Who doesn’t love to travel? Whether you’re finally setting off on that long-overdue holiday or heading out for yet another business trip, new sights and sounds await on the other side – and those are always worth looking forward to.
Seeing new corners of an ever-expanding world, sharing new experiences with new friends, and coming home with new stories: Traveling allows us a chance to both bust out of our comfort zones and embrace the fullness of life, too.
Booking that boarding pass is the first step in a two-pronged journey, writes Lisa Mercer in USA Today. There’s the outer odyssey, where you thrust yourself into a new place, exposed to new things – and a deeper, more complex, inner excursion, too. What you learn while there – about the world, and about your own perspective of it – can stay with you for years.
Why? Your mind is an elastic, adaptable muscle, and exposing it to new sensations can help it grow. In fact, recent research published in The Atlantic suggests that new sensations spark a variety of new synapses in the brain – and may in fact revitalize the mind.