March 25, 2017

Travel Opens Your Eyes & Promotes Happiness

Travel Opens Your Eyes

International travel can make a profound impact on those who yearn to see more and do more. But did you know international travel can actually promote happiness in the rest of your life? If you haven’t traveled internationally yet, here are some good reasons you should take the plunge and explore new cultures.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

International travel will expand your comfort zone. While this might not sound like fun for some people, travel continually asks you to reevaluate your priorities. You will learn a lot about yourself when you travel. Backpack across Europe or drive the Australian coast. These experiences can show you more than you ever imagined and break you out of your zone. While in New Zealand you might go bungee jumping (after all, the Kiwis invented it), something you thought you’d never do. Traveling internationally can help you realize your true potential and self.

Disconnect

Disconnect from your everyday life. Re-energize your ambitions. Rekindle a spark for your professional life or romantic relationship. Distance gives perspective in all things. Sometimes this means metaphorical distance, but in this case, you might actually want to visit China, take one huge step back. This can help you look at any stressful situations back home objectively. Hike the Great Wall of China, visit Guilin for the best Karst landscapes and meet new and exciting people. Arrive home and tackle your life head on and recharged.

Surprise Yourself

While bungee jumping in New Zealand was an adrenaline rush, driving in a foreign country, like Great Britain, is much more dangerous. If you want mobility in your travels, then a car is your best bet. Make sure you know the rules of the road — particularly which side of the road to drive on so you’re international adventure isn’t bogged down by costly traffic citations. When you navigate these bureaucratic agencies and finally set off on the road in England or Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, it’s proof you can handle yourself in a foreign country. This confidence will carry over to your life back home once you return.

Acceptance

New cultures will constantly surprise you. It probably won’t always be comfortable. Whether you find yourself at a horse barbecue in South Korea, served grubs or large grasshoppers in Thailand, or watch a family of seven all climb onto a single motorcycle while you’re in Nepal, you’ll find yourself accepting things you would have taken issue with just weeks before. When you can accept the way things are, instead of stressing about how you wish things were, you’ll relax and simply go with the flow of life. You’ll become more open to suggestions and so easier going.

Have Fun Anywhere

While travel has many rewards, it comes with its own bevy of stresses. Missed trains or flights are just the beginning. A mix up in lodge reservations can leave you without a bed for a night. A broken down train can mean you’re stranded in the station overnight, and you’ll learn and relearn the navigation of every place you visit. While this can be stressful, you’ll learn you can enjoy anything. If you get lost when on the search for your hostel, you’ll see some parts of the city you wouldn’t have otherwise. A night spent in the train station might lead you to meet someone you’d never have enjoyed the company of if that train hadn’t been delayed. You’ll learn how you can enjoy every moment. Even the hard ones.

I’ve Got to Get Down Under – Australian National Parks I Should Visit In My Life

One of the things social media and my online activities have gained me over the years is a number of friends and contacts in Australia. One of these days I’ll get to visit there. Once I get there, I hope to be able to spend quite a bit of time there before returning home. Here are a few different places I need to be sure and visit once I arrive.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

The ancient Italian poet Dante once said, “Nature is the art of God”.

Australia seems to have been the canvas for much of God’s work as there are countless places of unimaginable beauty on the continent.

One of the many joys of taking a road trip in Australia is the ability to easily get ‘off the beaten track’ and enjoy nature at its best – solitude, mosquitoes, critters, dust, heat and all.

Best of all, the country’s wilderness areas are so incredibly diverse that worshippers of nature can lap up a range of different adventures all in one continent – albeit a ridiculously large one.

One of the easiest ways to get a taste of Australian landscapes is by touring some of the many national parks.

Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)

One of the most enduring images people have of Australia is of waterfalls crashing down into pristine emerald coloured waters, wetlands teeming with wildlife, deep gorges, ancient Aboriginal rock art and towering sandstone cliffs. At the world-famous Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest national park, you’ll find all these dramatic landscapes and more. The landscape goes through an incredible transformation during the wet and dry seasons and is only accessible during certain months, so plan ahead. The park’s biodiversity includes a mindboggling number of plants, freshwater fish, birds and insects (and of course, the odd crocodile or two).

Daintree National Park (Queensland)

You simply can’t go wrong with a spot of wilderness where ancient rainforested mountains meet the sea. Lush and altogether magical, Daintree is about 100 kilometres from Cairns. Visitors tend to head towards Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge, both accessible and scenic areas which demonstrate exactly why the region has been listed as a Wet Tropics World Heritage area. You can find out more about the area’s flora and fauna at the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Cradle Mountain (Tasmania)

Not all travellers make it as far south as Tasmania. The ones that don’t miss out on an iconic wilderness experience of a lifetime: Cradle Mountain. Snuggled within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National park, this gorgeous destination is world famous for its sometimes-strenuous Overland Track. The trail snakes through enchanting old rainforests and beautiful alpine plains, and past icy streams and mountains before arriving at Lake St Clair where there are panoramic views to soak up. If you’d like a touch of luxury during your trip to this world heritage-listed area, join a boutique guiding tour where you’ll be treated like a king or queen: gourmet fare and a comfortable bed at the end of a hard day’s walk.

Croajingolong National Park (Victoria)

The long drive from Melbourne to this unspoilt coastal national park means it’s less crowded and more spectacular for you. The park covers a huge area and has a stunning array of landscapes from luscious rainforests and granite peaks to pristine beaches and rocky headlands. Croajingolong’s habitats and ecosystems are so precious that they’ve been nominated as a World Biosphere Area by the international body UNESCO. Popular sites within the park include the Point Hicks lighthouse, unusual sand dunes at Thurra River and Mount Everard. Apart from hiking, there’s plenty else to do. Outdoorsy types can surf, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, sea kayak, mountain bike or go four-wheel driving.

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (New South Wales)

One of Sydney’s most popular national parks, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is an ideal destination. Although less than 25 kilometres from the city, the park feels like a real nature getaway. It’s jam packed with walking trails featuring a host of viewing goodies: rocky cliffs, mangroves, heaths, forests, bay views, Aboriginal rock art sites and beaches. Pack a picnic and discover the park’s many highlights.

This post is by Jessica Spencer, she is a niche blogger and currently working for Car Rental Sydney.