There are numerous excellent reasons to travel, including the opportunity to relax in the sun for a while if you live in a colder climate, as well as the opportunity to see new sights and sounds and enjoy a more energetic and exciting pace of life if desired.
However, one of the more unexpected advantages of traveling is that it may actually help you appreciate your own home more by the time you return — and not just because the trip went badly.
Here are a few ways that travel might help you appreciate home more.
By giving you time to miss it
Have you ever heard the saying “absence makes the heart grow fonder?”
If you’re at home most of the time, you likely end up falling into the trap of taking it for granted. This isn’t surprising, since being totally immersed in a particular environment naturally stops us from noticing its details in the kind of mindful and conscious way we would if we were just visiting that location for a short time.
Obviously, one of the main benefits of home is that it’s familiar and comfortable, and doesn’t feel new or strange. But going away for a while on vacation can nonetheless give you time to miss your home, so that when you return again it feels like a bit of a fresh and welcoming experience.
By inspiring you to make positive changes
One of the good things about travel is that it can lead to a lot of great creative insights, and can inspire us to think outside of the box and to have big and bold ideas along the way.
This is probably at least partly because of the fact that traveling naturally puts us in a more upbeat and adventurous frame of mind if all is going well.
Traveling can therefore inspire you to make positive changes in your life as a whole, as well as in your home — whether through the installation of architectural shingles on your roof or the transformation of your interior decor.
By helping you to shed some everyday stress that you may have been dealing with for a while
One thing that has the potential to frequently interfere with our ability to enjoy our home lives, is simple stress.
Everyone deals with stressful situations from time to time, from a variety of different sources. While travel isn’t guaranteed to eliminate whatever stress you may be feeling, there’s a good chance that it will at least help to reduce it. After blowing off some steam, having some fun, and getting away from whatever situations may have been frustrating you for a while, there’s a good chance that you’ll return from your travels more relaxed and in a better position to enjoy your home without feeling quite as overwhelmed or frustrated.
Traveling can be a great opportunity to explore new places, cultures, and lifestyles. But it can also offer some more unexpected benefits, too — like helping you to appreciate home more by the time you return from your trip. So, if you’re feeling a bit fed up with your current surroundings and are considering going on vacation, remember that there may be more than one outcome from your travels. Besides having some great stories to share with your friends and family upon your return, you may find that you have a renewed appreciation for the comforts of home.