It turns out that traveling makes us far happier than any material wealth ever does

When money hits your wallet, do you find that you run straight to the shops to buy some cool stuff? After each purchase, you feel a little happier, but a few days later that feeling is gone without a trace. What’s happened?

Well, according to psychology, one of the main impediments to happiness is adaptation. As soon as something we’ve bought becomes ordinary, the level of life satisfaction we feel falls. We’re then forced to buy something else. The process keeps repeating itself over and over.

However, research at Cornell University has found a way to break this cycle.

Professor Thomas Gilovich found that we experience the same amount of happiness when we buy something we want and when we go traveling. There’s an important difference though. The amount of happiness we derive from our purchase falls over time, whereas the memories of traveling continue to supply us with happiness hormones for longer.

So, what does this mean? It means you should start spending your money on experiences! Go on trips, try new sports, get out and see nature, live life!

A new material object will just become another ordinary possession. Every new memory, on the other hand, becomes a real source of joy that stays with us for the rest of our lives.

So, in order to inspire your next trip, here are 15 awesome traveling quotes:


1: “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop

2: “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

3: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

4: “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

5: “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill

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6: “The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton

7: “No place is ever as bad as they tell you it’s going to be.” – Chuck Thompson

8: “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

9: “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

10: “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

11: “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.” – Henry David Thoreau

12: “To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” – Freya Stark


13: “The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Anna Quindlen

14: “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

15: “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide

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