In case you needed any more reason to travel, we've compiled a list -- backed by science! -- that proves why working remotely and traveling more is good for you professionally.
Show this to your boss the next time you ask for time off!
1. Working Remotely Increases Engagement
A study by Gallup found that engagement increased when employees worked remotely.
Specifically, employee engagement went up when only part of the work week was spent away from the office.
As with most things, balance is the key to optimization.
2. Travel Makes You Happier and Healthier
We don't need to tell you that traveling makes you happier...
But did you know that it also has a direct impact on your physical and mental health?
The combination of 'physical activity, cognitive stimulation, and social engagement,' has very positive health benefits, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association, the Global Coalition on Aging and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.
And naturally, a healthy employee will use fewer sick days and spend less on healthcare.
3. Workplace Flexibility Improves Retention
Love 'em or hate 'em, they're here to stay, and if you want to retain them, you should definitely be offering flexible schedules and unique work environments. Specifically, having the option to work-from-home factors in strongly on millennials' decisions on whether to keep or leave a job.
And that doesn't go just for US-based millennials...
In his TED Talk, Stanford Professor of Economics, Nicholas Bloom, cites a Singapore company that found work-from-home employees remain in their jobs longer.
4. Traveling Creates More Brain Cells
Have you ever noticed how travel tends to augment personal growth?
Well, it's not just in your head!
Actually, it technically is in your head.
It's called neurogenesis and when you experience novel and complex environments, your brain generates new neurons. But don't just take our word for it…
Listen to this clinical neuropsychologist:
Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and adjunct professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, said the mental benefits are clear and can help stave off such diseases as Alzheimer's.
"When you expose your brain to an environment that's novel and complex or new and difficult, the brain literally reacts," he explained. Those new and challenging situations cause the brain to sprout dendrites — dangling extensions — which Nussbaum said grow the brain's capacity.
"Travel by definition is dropping your brain into a place that's novel and complex," he said. "You're stunned a little bit, and your brain reacts by being engaged, and you begin to process on a deep level."
5. You Only Live Once
We could go on and on with the scientific evidence, but the truth is, the option to make more money and further your career will almost always remain.
Your time on this planet will not.
So use it wisely and be sure to check off some of your bucket list travel experiences while you're still young enough to enjoy them.
Because you only live once!
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