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Can Traveling Affect Your Emotional Intelligence?


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Enjoy a Better Life Through Travel

Have you ever noticed you felt mentally strong after coming back from your vacations? You are on a different level of mental relief. What seemed overwhelming before you left on holiday, just seems like a delightful and pleasant experience to overcome. You feel it strong when you travel.
 
Your inner emotions are calm which allows, you to be more happy. It leads us to the question: Can traveling on an international trip have a positive effect on your Emotional intelligence? We all know that the world is drowning with knowledge (think Internet!) but do we have the wisdom to grasp a new world idea? We are not emotionally that intelligent to be enlightened by mere knowledge, because we often get disappointing news.
 
However, while we drown in bad news from the TV and the Internet, an international travel experience can really help save our positive outlook! us. As far as I know, Traveling has the power to change minds and make you a totally different and better version of yourself. Now let’s see how travel can boost your EQ and help you grow for better.

Key Elements of Emotional Intelligence

Intelligence to the masses was only an IQ that was verified by simple tests and trials. But Emotional Intelligence is a little different from it. It tells you the way the brain processes your positive and negative emotions. Main elements of Emotional Intelligence are:
 

  • Self-Awareness including Self-Control
  • Social-awareness including relationship management
“Of the people we’ve studied at work, we’ve found that 90% of top performers were high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers were high in emotional intelligence.”

 
Of all the people we’ve studied at work, we’ve found that 90% of top performers were also high in emotional intelligence. On the flip side, just 20% of bottom performers were high in emotional intelligence. You can be a top performer without emotional intelligence, but the chances are slim.” (weforum). It defines the exact number and needs for emotional intelligence in this era of technology. Not only to fit in the changing world but to discover the higher potential of your brain.

How Can Travel Boost Emotional Intelligence?

Meet People

I have explained the basic idea of Emotional Intelligence. Now all you need is to see that if travel can help you enhance all these traits. Personally, I have witnessed it in me after every trip. My voyages are more like treasures to me because they help me build better relationships with nature and with people.

Discover Your Core Abilities

Hiking, camping, and solo travel had done a great job in teaching me the best of life. It took me to the journey where I didn’t know how I will respond to the situation. However, I ended up strong and self-aware. Our routines are nothing but a distraction, Traveling helps us to focus on one thing at a time. The scenery and activities can keep you look into yourself.
Meeting new people and exploring new cultures is a lot more help than what we have been taught in school. Apart from the information, we need powerful survival instincts. It stimulates the communication between the rational and emotional brain. You will start seeing things with entirely different perspectives while discovering your own abilities to the core.

Recognizing the Process of Rational and Emotional Thinking

In this whole process of thinking, your mind learns to plan. When you plan a trip and look out for bookings/hotels or activities. Your brain thinks about comfort and as well as drive you towards a new adventure. But you will prepare through the emergency situations too. You planned everything logically but somehow, the hotel was not that great, and you had to switch. Now, this is the decision of your emotional intelligence. It doesn’t allow you to sit there and mourn about disappointed or unexpected hurdles but leads you to the possible solution.

Explore the Art of Self-Control

In planning and taking a journey to a foreign place teaches you self-management. The art of self-control is not rocket science. It only requires focus and a lot of patience. It will illustrate the difference between tolerance and just being scared of responding back. Most people confuse their fear with patience. The reality is they are afraid to fight back.
 
Once I had an odd experience of a stalker. I walked down the street and tried ignoring him, but ultimately, I turned back and asked: “do you want to talk?” Remember, confidence is the key to any journey, whether you are dealing with a challenging situation or just a simple interaction. Courage and willingness to try will bring long term results for you.
Traveling is the same magical journey that builds inner confidence and allows you to recognize your power with the greatest force.

Learn Stress Management

Yoga on Vacation

We often see in the news that climate is changing and it is dangerous for human species. Traveling helps us to breathe natural air. Whether you are traveling to a historical place or a mountain area, it will provide you with a change in your routine environment. Stress can also be a routine for us. Many younger people have insomnia, anxiety, stress, and they are trying very hard to cope with it. Getting out in nature can offer help in situations of distress. Studies in Japan on Forest Bathing have shown that a walk in nature helps soothe the soul with a calming influence.
 
When I travel, many things are in my mind include packing all the essentials and purchasing gifts for loved ones back home, but this doesn’t feel like a burden anymore. I do it for fun and a mood of excitement. Things are never as planned, but little issues don’t bother anymore. Our lives are stuck with daily pressure dealing and other personal problems. A little time-out away from all these can help you relax and enjoy life even if it is for a day or two. Slowly and gradually, you will learn emotional intelligence, and instead of stressing out on things, you will make your mind to find solutions.

Conclusion

The impact of traveling on our emotional intelligence is quite clear. A break from the norm is necessary not only for stress but for your mind to stay in the right frame. For example, athletes are a great example. They exercise and try their best to stay fit. The only way they can perform well in a game is when their body is fit for the challenge of the game. So, the same is with the mind, you can’t pour it out without filling it again. Emotional intelligence is the way towards sanity, and traveling around can affect your brain on a huge level.

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Aafia Khalid

Aafia Khalid

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Aafia Khalid, is living in Leeds, United Kingdom, with her parents who are from Egypt. She loves to explore and share about the travel experiences, travel destinations, history and cultures around the World

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