March 26, 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.

How to Buy a Recreational Vehicle

The Open Road

Planning to hit the road for the entire summer? You’ll need the right vehicle to travel in style.

There are many times where I’ve dreamed of a life out on the road, combining living and working and exploring all into one big ball of fun. I’m not so sure my family would agree with my desire to live the life of a traveling nomad though. Tha’s not exactly their idea of the kind of family travel they would enjoy as much as our normal vacations.

I’d imagine actually buying a recreational vehicle would be fun, but you have to have some knowledge about RVs before making a purchase. The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association considers an RV to be a motorized or towable vehicle that has transportation and temporary living quarters for camping, recreation, and travel.

Determining Which Types of Recreational Vehicle You Need

Before you can purchase a recreational vehicle, you have to determine which type you’ll need. What will it be used for? How often will you use it? How many people will be traveling in it? What will you be taking along with you? This will help you determine the size, amenities, and flexibility that you need in an RV. Some RVs come with all the amenities of a hotel, while others simply provide glorified camping amenities. What you’ll be using the RV for will determine how much you’ll need to spend and whether or not you’ll also need to purchase a pickup truck.

5 Things to Know About Recreational Vehicles

  1. Visit a specialty dealer (an RV dealer) rather than a car dealer; car dealers don’t typically sell RVs and even if they do, they won’t be knowledgeable enough to help you make a good decision. RVs can be purchased either new or used.
  2. Motorhomes are motorized recreational vehicles that offers both transportation and living quarters. Various sizes and styles are available, from van-sized campers to luxury RVs. A variety of amenities can be included in a motorhome.
  3. Towable recreation vehicles are travel trailers, truck campers, and sport utility recreational vehicles. As with motorhomes, there are various sizes and styles of towable recreational vehicles.
  4. Motorized recreational vehicles are more expensive than towable vehicles. However, the perk of a motorhome is that you don’t need a separate vehicle to get it around.
  5. Towable vehicles typically require a pickup truck, which is a major consideration if you don’t already own a truck.

Looking for more information about recreational vehicles? Find more here.

More of My Travel Writings

Travel Trip A Mileage

A friend of mine recently asked for some suggestions about a family vacation in Orlando. Since I’ve been going to Orlando with my family at least once a year for about the last 5 years I figured I had some good ideas to share with her. I also remembered I had written about some of our adventures on a couple of other travel sites. I was trying to find those posts and discovered that they redesigned their site and my posts weren’t quite as easy to find anymore. It’s too bad, in the migration to the new site they broke all the images to the posts I had included.

So, here they are:

Here’s a post about one of our Spring Break adventures:

And another general travel one where I was interviewed by MJ for her travel blog: