I know we all want to hunker down and stay home. But in the last 3 weeks I have traveled quite a bit more than usual—mostly for business—and it reminded me that travel is especially important in down times. Here’s why:
1. Deals abound. There are a lot of great rates and promotions right now, so travel is more affordable than ever. Airlines, hotels, and restaurants are desperate for business, so they are lowering their prices.
2. Places are empty. Hotels, restaurants…you can go wherever you want without freaking out about reservations. And airport security is a breeze! (Well, almost.)
3. You support local communities. When we get out of our own local circle, we can see more clearly how all of our local circles are interconnected and dependent on one another. Our travel dollars can directly help keep people employed and businesses alive.
4. We all need a break from bad news. The truth is, these ARE stressful times, and getting away from it all can really make it much more bearable. When we disconnect even a little bit from our usual routines, it’s easier to see that the world is not ending and everything is going to be OK. Plus, studies have shown that people who take vacations live longer than those who don’t…I know I read that somewhere.
5. You learn new things. It’s hard not to learn at least one new thing when you go someplace new. Learning new things keeps us mentally alive, helps us think differently on our own lives, and brings fresh perspectives to our current situation.
Here’s what I learned on my recent trips: I think we are all going to be fine. But at the end of the day, life is fleeting, so try to love every day.