Get your designer travel clothes packed and ready to go, because traveling has even more benefits than we realize. Apart from the obvious rest and relaxation, there are plenty of other interesting reasons to travel that will get you excited to take some time off work, and enjoy a well deserved vacation.

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Traveling exposes you to new cultures, and can even make you smarter, so read on to discover the rest of our interesting travel facts…

  1. Sacré bleu! France is the most popular country to visit

France is known for its culture in the form of arts, food, fashion, amazing landscapes and of course for the language of love, French. So it’s perhaps not that surprising that France comes in the first spot for travelers – it really has something for everyone and a place that you can definitely show off your designer travel clothes.

According to an article by the International Business Times, the World Bank reports that France attracts approximately 81.4 million visitors annually – nearly 20 million more than its closest rival.

  1. You’re less likely to become depressed

According to Prevention, women who don’t take regular vacations are up to three times more likely to be depressed than those who do take some time off work. So, go on, buy those designer travel clothes that you have always wanted, and take that dream holiday. And you can justify it by saying you’re doing it all for your health!

  1. Travel teaches you to be patient

We know how annoying it can be waiting in line at the check-in desk, or trying to kill those two hours before you board your plane. Travel involves a lot of waiting, and by learning to deal with those waits you will become more patient and ultimately a better person.

  1. The U.S. has the busiest passenger airport in the world

This fact may or may not make you want to travel, but it’s an interesting fact anyway! The United States has the busiest passenger airport in the world – Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Atlanta. If you combine passenger thoroughfare at all of London’s airports, then it is the busiest city for air travel in the world.

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  1. Become more tolerant

Need to become more tolerant? Well, then it’s time to pack your designer travel clothes because this fact will inspire you to travel. Experiencing different cultures and customs will help you to become more tolerant of the world around you.

It is an eye-opener to see the differences between countries and their customs – instead of being afraid of the differences, you will start to appreciate and understand these differences. Learn new customs, experience new culinary tastes, listen to new music and find new forms of entertainment and you can do all of this while looking super fashionable in your designer travel clothes.

  1. Austrian citizens have it good

Austrian citizens are some of the luckiest in the world because they get the most vacation time. According to USA Today, they are promised 22 paid vacation days and 13 paid holidays.

  1. Traveling can actually make you smarter

According to an article in The Guardian, being exposed to new cultures and experiences can make you smarter, or at least enable you to think more clearly.

The article states that “several new science papers suggest that getting away – and it doesn’t even matter where you’re going – is an essential habit of effective thinking.”

  1. …And help improve your problem-solving skills

You may not have realized this before, but traveling can actually be really good for your problem solving skills, as proven by an experiment led by the psychologist Lile Jia at Indiana University.

  1. The shortest flight is only two minutes

Hate traveling long distance? Can’t stand the thought of being on board a plane? Well, there’s one flight that you may be able to leave your designer travel clothes at home for, because it only lasts two minutes.

The flight in question is on a Scottish airline called Loganair, and it runs from the Scottish island of Westray to Papa Westray. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, it could be even shorter.

Pack your designer travel clothes and get traveling now!