Travelling with Wyndham might be easy, but sometimes it’s hard to justify exactly why you should take a holiday. Maybe you feel like you should be spending your money somewhere else, or maybe you just can’t seem to make the time. We’re here to tell you that a nice, long vacation is important because it’ll probably solve most of your problems (or make you forget about them for a little bit).
How does it do that? Well, you’re about to find out. We’ve put together eleven reasons to travel that will help you explain to your boss, co-workers and mother-in-law why you’re ditching them for three weeks and heading off into the great unknown. Enjoy!
11 Reasons to Travel and Get Out There
1. Challenge yourself
What’s life without a challenge? And what’s more challenging than hurling yourself headfirst into new and exciting experiences? Travelling is one of those things that, by definition, pulls you out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s your first time stepping onto an aeroplane or your first time scaling a glacier, a holiday is always a great way to ensure your world gets shaken and stirred.
2. Appreciate your life
Travelling is an easy way to bring back the joy of everyday living. Holidays are awesome, but we’re pretty sure that after a while you’ll start feeling homesick. And that’s a good thing! Enjoy your getaway, but enjoy coming back to your own little corner of the planet too. It’ll make you appreciate how much the little things actually mean to you.
3. Learn a new language
Feel like it’s time to upskill? Don’t go to a boring seminar or spend hundreds of dollars on an online course – just buy a plane ticket and head to a country where you don’t speak the language. Even a week or two in a place where English isn’t commonly spoken is a great way to flex your mind and learn some foreign words. Nothing says ‘employable’ like being able to communicate in five different languages, right?
4. Gain perspective
We get it. Life is stressful. You have to make difficult choices every day. What size soy chai latte mocha do you want? Should you buy the new iPhone outright, or sign up to a plan? What filter should you use for that #selfie? It’s okay to have first-world problems, but it’s also important to keep things in perspective. Travelling is a great way to remember how lucky you are, and helps remind you that those ‘difficult choices’ really aren’t that important after all.
5. Learn new things
Have you heard the saying “travelling is the best education”? No? Well, now you have. And it’s true! You’ll learn so much from travelling – you’ll get better at decision-making, find out lots of cool new information, become a pro at navigation, and probably pick up a whole host of practical skills too. What’s not to love?
6. Meet different people
Social butterflies, rejoice. There’s really no better way to make new friends and meet different people than travelling abroad. Go to farmers’ markets, chat to tour guides, or visit social hubs like taverns and bars to acquaint yourself with the local population. If you’re staying at a Wyndham property, you’ll even have the chance to connect with a whole bunch of like-minded travellers – nothings gets a friendship started like skydiving over the Southern Alps or downing a bottle of champers together.
7. Get some ‘me’ time
Between work, family and life generally, you probably don’t have much time for self-maintenance. You’re craving a deep-tissue massage, you desperately need a facial and those nails are not okay. Pamper yourself and get that physical reprieve you’ve been waiting for with a long, relaxing holiday. Pause for a spot of blatant self-promotion: most Wyndham properties have on-site self-care facilities like gyms, spas, beauty centres, trained masseuses and skin therapists. Excited? You should be.
8. Mentally reset
Even if you’ve managed to keep on top of your appearance, you’re probably suffering mentally. Too much work and not enough play isn’t healthy for anyone, and, if you’re struggling with work-life balance, a holiday can be just the thing to even you out. Once you’ve spent a week or two away from the office, the kids and those non-stop emails, you can return to your life feeling refreshed and ready to go again.
9. Feel like you’ve accomplished something
Do you feel like you’re stuck in the hamster wheel of corporate life? Does that annoying guy from Sales keep stealing the performance award that should have been yours? Are you beset by creeping feelings of inadequacy? Make it all go away with a holiday! When you return from your overseas adventure, you’ll really feel like you’ve accomplished something. Nothing says ‘I’m awesome’ like surviving a pub crawl in Bali or trekking through the wilds of Tasmania.
10. New food! Yum!
If you’re a foodie like we are (let’s be honest, who isn’t?), then you already know that travelling is the best way to get your lips around some delicious new cuisines. There’s so many different flavour palettes out there for all different kinds of palates (see what we did there?), and it’s so much fun experimenting with uniquely foreign foods.
11. Family time
Spending time with your family is one of those things we know is important but never seem to have the time for. It’s work, dinner, sleep, wake up, and back to work. Your partner has a job. The kids have school. Once they get older, you’ll see even less of them. Don’t let the good years slip away just because you didn’t want to commit to a holiday. Splash a bit of cash now, and create incredible memories that will last you and your family a lifetime. It sounds clichéd, but it’s true. Time really is the one thing that money can’t buy.
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