We all look forward to escaping our boring lives and traveling to new, exciting places – and with the Covid-19 vaccine, we finally can.

Whether you take a short, local trip or a major vacation to another country, travel can help you relax. Here are four reasons why traveling makes you happy:

Travel reduces stress

Our daily lives are full of stressful situations, so taking the time to get away is the perfect way to clear your head. When we travel, we can easily forget about our stressors and recharge. We also tend to remember the good parts of our travels and forget the stressful parts in the long term, so travel makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Travel makes you more resilient

Visiting new places can be very exciting, but it can also be a bit intimidating, which takes you out of your comfort zone and forces you to try new things. Exploring a foreign country is fun, but you also have to deal with the language barrier, choosing from a variety of ways to get around, making sure you have an international driving permit, and experiencing new foods and people, which will ultimately make you a tougher person in the long run. Traveling builds resilience, and resilient people are typically happier.

Travel lets you think about your life

When you travel, you have plenty of time to think about whether or not you’re truly happy with your life. If you discover new interests when you’re away from home or realize that you need to make some life changes, you’ll feel motivated to build a better life when you arrive home.

Travel can strengthen your relationships

If you travel with your partner, you will quickly learn how you each communicate and how you can improve your relationship. You may also find yourself bonding with your significant other more than usual and connecting with them on a much deeper level. Just the act of planning a trip together with your partner can bring you closer than you were before – and make you happy. 

When you feel stressed or “down,” traveling can make you happier and help you improve your life in so many ways. So what are you waiting for? As soon as it’s safe in your area, plan a trip with your family, friends, or partner, and enjoy your new experiences!