There’s A Scientific Reason Why Backpacking Might Make You A Better Person

If your idea of a good vacation is traveling around the country with only what you can carry on your back, there is new scientific evidence that says you might be improving your brain.

A new study in the Journal of Travel Research found that backpacking may boost productivity, problem-solving skills, and mental health.

The reason? Backpacking involves getting out of your comfort zone and exploring new places and cultures. It forces you to cultivate skills like time and money management, as well as dealing with emotions like frustration, loneliness, and uncertainty.

The study followed around 500 backpackers from all different backgrounds and found that they increased their self-esteem and were better able to cope with everyday problems.

Sounds like a great excuse to use up some of those vacation days.