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Why You Should Prioritize Travel - 6 Benefits of Making Travel a Priority

Many women dream of expanding their horizons and seeing the world through travel. Unfortunately, most put those ambitions on the back burner. Life's responsibilities take over, and those bucket-list experiences become nothing more than an unfulfilled fantasy.

But it doesn't have to be that way.

Traveling can be life-changing. It's an opportunity to see and experience the world in an entire new light. While prioritizing travel can seem tough, it's certainly possible - even if you have a full-time job.

So, what's holding you back? For many women, it's the outdated idea that traveling should be a low-priority luxury you can only do once a year. But the reality is that taking time to explore different parts of the world is good for your mind, body and soul. And it deserves a high spot on your list of life priorities!

At Cherish, we aim to help women travel with a purpose. We've met women from all walks of life who have chosen to prioritize travel and continue to reap the rewards. In this blog, we'll share some benefits we've seen these women gain, showing you what's possible when you make travel a top priority in your life.

woman smiling on a safari in tanzania

1. Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Did you know that traveling is good for your mental and physical health? That's not just hearsay. Countless studies prove that frequent travel makes a difference in your overall health.

Physically, traveling can improve your heart health. One study found that taking more vacations throughout the year can result in fewer incidences and symptoms of metabolic syndrome. Another study showed that women who only go on vacation every six years or less had a higher risk of coronary death compared to those who went on vacation at least twice a year.

When you're traveling, you're more active. Non-travelers tend to live more sedentary lifestyles than those who travel regularly. So whether you're exploring a new city for the weekend or going on an unforgettable safari in Tanzania, you're improving your physical health.

But it doesn't stop there. Frequent travel can also lead to better mental health. A study involving women living in rural Wisconsin suggests that taking two or more vacations a year substantially reduces the risk of depression and anxiety. The best part is that you can go on short trips for this benefit. Researchers found that a four-day vacation decreases stress for at least five weeks after returning home!

Whether you're dealing with workplace burnout or the stresses of everyday life, there's no better form of self-care than traveling.

2. Make Memories and Form Bonds That Matter

Traveling is a fantastic way to make memories that last a lifetime. Whether you travel solo or decide to go on an adventure with your best gal pals, those are moments you'll never forget.

Think about your greatest memories now. You may only go on vacation once every few years, but those are likely major highlights in your life story. Wouldn't it be nice to have more of them?

When you travel, you share experiences with others that no one else in your life can relate to. There's nothing more beautiful than sharing an amazing sight on a custom Cherish tour with people you care deeply about or living life on the edge and being present with a travel group you just met. Those moments stick with you. It's a chance to find community and form bonds that transcend lifestyles and backgrounds.

We could all use more amazing memories to reflect on and relationships to cherish, and traveling is a great way to do just that.

new women friends sitting by a river in denmark

3. Expand Your Perspective on the World

It's easy to fall into a routine of visiting the same places and interacting with the same people. While there's nothing wrong with familiarity, it's always wise to grab every opportunity you have to step out of your comfort zone.

Traveling allows you to gain a new perspective about who you are and what impact you're making with your time on this planet.

When you travel with Cherish, you can have authentic interactions with people from different backgrounds while immersing yourself deep into new cultures. It's a chance to see how other people live, and your journeys can be transformative in more ways than you know. Frequent travel will make you more cultured, help you empathize with lifestyles different from your own, and even allow you to think more creatively in everything you do.

4. Meet New People

Visiting a new place can force you outside your social comfort zone, but that can be a rewarding and transformative thing! It doesn't matter who you are in your everyday life. Traveling is an opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures.

While that aspect of travel can be daunting, it's easier to connect than you might think. You might be very different at face value, but the beautiful part of being a human is that we all have something to connect on - whether that's a love of travel, food, or new adventures. You might surprise yourself with how many beautiful moments you share with complete strangers. And you never know, these strangers could turn into life-long friendships.

new friends smiling in kitchen in alaska

5. Gain Opportunities for Personal Growth

Everyone should strive for personal growth. But your never-ending journey to becoming a better person can stagnate when you don't step out of your comfort zone, experience new places, try new activities, and meet new people. There is tremendous value in pushing yourself outside the confinements of routine and familiarity.

There are many ways that travel can help you grow as an individual. Surrounding yourself with diverse people and cultures can make you more empathetic to others. You can gain a deeper understanding of different backgrounds, challenging what you know about the world. Meanwhile, the natural challenges involved with traveling push you out of your comfort zone to build character while forging a path toward more confidence and independence.

You can learn more on a short vacation than an entire year of staying in your home city! The possibilities are endless, and countless opportunities to learn from others exist. Traveling allows you to reflect on your life and everything you know.

Change and new experiences are the ticket to growth. You can't expect to make those strides living in the comfortable bubble that is your everyday life. With Cherish, you can gain those all-important experiences and create a real positive impact through travel. All the while, you grow and gain more understanding of the world around you.

6. Enrich Your Life

Traveling can enrich your life in more ways than you could ever imagine. Talk to any well-traveled person, and they'll have countless stories of adventures–too many to discuss in one conversation!

Travel experiences are fulfilling. Whether you explore the rainforests of Costa Rica or immerse yourself in the history of Istanbul, you take many things away from your journey. You bring home amazing memories, new friendships, a slice of a new culture, moments of self-reflection and so much more.

Regular travel can significantly improve your quality of life. It leads to more happiness and can make you a better person.

women smiling on beach in costa rica

Discover the Joys and Benefits of Travel

These are just a handful of reasons why you should prioritize travel. The truth is that seeing the world can enrich your life in more ways than we could ever write about. You shouldn't have to wait to cross off destinations on your bucket list or indulge in experiences you've always wanted to have. You only have one life to live, so why not see and do as much as possible?

Now that you know that you should prioritize travel, are you wondering how to prioritize travel? Check out this blog to learn exactly how to prioritize travel in your life.

Embark on your next journey with Cherish. We're ready to help you discover more of the world, positively impact the places you visit and create unforgettable memories with curated experiences for women by women. Reach out today to plan your next adventure.

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