Have you been staring out the window daydreaming about faraway places?
Have you gotten lost in your computer screensaver, wishing you could climb inside and experience that landscape firsthand? Have you been scrolling through travel photos on social media thinking, “Wouldn’t that be nice?” These are just a few symptoms of a soul that longs to travel.
You might recognize these other signs that you’re ready for a vacation:
1. You’re Tired of the Same Old Views
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – Augustine of Hippo
Whether it’s your office or your living room window, you’re tired of the same views and the same day-to-day routine. You’re ready to see the world with fresh eyes, journey to new places, and take a break from that routine.
Plus, you found that your phone has an amazing camera and you want to show your friends and family that you’re adventurous too! (Want to know how to show off those amazing photos? Check out Why Instagram is Our Favorite Travel App.)
2. You’re Stressed and tired all the time
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart!” -Confucius
Numerous studies have shown that taking vacations can benefit your health. One study found that men and women who vacation at least once annually show a lower risk of heart disease. Travelers also report feeling less stressed and more energy following a vacation. And a Cornell study found that the anticipation of an upcoming trip also increases happiness. So, you can experience the benefits of traveling before you even head out the door!
3. You Want to Add More Stamps to Your Passport
“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.” – Dalai Lama
On average, UK residents visit 10 countries in their lifetime, Germans visit eight, and the French visit five. The average American only travels to three! Your passport has plenty of blank pages waiting to be filled with stamps!
4. You Want to Be Inspired
“Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times” – Asian Proverb
Exploring new cities and engaging with different cultures opens your mind to fresh perspectives. If you want to be creatively inspired and tap into a well of unique ideas, travel!
5. Your Bucket List Is Getting Long
“Oh the places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss
Maybe you’ve always wanted to go zip lining in the jungle, traverse the Great Wall of China, or stand in awe of the pyramids. Whatever activities are on your bucket list, you can start crossing them off on your next trip.
6. You Need Some New Stories
“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battutah
You’ve always been able to hold an audience, but lately, you’ve been recycling your old stories. See the world and bring home some new tales to regale future dinner parties and holiday gatherings!
7. Your Name Starts with a Letter Between A & Z
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.
There’s a perfect vacation out there for everyone—whether you prefer historic landmarks or exotic locales, traveling by rail or by boat, adventure or elegance. Don’t ignore the signs; take that trip your soul has always longed to take.