Let’s face it, if you’re on here right now, chances are that you already are interested in travel. To some extent, I think we all are so this post isn’t at all about trying to convince you to travel or trying to tell you what you’re missing out on by now travelling more (thanks to instagram, pinterest, travel blogs, snapchat and so much more – we have lots of that already).

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Nah, this post is more to remind you or perhaps even to re-affirm to you, the many reasons why you should finally go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of, steps outside your door to explore more of your local neighbourhood or perhaps even move all the way across the world to a country you’ve always dreamt of visiting. Whatever the case is for you, here are 10 reasons why you should travel more this year…

1.) Let’s start with an obvious one shall we? And that’s because travel is fun! It’s nice to visit places you’ve always wanted to see and experience things you’ve only dreamt about. Travel is fun and that’s a huge reason why we all get inspired to travel.

2.) There’s so much more you can learn from other people and the opportunity to improve on your skills/knowledge is a big reason to travel. It doesn’t even matter if all you’re improving is learning something as mundane as how to brew coffee better – when you consider that you’re learning on your travels and combining it with number 1 (i.e. having fun), you start to run out of reasons not to travel (finances and personal circumstances permitting of course!).

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel More This Year

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3.) Travelling makes you curious. This kind of curiousity is a great thing too as it’s the kind of life skill that stops you from making preconceived notions about people/places and take the time to actually ask “Why”.

4.) The food can be pretty good on your travels. The world is increasingly global so chances are that even if you’ve not travelled much in the past, you’ve probably tasted and particularly enjoyed food from another part of the world you’ve never visited. Travel is a chance to try these foods first hand from the locals who actually created and inspired these recipes – Curry enthusiast? Head over to India! Pizza fiend? Italy’s the place to go. Taco crazy? Head on down to Mexico!

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5.) Travel teaches you tolerance. You gain new perspective as you start to see things through other people’s perspectives. You may not always agree with it (nor would anyone expect you to) but at least you’ll understand it a bit more.

6.) You have great stories to tell. This gets even better if you travel with friends and family to share these stories and experiences with. Even if you travel solo, your experiences will definitely set you apart from everyone else and truly help you appreciate who you are as an individual more (even if it’s just for the humble-bragging rights! Hehehe!).

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7.) You will have accomplished a major goal. Even if you don’t realise it at the time or fully appreciate it, being able to travel is a massive privilege and getting to actually visit a place you’ve wanted to for a long time is without a doubt worth a pat on the back for yourself (you should totally celebrate yourself more).

8.) The opportunities for amazing photos are incredible when you travel! As someone who loves travelling with a camera in hand, I can’t emphasise this one enough. 😉

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9.) You can expand your network even wider. Make new friends, new colleagues or perhaps even new lovers. Travel offers you the chance to meet new people – what you do is entirely up to you of course but it’s not uncommon to find people who have made amazing friends on the travels.

10.) You appreciate your home even more. And I’m not just talking about the fact that you love being in your own bed again or just walking about your apartment naked without a care in the world… You actually start to appreciate aspects of how beautiful your local neighbourhood is, after looking for similar sights in other places across the world. (Case in point, it took several Euro-trips for me to truly appreciate how beautiful a city Edinburgh truly is!)

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  • Excellent list! Add in “life’s too short not to!” I am heading to Europe next week for 3 weeks and I can’t wait! And I just finished reading Kristin Newman’s travel memoir, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding and it was really good!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah! You’re going to have the most amazing time Jill! Have you planned on where you’ll be going? It sounds like it’ll be an epic trip!

      Oh..I just Googled the book, it has some great reviews… airplane reading is now sorted! Thanks 🙂


      • Enjoy the book! Very Chelsea Handler-like. We are going to Paris, Amsterdam, Italy (Venice, Florence, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, and Rome), and Greece (Athens, Paros, Santorini, Crete)!!! I definitely read through your posts on these locations. Very helpful!!

        • HandLuggageOnly

          WOW! That’s epic – we’re going to be in Italy in a few weeks too! Haha! We might bump into you near Cinque Terre! Haha! 🙂


  • Travel will change your life! Get out and see the world how other people do.
    I agree 100% with everything said. Especially #5!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly! So glad it resonated with you too Kate. Travel is such a learning curve and it can really open our minds 🙂


  • Great post! #5 & #9 are what hit home for me the most. Meeting and appreciating, different views and cultures while making last friendships are the world is the best.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly! So glad you agree too! 🙂

      Yaya 🙂

  • Yes yeas and yes! Totally agree with the entire list! But working a full time job, it becomes really hard to find time to travel 🙁



    • HandLuggageOnly

      Oh yes, for sure – it can definitely be harder to fit it in -we can relate to that. We loved booking a low cost flight on Friday and arriving back to London on a Sunday eve… though, we were ALWAYS tired at work on a Monday morning. *sips 10 cups of coffee* haha!

      Yaya xx

  • Sold! -runs off to pack a bag-

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Yay! 🙂


  • This post just put a huge smile on my face! Great list and such fun photos. I really like that you ended with #10. Once I found my flat in London, I started to realise how nice it was to come back somewhere that truly felt like home. No matter how great the trip was xx

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Really pleased to hear that Jess! 🙂 Number 10 holds so true and does actually make you happier as you definitely start to feel a lot luckier living in such a fantastic place! 🙂

      Random aside: Your instagram feed is my new favourite obsession by the way! Okay, not new but I’m totally obsessed with your photos!!!


      • How did I not reply to this…? Your comment MADE MY MONTH!!

        • HandLuggageOnly

          Ahhhhhhh! 🙂

          You really do have some beautiful pictures! We LOVE them xxxx

  • #5. Yes, yes, yes. There is nothing more rewarding.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you agree too Emily! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Yes to all of these!! Travel is the best!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Definitely have to agree with you there, Rachel 😉


  • ‘Funmi Oy (The Village Pot)

    Yaya, dude who are you? This is an amazing list and I agree. Meanwhile, we should join forces on a trip. Check out thevillagepot.com where I share my food adventures around the world.

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! Thanks so much! How epic would that be… I’m really great at eating LOADS of food too! 😉


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  • YASS!! Love this list – and everything is true! Loving #10 too, traveling doesn’t mean that you’re refusing to settle down or find a home – just that there’s always more to explore! 🙂

    — LisaLDN.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly! So glad you agree! 🙂

      big hugs,

      Loyd & Yaya xx

  • I definitely have the travel bug! I have a few trips lined up this year already and I am counting down the days until I can pack my bag and head out for new adventures. #4 really relates to me because my favorite part of travel is to try out the local cuisine and new flavours =o)


    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! You’re just like us! 😉

      No 4 is a MUST! We’ve always gotta try out the local food and give everything a good taste!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MissLilly

    I wish I could travel more this year! I won’t be able to fly for a couple of months, but can still travel by car within UK. At least I’ve managed to do my dream trip to Japan! Looking forward to more travel, so please keep on inspiring us 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Dream trip to Japan! WOW! This is our dream too! We’ve always wanted to go! It’s one place that has always seemed to call us – the culture, the food, the people… there’s so much we have to see! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Brydzia Golebiewska

    Thank you for that list! It helped me to see my travels not only as a pleasure, but actually an investment in my business. I knew it, but sometimes we need someone to tell/remind us obvious things 😉 It doesn’t matter how other people see it, it’s how we see it the most important.
    I’m from UK too 😀

    • HandLuggageOnly

      So glad you agree Brydzia – travel really is an investment. So glad to hear that you’ve seen the benefit of travelling too!

      Yaya & Lloyd xx

  • We love to travel and do so at least once a year. Although, I think for me I like traveling to escape the day to day of life/work. Followed by the opportunity to capture amazing pictures and make memories =)


    • HandLuggageOnly

      YASSSSS to making those memories! It’s so true – you never really forget the experiences you have when you travel. That’s why we love it too.

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

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  • Annie

    Fine, twist my arm, I guess I’ll go book some flights then! A great piece, not that I needed any more persuading. Think it’s important to remember that the benefits of travel can be found, no matter how far you stray. Found a cool piece about the importance of ‘staycations’ for when your budgets don’t allow!


    • HandLuggageOnly

      You’re exactly right, Annie! We always say that seeing (even your local) surrounds with a fresh and new perspective offers the same amazing benefits. We see places in new and exciting ways then and that can only ever be a good thing.

      Thanks so much! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx