Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People benefit more from traveling in their own country than from traveling to foreign countries.

I think travelling abroad has a more positive effect on people than travelling in the countries of their residence. The first reason is the language. It is natural that in most trips abroad you use a language foreign to you more than in your country of birth. That way you automatically learn it through practice, and it will benefit you because an active use of any skill is the best way to improve it. For example, if I wasn't living in Japan, I would not be able to speak it so well now. Moreover, in English classes the teacher often asks students to practice as if they were travelling: to get directions or to buy something in a shop. It means that using a language while travelling abroad is a good way to study it. In addition, I believe it is important to have some 'positive stress' in your life. If you live in one country, you will be used to one way of life. On the contrary, travelling abroad means a necessity to explore: even choosing food in a local supermarket can be a challenge. Trying to get everyday things done in an unusual environment improves the work of our brain, because we are constantly learning new things, and a healthy brain means a longer life. Another aspect I want to mention is the planning ability. The more unfamiliar the country is, the more effort you put into thinking the trip though. You need to search for the information about transport or housing, structure it and figure out how to effectively make use of time and money you have. To summarize all my arguments, I think that travelling abroad is better because it activates our brain, which is important to maintain a high quality of life.
Submitted by Maria Pirozhkova on
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