It allows you to forget your problems, even if just for a few days until you head back to reality. But whilst you are on holiday, you become this carefree person who just enjoys life and feels at peace with the world.

It Brings You Closer To People

At first when you’re younger you travel with your family, and you will have some of the best memories you can possibly ever have. Then you get a bit older, and realise how fun college trips can be with all of the cool people you have just met. Going on a trip whilst you’re in college is probably that first time where you’ll feel a bit of freedom, and freedom always feels fun. You’ll fall in love with every country you go to, and the bonds you create with others will just grow and grow!

It Allows You To Have An Open Mind

Travelling is the best way to open your mind. You’ll realise that there are people out there a lot less fortunate than you. You’ll have experiences you just wouldn’t be able to have if it were not for travel. To allow travel to open your mind the most, make sure you’re experiencing a range of different types of holidays!

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Michelle Jensen is a twenty-something traveler, occasionally solo, you’ll find road tripping across the U.S. or hostel-hopping in Europe. Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA with a day job in Television.

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