If you go on vacation to a new location, though, you’re going to have to find where things are that you haven’t seen before. Using a map to find out where you need to go is a good idea. You can also stimulate your brain to help you choose the best route based upon the maps information. If you’re going to be in a country where you’re going to be traveling on the other side of the road, this is definitely going to be something new for your brain, too.
When you travel someplace new, you’re going to be taking in and processing a lot of information. You’re going to see new things every day, whereas with your normal life, you see things every day that you are used to seeing, so you may not even notice them. Let’s say, for example, that you live someplace where you have a beautiful mountain range within your line of sight. Chances are, although that caused you to gasp in amazement at first — and even if you love it very much — now you rarely even notice it, except when you remind yourself to do so. That means you “forget” about the amazing things in front of you until you hear someone else commenting on them.
Travel will open up new vistas to you that in fact are going to be “so-so” to the people who live there locally. Nonetheless, if you do this type of “new travel” on a regular basis, you’re building thinking skills and keeping your thinking process sharp. And in fact, that may be why people come back from a vacation with a new attitude and perspective, rejuvenated and refreshed, so that they can go back to their “normal” lives previously left behind.
Where you travel might matter, too, because you can offer your mind a challenge that it needs to solve. Let’s say, for example, that you want to find the lowest prices on airfare or you want to get discount prices for theme parks nearby. When you budget for a vacation, you can also sharpen your thinking because having to budget and crunch the numbers is something that requires mind power — and of course, you’re going to have to make sure you can afford it.
As you continue to travel more and more, your mind, too, will benefit from this travel. Let your mind explore things from an entirely new perspective. If you can, travel with a friend or family member, which can help you feel more at ease if you’re out of your natural element and uncomfortable doing so. It’s also helpful to have someone else interpreting maps or other tools along with you.
If you can’t have a vacation right now, you can still take notice of things in your area that you might not have previously noticed and try to imagine them from a new perspective. Even if you try to find a new route to work or just take a drive to “nowhere” for the weekend, you expand your thinking. It’ll also give you refreshment, so that you can face your workday and workweek from a new perspective.