I’m heading on a long holiday soon (or vacay if you’re American) and it got me thinking about how much I love travelling. It’s so good for the soul.
Why, I hear you ask?
Well, sometimes in life, we just need to get away. We need to flee our current situation.
Whether it’s to heal a broken heart, release yourself from a toxic friendship or just catch a break from everyday mundane life, we need to hop on a plane and force ourselves to go somewhere new.
People often say that travel is the best escape and, being someone who has ventured near and far in the last few years, I can totally understand why.
You heard it here first, kids. If all else fails in life? You should catch flights, not feelings.
1. Travel Broadens the Mind
Catch flights, not feelings rule 101: When you’re away in a brand new setting with brand new surroundings, there’s no quicker way for you to forget about everything that you left behind.
Sure, this is mainly because you’re thousands of miles away from home. HOWEVER…
No matter what happened in your particular situation or how bad things got, you tend to gain perspective when you break away from a situation and, more specifically, a place. It provides you with an amazing sense of clarity and the ability to get your thinking straight once and for all.
And that sounds good, right?
2. New Places Are Good Distractions
Spoiler alert: It’s almost impossible to spend hours thinking about everything that you once knew while you’re experiencing fresh and exciting things.
Sure, distractions can only last so long and home might creep into your mind every now and then, but the incredible new experiences easily switch your focus back to the present.
3. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
Yes, that’s right – I said it. You just can’t beat this good old saying. It’s so true.
The best way to get over a bad situation is by not seeing the person in question or being in the toxic environment or having to go to all the places that remind you of everything.
Sometimes, the further you are away from home, the better it is for you. After all, there’s a whole world out there to explore.
4. Travel Forces You to Leave Your Comfort Zone
When you travel, you’re often faced with situations that don’t just scare you, they absolutely TERRIFY you.
You’re forced to do these things that you fear not only to show yourself that you’re capable of doing them, but to show yourself that they’re nowhere near as scary as you thought they were.
And you know what? It’s at the end of your comfort zone where life truly begins.
5. New Places Create New Opportunities
Another reason why you should catch flights, not feelings? The physical distance and the perspective that you obtain from travelling helps you to decide what it is that you truly want from life.
I mean, the sky’s the limit! Right?
And, once you’ve made up your mind, you’ll have the confidence to go just about anywhere because *duh* you’re now fearless.
6. It’s Not Running Away, It’s Doing What’s Best for You
Ignore all the haters who claim that travelling equals running away, because it absolutely does NOT.
I can see why some people might think that but, honestly, travelling is actually really brave. It’s about leaving everything and everyone you know in the hopes that you can create a better life for yourself. It’s about embracing life to the fullest.
If you’ve been in a bad situation, no one’s forcing you to stay there. It’s up to you to get out of it, both physically and emotionally, and you’ll be so much better off somewhere else where you can meet new people and make fresh memories. Trust me.
7. You Meet People Who Make You Feel Worthwhile Again
Whether it’s friends or romantic prospects, travelling enables you to meet an abundance of new people. People who you never imagined you’d ever meet, people with big hearts and people who treat you the way you deserve to be treated.
Slowly but surely, piece by piece, these people will help put you back together again, and your bad situation at home will be long gone out of your heart – and out of your mind.
8. “I Really Regret Travelling,” Said No One Ever
If you have the opportunity to travel and catch flights, not feelings, take it while you can!
If it doesn’t work out for you, you can always fly straight back home. And, if it does, just think of all the stories you’ll be able to tell and all the memories you’ll have when you’re sat in your rocking chair at 80 years old.
I mean, you’ll be the coolest Grandparent EVER.
9. It Makes You More Carefree
There’s something about travelling that makes you completely forget about home after a while, as well as the person you once was, because you’ve now evolved into a better person.
I know – cheesy, right? But it’s spot-on.
Plus, there are so many things that can go wrong all at one time when travelling, so you quickly learn how to just go with the flow. You become a more laid-back, well-rounded, positive person, and that’s the kind of person that everyone wants to be around. Fact.
10. You Only Live Once
And the final reason why you should catch flights, not feelings? Well, you might as well move around while you’re young and physically able. After all, what have you got to lose?
You never know what the future holds, therefore you should grab life with both hands while you can.
You only regret the opportunities that you didn’t take in life, so make sure yours is a good one without regrets – yeah?
Have you ever decided to catch flights, not feelings? What happened? Let me know in the comments below!