Dapper ladies and gentlemen, sipping singapore slings on board glamorous vehicles of every kind. Once traveling was a most glamorous affair. Nowadays, even upper tier travelers have to endure exhaustive security checks, long queues and perhaps, heavy traffic.
In this light, for all those who lead fruitful albeit busy and stressful lives, staying home ( and its comforts!) might seem like a more viable option.
So why bother travelling at all (for pleasure anyway)?
Once more the old, sage adage is spot on: Eat well, travel often. The first part of the saying is self evident: Quality sustenance is a prerequisite for a qualitative life. As per the second bit, howbeit toilsome it might look like, travel is actually good for you. Mentally, physically and emotionally, you can gain a lot from getting up from your lazy boy couch to visit places you’ve never been. That’s no idle claim; contemporary scientific evidence suggests that among other benefits, travel helps you sleep better, builds up your immune system, makes you smarter and that’s not to mention, considerably more interesting.
Eat well, travel often. Let life surprise you. Gain new friends, new experiences, new stories. And if you need more convincing, here are some of the benefits of traveling:
Travelling enhances your health
Recent US studies demonstrate that women who holiday at least twice a year have a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who only travel every six years or so. The same goes for men. Men who do not take an annual vacation, display a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of heart disease. Evidence furthermore supports that three days after being on a holiday, travelers feel less anxious, more rested and in a better mood. What’s more, these benefits begin well before the trip does; while linger for weeks after it has ended. A Cornell University study in fact has found that the anticipation of taking a trip is far greater than the anticipation of acquiring a physical possession! Eat well, travel often then, for lower stress, lower blood pressure, higher optimism and increased life expectancy.
Travelling sharpens your mind
Get up, go to work, get back home, relax, maybe play. Chances are that you’re on autopilot during most of your daily life. Few surprises, not much to worry or fret about. Whilst ιn your cozy comfort zone, a part of your brain however feels stifled and bored. While travelling, you’ll need to find your way around unfamiliar places, communicate in foreign languages, try new things, modify your eating and sleeping patterns. What’s given back home, now requires processing and analysis. As Huffington Post writer Don Roitman points, picking up new words in a different language significantly enhances your brain capacities. Accordingly, facing new, possibly challenging, situations forces you to become more resourceful and creative in order to cope. This in turn makes more confident and independent. You realize that you are strong and brave, even though you never thought you had it in you. So eat well, travel often, if anything for your self esteem!
Travelling makes you more interesting
Would you like to hear about a person who spent their leave of absence home, gardening, doing crosswords and reading their paper? Or would you rather listen to the stories of another type who ate giant snails in a quaint village taverna; found umami in a private candlelit dinner under the stars; slept like a baby in pillows fluffier than a duckling; splashed around in their private infinity pool; went fishing with age old, rugged but incredibly kindhearted locals; felt like a newborn with the most relaxing massage ever; kite-surfed with the pros; hiked along ancient routes strewn with byzantine remnants, scenic farmhouses, cute windmills and little churches; redefined style in elegant boutiques and quirky shops; discovered a miraculous paleo Christian church, marble quarries from the early Cycladic period and an enchanted forest with butterflies; went swimming in virgin beaches with aquamarine -in- technicolor waters; saw exotic reefs and shipwrecks while scuba diving; rubbed shoulders with the glitterati in the hottest beach bars; danced their nights away to the sound of world class Dj’s; and partied like there’s no tomorrow in traditional fiestas with violins and bagpipes.
The question is of course rhetorical. We know whose anecdotes we’d like to hear; and we bet the same goes for you. The first person stayed put. Within the snug confines of their comfort zone. The second went to Paros island. And among other exciting stuff, enjoyed a glorious stay at the Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa, wined and dined at Nefeli Restaurant, got the royal treatment and the most rejuvenating therapies at the Astir Spa in Paros.
It is a fact: Travelling grants you scintillating experiences, which turn into cool stories that shall captivate any audience. So, eat well, travel often. See the icons, but also venture off the beaten path. Break bread with the locals, open yourself up to new encounters, learn novel languages and skills and get back home with an array of fascinating tales to tell!
Eat well, travel often: Placing great emphasis on authentic, original experiences -and palatable food– this is our mantra at the Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros. Let wanderlust be your fuel; come and join us in an adventure of a lifetime.