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Travelling is the ultimate way to literally and figuratively expand your horizons, but it’s also extremely good medicine for your mind, body and soul. In fact, frequent travel can help you de-stress, improve your personality and can even keep your heart healthier. Here are our top 5 reasons to go travelling as much and as often as you can.

1. Travel boosts your immune system

When you leave the comfort of your home and step out into the world, you’re also exposing yourself to new and foreign bacteria. As a defense mechanism, your body naturally produces antibodies that help to protect you, and over time, your immune system develops resistance and gets stronger. The more you travel, the more your body is exposed and the stronger your immune system will become. Some well-seasoned travellers even swear by travelling as the ‘best probiotic on the planet’. Whilst we are by no means suggesting you forget basic hygiene and take unnecessary risks, we do think that a little dirt can do more good than harm.

2. Travelling improves your heart health

Believe it or not, travelling can actually decrease your chances of getting heart disease. A study conducted in the U.S. found that men and women who travelled more frequently were less likely to develop heart problems compared with those who vacationed less often. Amongst women it was found that heart disease risk could be reduced by as much as 50% and around 32% in men. Great news for anyone looking to justify their next holiday, as it could literally be giving you the gift of extended life.

3. Vacationing keeps your mind healthy

When you travel you’re constantly challenging your mind, meeting new people, experiencing different cultures and pushing your boundaries. All of these have been shown to increase your concentration, memory and overall cognitive flexibility. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published research that proved that travelling improves your personality across the five overarching domains (emotional stability, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, openness). In addition, travel has even been linked to people being more outgoing, optimistic, interesting and just generally more awesome!

4. Holiday = ultimate stress buster

It may be one of the most obvious benefits on our list, but it’s definitely one not to underestimate the importance of. Rest and relaxation whilst on holiday helps your body to rejuvenate and recharge. It doesn’t take much for down time to make a big difference either, almost 90% of holiday makers surveyed said they felt a significant reduction in stress levels after just a few days away.

5. Build stronger relationships on vacation

Solo travelling can be great for helping you find yourself, but when you travel with your loved ones, holidays take on a new meaning. You can build even stronger connections with your partner, family or friends simply through your shared vacation memories. For couples, travelling frequently can be hugely beneficial, with 63% of people believing that it helps them stay together longer. For families there are benefits too, 49% of adults claim they still have vivid (and happy) recollections of their family holidays, showing just how important it can be to make sure you take your family away every now and again.

Hopefully this post has left you with no doubts as to the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of wanderlusting. To summarize, travelling is almost guaranteed to help you live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life – and could even help you live longer! Don’t forget to take along your very own Tep portable wifi device to get the most out of your time away. The device will help you reduce stress whilst on vacation, you won’t have to worry about huge data roaming bills when you return home (it’s just $9.95 per day for unlimited wifi for 5 devices) and you’ll never have to worry about getting lost as you’ll have access to the internet on the move! To buy or rent a device click here or for more travel inspiration check out our blog here.

If working from anywhere in the world, at a time of your choosing, sounds like your idea of heaven you are not alone. With millennials being hailed as an ‘asset-light’ generation increasingly looking to fill their virtual possession portfolio with life experiences rather than accumulating material wealth, the term digital nomad has never had more relevance.

Savvy citizens are moving away from traditional forms of employment where they are limited to an office space and ‘Groundhog Day’ desk between 9am and 5pm five days a week. The working population are both seeing and seeking the opportunities out there and engaging in a more free-spirited approach to work, where earning potential seeks to become a life experience embedded in your personal life rather than a separate entity that you have to endure in order to survive.

A CHANGING REALITY

Increased connectivity around the world has disrupted the traditional linear model of how the world works – people are thinking outside the box and making decisions to suit themselves rather than follow a generational dogma of the predictable path to success. Success is no longer simply about having a four-bedroomed house, 2.4 kids, a dog and a fabulous car. It is about living a life of freedom crammed full of extraordinary experiences with extraordinary people and digital nomads are those who are embracing this enlightened reality and possibility for a life less ordinary.

Digital hot spots, portable tablets and laptops, a plethora of marketing options through social media, and an increased desire for freedom, have all conspired to make this market grow exponentially. Millennials are embracing an opportunity denied to their grandparents of a work-life balance like no other. The digital nomad lifestyle encompasses flexibility, variety and crucially adaptability. It’s moving away from the job-for-life mentality and working to an assumption that people are now more self-reliant than ever and if anything, they are loving it rather than fearing it. In fact, from being seen as something exotic and obtainable to only the fortunate few, the digital nomad lifestyle is integrating into the mainstream with this year seeing the first Digital Nomad conference taking place in Berlin.

SO WHAT’S THE MAIN REASON TO BECOME A DIGITAL NOMAD?

It’s a low-maintenance, low-cost entry to business that appeals on so many levels – it’s lightweight and portable and eliminates many of the stresses associated with a more traditional lifestyle such as rent or mortgage, furniture and household goods, endless bills, mounting car costs ad infinitum.

The joy of the digital nomad lifestyle is that it creates flexibility meaning you can work abroad if you so choose, or simply hang out in your local café with your favourite work buddies. It’s all about the life that you want to create and your reasons for it, including the vision you have of that world. With technology literally at our fingertips, we can communicate around the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and anyone with access to a computer, tablet or cell phone could be a potential customer or client of the digital nomad. And we here at Tep  – being passionate arbiters of travel and connection – embrace this reality wholeheartedly and want to keep you in touch when you need to be and most importantly when you choose to be.

It’s not even particularly difficult to start out working life as a digital nomad. As long as you have access to a laptop/tablet/cell phone and a WiFi signal, you are almost good to go. You can choose to start by buying an existing online business (albeit if you have a little capital to invest); going freelance – for example being a writer, take a course in online digital marketing, becoming an online trainer or mentor in your area of expertise, sell on eBay or train to become an expert in social media posting, promoting your lifestyle and actually making money out of it – you might not even need training for this if you are a millennial who was born without a silver spoon but instead a tablet on tap – you may have mastered the minutiae of social media etiquette and be able to create your own social media brand with very little expenditure required. The truth is there are numerous ways to get started if workplace autonomy is what you require.

We live on a planet containing approximately 7.4 billion people and counting and around 40 per cent have regular access to the internet. The fabric of the internet is woven securely into our daily lives and we purchase and research on an increasingly frequent basis. We want answers – it’s out there at the click of a mouse or touch of a phone screen. And so the creative digital nomad taps into this massive market and seeks out his or her niche in this teeming sea. Technology has made this market super easy to access and the only thing possibly standing in your way is a dodgy internet connection! And that’s where Tep has got it covered. With a handheld device that creates your very own wifi hotspot, it has to be the digital nomad’s ideal travelling companion.

EMBRACING THE LIFESTYLE

To embrace the digital nomad lifestyle, the essential component (after your laptop/tablet) is an uninterrupted wifi connection, which is what makes Tep Wireless a match made in heaven for the digital nomad. Teps’ pocket WiFi is a wireless modem that connects any wifi device to 3G internet. The beauty lies in the fact it requires no installation, cables or software and you can, if necessary, connect up to five devices at any one time. And, critically, you can enjoy up to eight hours of uninterrupted work time before recharging – giving you the length of an average office day to do your thing but most brilliantly at the time of your choosing – so if burning the midnight oil is your thing in far-flung places, digital nomad-ing with Tep is no problem. To find out more about how Tep could be part of your digital nomad lifestyle click here.

Tep offers you the safest, securest and most cost effective way of accessing the internet when you’re away. For one fixed daily cost of just $9.50, you can enjoy truly unlimited data for up to 5 devices on the go (the device is pocket sized and works in over 80 countries worldwide). With Tep you’ll never have to worry about returning to a shock bill or being stranded without access to the web – so you can leave the drama to the writers!

Travel has never been so easily accessible, with smartphones and access to the internet making it possible to book and plan your dream holiday in just a few clicks.

Mobile technology has allowed us to board planes without paper tickets, get directions, rent a home anywhere in the world, book last minute holidays and can even act as a virtual tour guide.

So what does the future have in store for the avid adventurer? We will be taking a look at the biggest trends set to transform the future of travel and give you a glimpse into the magical technology that awaits the next generation of globetrotters.

The Future of Transportation – Faster, Better and Out of this World!

With the era of driverless cars already upon us, the next few years are set to bring some amazing leaps in our technological capabilities. Could it really be too far-fetched to imagine a future world where flying cars and Marty McFly’s time travelling Deloreans are a reality? With working prototypes for a car that can fly we think it might not be – just don’t expect to get your time travelling kicks from anywhere other than at the movies.

We will be travelling unimaginable distances in shorter times, for example commuting from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes with Elon Musk’s Hyperloop, or traveling from Europe to Australia in just 90 minutes once the hypersonic SpaceLiner takes off.

The future traveler won’t be restricted by the earth’s limits, as Tep sees commercial space flights becoming the next addition to your bucket list. With Virgin Galactic you can become an astronaut for a day, although with a price tag of $250,000 (per person) we don’t see space trips for your family becoming accessible for at least another few decades!

What is certain is that transportation will be opening up to even more creative and immersive experiences – so getting from A to B may even become a vacation in itself.

Luxury will be the New Economy

The shift from economy to luxury has already started, with Uber swapping mundane yellow cabs for supercars and Airbnb replacing cheap motels with British castles – luxury is slowly but steadily becoming the new standard.

Holidays of the future will be all about unfettered access, limitless personalization options and an experience that will match your dreams. Whether it’s inside the caves of an abandoned quarry, a rainforest in the middle of the desert or even the depths of the ocean, you will be able to find a place to rest your head and enjoy the views the world has to offer.

The Atlantis Hotel in Dubai is already taking its guests to new depths with their impressive Underwater Suites – that will let you literally sleep amongst the fishes. As space travel is already becoming a viable travel option, the luxury rooms of the future could even let you wake up to a panoramic view of the earth – from your very own 3D printed room on the moon.

Changing Reality – For the Next Generation of On Demand Travelers

Virtual reality is set to make a big impact on the future of travel. The next generation of tech savvy travelers will be eager to interact with their destinations on-demand and virtual/augmented reality could be the way forward (if you’re not sure about the difference between the two click here).

Hotel chains like Best Western are already rolling out augmented reality tech in the form of virtual concierges – which can give you personalized local recommendations and help at any time of the day or night.

In the next couple of years you may have the luxury of experiencing the world from the comfort of your sofa or hotel room with new technology bringing the sights, sounds and even smells to you. 37% of people surveyed by Marriott and Chase Manhattan believe that by 2030 you could get your own hologram to give you a personalized cardio workout from your hotel.

You may not even have to wait that long before you can enjoy this type of experience in your own home. Marriott’s ‘Get Teleported’ technology collaboration with Oculus Rift lets you experience a taster of London or Maui in full 4D right now, without ever leaving the ground! The applications of this amazing technology in the travel industry are almost limitless.

Imagine having firsthand experience of historic sites like the hanging gardens of Babylon or Machu Picchu restored to their former glory? Until teleportation becomes a reality we think that virtual reality holidays and holograms will be the next best thing for the on-demand generation.

The Internet of Things

Tep envisions a travel future where everyone is seamlessly connected to the things that matter to them. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot trend for the future that describes the ability of objects to connect to the internet and relay messages to other devices. In practice you could track almost anything and be able to get live notifications as soon as your environment changes.

Today’s IoT technology can help you pay for your coffee, track your luggage, have keyless access to your hotel room and even allow you to change the temperature settings from your mobile.

With predictions that by 2020 there could be as many as 26 billion devices connected to the internet (that’s nearly 4 devices for every human on the planet) we can see the IoT becoming a key part of your daily life. You can say goodbye to making contingency plans for your vacation, as the IoT will help you manage multiple devices, itineraries, time zones and climates – all without you having to update a thing.

From the light settings in your hotel to gently wake you up, to restaurants recommendations that your friends have recently been raving about online, every minute detail will be optimized by your smart and interconnected devices. The net result of a future with better connectivity will be that comfort, convenience and peace of mind can be brought with you on your travels.

We hope you enjoyed looking into Tep’s crystal ball of the future of travel. We’ve focused this post on trends that we think will have enough momentum to see them through. We are still hopeful that some of the epic predictions like flying vehicles powered with 100% sustainable energy and teleportation will be discovered within our lifetime.

In the meantime you can start enjoying some of the things Back to the Future did predict like smart watches, tablet computers and ‘hoverboards’. What the movie failed to predict was how the internet would revolutionize the world and that Tep’s portable wireless device would let you harness it in almost any destination.