There are many things that can make a person feel as though their life has meaning or purpose. This could include getting involved in activism, supporting charities, volunteering work, worship & prayer, or generally devoting time to helping others and the world. There is no one right way to feel fulfilled spiritually. However, there are some chief spiritual benefits of travel.
For some, feeling more satisfied with their life, who they are, and what their purpose comes from traveling the world. In fact, studies have been conducted to prove this very thing.
Recently, a team of researchers in Tawain surveyed a group of 500 people to discover the relationship between travel and happiness — and the results were just as you might suspect.
Frequent travel, especially global travel, had a significantly positive effect on satisfaction and well-being. In other words, people who travel often around the world tend to feel more fulfilled spiritually, mentally, and even physically.
But such an interesting finding deserves retrospection. Let’s dig into the details of what exactly is so fulfilling about travel, and what it can do for your mind, body, and spirit.
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The Spiritual Satisfaction of Traveling the World
Everyone could use a little more adventure in their life, or so they say. But traveling isn’t just about the physical adventure and the things you get to see and do. It’s also about how it changes your mind and your perspective on life, as well as how you feel about yourself internally, which plays a role in how you feel spiritually connected to your purpose and the world around you.
So if you are feeling lost or out of sync with the world and your life, it may be a sign that your spiritual life needs more travel. Your soul might just be longing for more to feel happier and more satisfied. Thankfully, there are tons of boosts and spiritual benefits of travel. Read further, and see what we mean.
Travel Gives You a New Perspective on Your Home Life
For many, falling into the same old dull routine day after day can be soul-crushing. Even if you are someone who likes routine, a lack of excitement and new experiences can drain you mentally. If your mental health is struggling, this can impact your spiritual sense of being.
When you travel more, especially to far-reaching places where you are placed in unfamiliar and exciting situations, it can open your mind to what is happening in the world around you and even test your limits. Doing so can help you develop more appreciation for the life you do have. Thus, when you return home, you can see things from a different perspective and feel better about your purpose and what you are doing with your life.
Traveling Helps You Connect More With Nature
We lead busy, chaotic lives today, which is a far cry from how people used to live. While there are many benefits and advantages to living in an advanced society now, it does mean we have lost sight of the simple things that help us feel grounded and connected to the world around us.
Nature, for example, is something people could use a little more of to heal their minds and souls, and when you travel more, you tend to spend more time outdoors. And there is much to be said about the transformative and healing powers of nature.
You can witness amazing natural events when you travel the world that can fill you with awe and wonder. If you have a religion, spending time in nature can help you let go of the things that are holding you back so you can connect more deeply to your practice. Spending more time outside exploring new places can also help you become more mindful and appreciative of the earth and what it provides.
Traveling Helps You Live More Consciously
We have grown to become a very materialistic society, but focusing too much on ownership of physical things can detract from the immaterial things that matter more. In other words, if you have too much stuff or are too focused on gaining money and physical things, it can block you from feeling satisfied spiritually.
However, people who travel more, especially those who spend the majority of their time traveling, tend to care less about materialistic things and live a more minimalistic yet spiritually fulfilling life.
For example, people who travel full-time, live in RVs, or always fly off to new destinations, tend to feel more satisfied with their lives because they are focused more on experiences and less on physical “stuff.” This, in turn, also means they are living more consciously or sustainably, which helps them feel better about their lives and how they are helping to protect the earth.
Traveling Can Help You Feel Empowered
Some people lose sight of who they are and what they are capable of when they get stuck in the daily grind of their day-to-day lives. Thus, in contrast, traveling more can remind people of their strengths, who they are, what makes them special, and why their life matters.
Traveling can be especially empowering for people who struggle more than others in their daily life, such as those with chronic illness, mental health issues, or disabilities. Just because you have limitations, does not mean you can’t still travel and feel fulfilled like anyone else, and traveling can even help remind those who have limitations that their life still matters.
We have also come a long way regarding accessibility, as there are plenty of accessible vacation spots around the world for people who might need special accommodations. But it’s also important to remember that accommodations are just one part of traveling. Traveling is more about the experiences and the places you get to go and the people you get to meet, which can be all the more empowering and fulfilling for people with disabilites.
There are so many ways that a person can feel more spiritually fulfilled through global travel. It’s also all about what you personally make of the experience. You can make your traveling as deeply spiritual as you’d like. It’s all about the intentions you set, being more mindful and open, and having more gratitude for your life and the people in it.
About the Author: Ainsley Lawrence is a writer who loves to talk about good health, balanced life, and better living through technology. She is frequently lost in a good book.