What’s holding you back from traveling?
TRAVELING is good for the mind, body, and soul. Honestly, it is.
It strengthens your immune system, lowers stress levels, keeps you fit, widens your perspectives and ultimately lets you feel more fulfilled.
But whether you’ve traveled to every nation on Earth or returned to the same villa for the last decade, you’re bound to have some travel regrets.
You’re not alone, though.
A recent study by Booking.com revealed 71 percent of global travelers feel regret over missed travel opportunities.
The survey of 20,500 global travelers discovered millennials suffered the biggest feeling of remorse when it comes to traveling. A whopping 82 percent of the 18 to 24-year-olds surveyed admitted they regret not traveling enough.
It’s not just about the quantity; it’s also about the how and where people are traveling.
35 percent said they wish they had been more adventurous and 29 percent regret not visiting more far-flung destinations.
Unsurprisingly, of the millennials surveyed, 32 percent said they became distressed realizing they didn’t take enough photos of a destination.
This only fuels the fire of the generation living up to its reputation, the “selfie generation.”
But fear not kiddos. You’re only 18 to 24 years old, so you’ve got plenty of time to explore.
What spurs this regret?
Plenty of things can hold us back from traveling, but most of the time the barriers are in your head.
Many people think traveling is an expensive luxury. This doesn’t have to be the case, nor does it have to be a super long trip. And who cares if you don’t speak the language? It’s all part of the adventure.
Take it from millennials, as 61 percent said they have overcome perceived barriers and can now face travel anxieties head-on.
In fact, around 40 percent said traveling gave them an increased feeling of confidence and a true sense of personal achievement.
Yes honey, preach it!
What are the other benefits of traveling?
Well, according to the survey, traveling has the power to deepen existing connections with family and friends.
But it can also blossom beautiful new friendships with people you meet on your journey and 27 percent of surveyed millennials agree.
A further 46 percent said traveling had a remarkable effect on their mental health and 26 percent felt traveling had given them the needed boost to focus on their physical health.
“Life’s too short for regrets” isn’t just a line from Hollywood, it’s a life motto. Equally, experts say you should do at least one thing a day that scares you.
Whether it’s building the courage to fly on your own or putting your high-school French lessons to good use – travel, travel, travel.
Then there won’t be any time left for regrets.
Source: Travels travelwireasia.com