How Travel Encourages Happiness and Contentment

This article was developed via a partnership with BetterHelp.

Not everyone loves traveling. Some people are fully content staying at home. However, did you know that travel encourages happiness and contentment in your life and is also good for your mental health? Not only is getting outside good for you but experiencing new cultures, ideas, and information can broaden your scope and let you see things from another perspective.

Here are the top five reasons that travel can make you happier and more content in your own life.

You Will See Your Own Life in Perspective

When we get out of the home and out of the town we have always lived in; it allows us to put our lives and experiences into perspective. It shows us that our own experience in life is not the only experience and that there’s so much more to learn.

If you travel internationally, you may see how your own life back at home is actually quite good. Or you may find that you prefer another country and can learn more about things that you like and don’t like. You may also learn that you’ve previously taken for granted the things you have in your life. Learning to be more appreciative can come with frequent travel and experiencing more of the world.

You Can Make New Relationships

A huge cause of feeling happy and content has healthy and happy relationships. Meeting new people across the world can help foster this feeling.

Having international friends or people who have different experiences from you can also open your mind and provide more for you to bond on. You can share your cultures with each other and teach each other about the world as you know it.

You Will Learn New Information

Learning new information is not for everyone. However, expanding your mind is one of the main causes of being content. You may be misinformed if your only view of the world is from your own backyard. You can’t learn everything about culture, ideas, language, politics, social causes, and more if you’re only seeing them from a small community in one area of the world.

Traveling internationally or to other areas in your own country will always teach you something new, no matter how many times you do it. People are complex and interesting, and being able to understand the complexity of human existence can make you feel happy to be a part of something so cool.

You Can Share Your Culture

Culture is different in every country, and it can vary by ethnic group, city, state, and more. Sharing culture is something humans have done since we were hunters and gatherers. Sharing our cultures and ideas is one of the ways we connect with others.

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When you visit a new place, you can learn more about their customs. Learning about new cultures can even teach you about your own. This practice fosters connection, and connection fosters happiness and contentment with your life.

Getting Outside Is Good for You

There are many studies that show that nature is good for your mental health. Getting outside during your travels and experiencing new forms of nature is a great way to open your mind and heart to experiences and feel much happier in your personal life.

You can visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Glacier National Park in Montana, Machu Pichu in Peru, the Tijuca National Forest in Brazil, the gorgeous mountain ranges of Canada, and more. There are so many natural wonders that exist, waiting for you to explore them.


If exploring the world scares you, take it one day at a time. You don’t have to become an avid traveler or live on the road. However, taking at least one trip in your lifetime to somewhere completely different from where you live is going to help you open your mind to so much more happiness and contentment.

If you want to learn more about happiness, check out BetterHelp. They’ve got a huge online database of resources on mental health to learn more about your own mind.

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