September 30, 2012

How Travel Makes You Sexy

Sure, you can spend your vacation on a beach and come back with an enviable tan, but travel can make you sexy ways you may not have imagined, with much more permanent results.

It makes you interesting

When you travel, you have a story to share.  People want to hear about places they’ve never been and things never done. What was is Stonehenge like? What does it feel like to skydive? Did you really eat a 100-year-old egg in South Korea? How did you manage to survive in Dubai after the airline lost your luggage for three days?

More than your blond hair or blue eyes, you are your experiences. If you have nothing to offer, you become unattractive.

St. Augustine put it best: “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”

It keeps you active

Travel forces you to get outside and go. You may not end up mountain biking or spelunking on your next vacation, but you’ll almost certainly be off the couch and moving around. And, if maintained, that physical activity can help you stay fit and age gracefully.

It’s interesting to note that in a RSVP survey of 800 Australian singles nearly 96 percent said they were looking for an adventurous partner and said daring adventurers and adventure seekers were the most attractive. So, try something new on your next vacation. Who knows? You may find out you like scuba diving or mountaineering.

It helps you relate

Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” He’s right. When you travel, you learn that people in other parts of the world have basically the same wants and needs, the same hopes and dreams, as you do. You begin to understand people on a whole different level.

People want to be with someone who will listen and empathize. They want to be with someone who can relate to them, someone who can understand their dream to become a painter or why they don’t get along with their father. Travel builds these skills. When you travel, you realize life isn’t about you, and that makes you sexier.

It sparks creativity

In his article for The Observer, Jonah Lehrer writes, “…our thoughts are shackled by the familiar.” I think this sums it up perfectly. To survive in our day-to-day world, we spend a lot of time and energy choosing what not to notice. We trade creativity for efficiency. But when we leave and come back, we break those shackles and open our eyes. We see and experience things as if for the first time, and that allows us to be more creative.

Creativity radiates energy. People gravitate towards creative minds. The more creative you are, the sexier you are.

It improves your attitude

You’ve no doubt heard that there’s nothing more attractive than a smile. Travel throws curve balls at you constantly. Flights get cancelled, hotels don’t meet expectations, the restaurant you wanted to try closed three months ago. In order to keep your sanity, you learn to roll with the punches. The more you travel, the better you become at this. It makes you flexible.

And, that makes you sexier. Someone that is easygoing is more pleasant to be around than someone who is stressed out. They have the confidence to deal with difficulties and have the experience to know that things generally work out in the end. As a result, you’re more likely to find them smiling than scowling.

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