Can A Vacation Make You A Better Person?

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Can a vacation make you a better person? Well, of course, that depends on how you focus on the vacation. A ‘vacation’ is simply a term used to attribute traveling in a convenient format with time limitations. However, the aspect of travel is not something that can be adequately described in a brochure, or even the best sales pitch of your travel representative. The virtues and benefits you take away from traveling are yours to experience, and sometimes, yes, they can culminate in a better you. Here’s how…

Opening Minds

Travel will broaden your mind. This is important to think about. Often we can get into a routine of going to work, coming home, working out, watching television or Netflix and sleeping. Rinse and repeat all year, until we gain a two-week vacation to lay on a beach and maybe read a novel. We’re not suggesting that your schedule is bad it’s just that your mind could be fed in such a superior way. Because travel can open your mind to new ways of thinking, new people, new events, new things to experience. There could be a whole hidden side of you that you have yet to experience, just waiting to get out. You could be the best salsa dancer in the world. You’ll never know unless you try.

Zip line at Red Frog Beach

Force To Communicate

When out of your comfort zone in this way, you are forced to communicate with people around you whom you might not have otherwise met. Many people find that the language barrier can be a problem, but we’d suggest it’s simply a fun challenge. To do this will help you find similarities and wonder in the people around the world you otherwise would not interface with. You’ll find humor, goodwill and openness in most people you meet. Then you’ll realize that no matter how many sensational tabloid news articles you read, that the world is much more harmonious than you might think.


Appreciation comes in many forms. It could be admiring the beautiful seafaring view from a luxury world cruise. It could be delighting in trying many different cultures forms of cuisine. It could be simply enjoying a sunset beach with your better half. This form of appreciation is something we all crave. When sat in an office, looking out of the window with a glum expression and our head in our hands, we dream of moments like this. These are the moments that help you remember yourself as a person not a corporate entity. This is truly freeing and expands your spirit. How could you not be touched and made into a much more optimistic, joyful and grateful person as a result?

Not all vacations can afford the benefits that you have just read about. However, with a little wisdom, finding locations that help you feel this way with a great company, personal research or travel guide can help you immensely.

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7 comments / Add your comment below

  1. I’ve never thought of this before! You’re so right though, trying new things is perfect for getting outside your comfort zone!

  2. I am so with you on this. I always feel like travel has been something that has opened up my eyes to different cultures and has made me a more understanding, open minded, sympathetic person.

  3. I agree! Vacationing does make you a better person. I’m an introvert by nature, but traveling helps me step out of my comfort zone and be a better person. I’m looking forward to my next vacation as I type.

  4. I think travel can make you a better person. You get to take in various cultures and appreciate their differences. Vacations in different locations can really expand your mind and not to mention all of the rest an relaxation can definitely improve your mood over all .

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