People love things that make them feel young (or remember their youth), feel free and be happy. Traveling is usually in the top 10. Why?

1. Traveling opens up your world.

In today’s world where emails and smartphones often replace face-to-face interaction, traveling makes you get out and interact with humanity. Traveling changes your scenery. When you travel, you are away from the daily routine of your life and you see new things which stimulate your mind and invite creative energy.

2. Traveling teaches you to relax.

Whether you want to or not at first, you have to chill out to really enjoy traveling. Traveling for pleasure rejuvenates you physically and mentally so you can return to your daily routine with more energy and patience. Taking a break from your routine – work, school, daily to-dos of parenthood, household chores, etc. – refreshes your mind and gives you the freedom you need to renew.

3. Traveling makes you active both physically and mentally.

Canopy tour at Hacienda Guachipelin in Costa RicaTraveling by its very nature makes you move. Whether you’re walking the streets of an ancient capital, exploring a museum, shopping in a bazaar, or simply lying on a sunny beach in Costa Rica, you are being active. New places may make you want to try new activities … ziplining or waterfall rappelling, anyone? Besides being good for your body, physical exercise is also good for your brain. Studies show our cerebrums learn and grow more by acting and interacting with the world. Mental stimulation, especially languages, improves brain function and protects against age-related losses in memory or motor skills. In other words, “use it or lose it.”

4. Traveling helps you to discover new things.

Traveling is education through experience. Travel brings to life things books only describe, no matter how well. When you travel, you learn there are many different ways of thinking and that other people have their own ways of living and doing things that work equally just as well. Traveling the globe makes you a lifelong learner. “Travel keeps you young by putting you in situations that make you feel like a child again: Magically lost in a moment of discovery.”

5. Traveling brings humility and connection.

Travel teaches humility. When you travel, you are often at the mercy of needing help from others. A kind, open, humble attitude gets you much farther than nastiness and arrogance. As you travel more, you learn that language, customs and exterior differences aside, that people share the same basic desires and concerns. You start to see that the world is both a big and small place and how interconnected we all really are.

6. Traveling teaches appreciation – for home, loved ones, good food, good company, beautiful sights, art, music, freedom, your blessings … and the list is endless.

Travel to Santa Teresa Beach, Costa Rica

The laid-back beach town of Santa Teresa is near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. Mal Pais, Playa Carmen, Santa Teresa, and Playa Hermosa – once secret hideaways for surfers and backpackers are now popular beaches sprinkled with eco-lodges, beach bungalows and upscale luxury boutique hotels. Yet, this multi-national paradise with world-class surf breaks remains off-the-beaten-path.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat is a relaxing oasis on the beach at Santa Teresa, with elaborate oceanfront villas and tropical bungalows in lush tropical gardens. Designed in exotic Bali-style, the luxury boutique hotel gives daily in-house yoga classes, and all-inclusive yoga vacations and surfing holidays.

Article by Shannon Farley