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20 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Go Traveling With Your Best Friends

20 Amazing Reasons Why You Should Go Traveling With Your Best Friends

Some say our friends can be closer to us than family. At crucial points this may sound true – friends make the most of the times we spend together with them… No wonder we share some amazing and memorable times with them! Going on a trip with a friend could unleash excitement that was holed up in you for a long time.

1. They make sure you stick to your budget

It could be because traveling gets cheaper in groups, or that you and your friends have to split costs. However, when you travel with friends the financial responsibility isn’t a burden for you alone.

2. You have various things to do

You could be stifled with doing things just your own way when you travel alone. But with friends you are not stuck to doing things a single way.

3. You can act as stupid as you want

From taking that selfie of ridiculous poses, to acting weird as a group in your hotel room or lobby, traveling with friends brings out the real and wild person in you.

4. You are excited about the journey

Traveling with friends can get you all pumped up and freaking excited. You are eager and all set up days, weeks or even months in advance.

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5. It is an adventure from the moment you meet

The adventure doesn’t begin when you arrive at your destination. Rather, it starts when you and your friends connect or rendezvous for the trip.

6. There is so much to talk about during the trip

You have so much to discuss about, and it sorts of helps to pass the time and get you into each other’s business.

7. Experiencing new things with your friend is phenomenal

The pictures you take, the experience and the destinations you uncover, and the insights you garner are exciting and will always be memorable. This could always be a talking point for you and your friend during discussions.

8. There will be more risks with your friends

Friends are eager and want to try new things. With your friends you take on more risks and go beyond borders to making each other happy.

9. You will share the same opinion

With your friends there really is no generational gap, you have the same ideas on how things should be done. Your perspectives are not distant.

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10. Traveling with your friends offer surprises

The truth is that the trip could go any way and that adds to the surprise. The spontaneity of events can shock you!

11. You can engage in activities meant for groups

Activities such as camping, rafting and trekking are best enjoyed with your friends.

12. Your night is like your day

With friends there is no sleeping early. There is so much activity to accomplish that you will need the night to plug into some of the fun available.

13. Traveling with your friends makes you know them better

Traveling with friends make you discover those things you really didn’t know about your friends. You see them from a different perspective and this will make you appreciate them the more.

14. Traveling with friends makes you reconnect with them

Let’s face it, we all live busy lives but traveling with friends kind of brings you back together.

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15. Traveling with friends will bring back memories

With friends you remember a lot of things from the past as you joke about almost anything. Traveling with friends offers you periods of reflection.

16. They prompt you into self-examination

While traveling with friends you can see yourself from your friend’s eyes and self-examine yourself appropriately. They push you and get you into understanding yourself better.

17. They will be the best persons to get you out of a messy situation

There will be situations that could get out of hand when on a trip. Who is the most ideal person that could help you out of it? Definitely people that know you best and have your interest at heart.

18. You are more aware when you travel with friends

Traveling with friends endeavors you to have a clearer picture of how important your friends are and that they will always have your back in many situations. Life is a struggle and through some of the silliness you will know if your friends will support you or not.

19. You carry a fragment of home with you

With traveling, there could be some home sickness. You are in an unfamiliar territory and you wish you were at home snuggled up in bed. With friends around you, you have a piece of home with you that could offer some comfort and reassurance.

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20. Traveling with friends provides you with the best photos in your albums

When you look at your photo album of pictures taken with friends during a trip, what do you see? You see hope, togetherness and truth. And that is enough to make you excited every now and then.

Going on a trip with friends should not be just talked about. It should be lived and experienced.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

Posture

First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

  • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
  • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
  • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
  • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

Facial Expressions

Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

  • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
  • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
  • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

2. Relax Your Face

New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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3. Improve Your Eye Contact

Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

3. Smile More

There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

4. Hand Gestures

Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

5. Enhance Your Handshake

In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

“Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

Final Takeaways

Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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