New travel experiences make for more confident, decisive and interesting people, according to a booking.com survey.
The research, which surveyed over 15,000 people from 20 countries, proves that travelling to new places and opening your mind to different, novel experiences inspires lifeenriching changes, the company said.
Among the interesting finding was the fact firsttime travel experiences inspire us to make lifechanging decisions with more than one in 10 (13 per cent) of respondents switching their job or career, one in 10 changing their relationship, and one in five (21 per cent) deciding to move somewhere completely new because of a firsttime travel experience.
A firsttime travel experience is more exciting than a first date (53 per cent of respondents), a first job (51 per cent), making a new friend (62 per cent) and even a first kiss for more than one in three people (36 per cent).
Twothirds (65 per cent) say firsttime travel experiences lift their confidence.
Three in five (61 per cent) think the welltravelled are more interesting, and almost half (45 per cent) believe travel makes them more successful in life and career.