Got an itch to travel more? Research shows why you should go for it.
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Want to jumpstart your creativity and brainpower and feel more alive?

Raises hand. Wouldn't that be nice?

Studies suggest a way to do just that: No, it's not by drinking copious amounts of coffee. It's by going somewhere else. Get out of here!


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Traveling has the power to make you feel happier and more creative. It can be just the recharge you need. But when you look beyond the passport stamps and Instagram likes, you find it goes even deeper than that.

Traveling can make a person more tolerant and more trusting. Research suggests that it can affect your overall personality too. When Julia Zimmermann and Franz Neyer did a study on a large group of German college students who studied abroad versus those who did not, they found evidence that extended travel can influence personality development. For instance, participants in their study who traveled showed an increase in openness to experience, agreeableness, and overall emotional stability.

It makes sense. When you're trying new things and engaging in new experiences, you're pushed to solve problems in different ways and gain perspective on life. You learn to confront your prejudices, embrace differences, and roll with the punches.

Your experiences mold who you are.

Expedia makes it easy and affordable to foster those experiences.

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Expedia is a one-stop shop for all things travel. From flights, hotels, and rental cars to cruises, vacation rentals, activities, and entire vacation packages, they can help you easily plan for your next adventure. (The only thing they can't do is put up your "Out of Office" for you.)

And, with their rewards program, Expedia+, you earn points on your travel and can then redeem those points for future travel — aka you can save money and go more places! And they don't believe in blackout dates, so you can redeem your points when and how you like. Or you can even choose to donate your points to an awesome charity, like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Whatever the case, Expedia wants you to experience the life you want.

Maybe you want to go somewhere with views from above...

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... or maybe you'd rather be down below.

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You can explore more landlocked areas...  

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... or not.

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Maybe you want to feel the vibrant energy from a city ...

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... or leave it all behind and take a deep breath.

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There's beauty all around us — even in places you'd least expect.

Solar energy panels in Germany. Look at the patterns! Image via Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

Traveling helps us to open our minds and see how big our world is.

You can discover new activities in a big city or practice self-care in a remote location. You can immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture to understand a different way of life. You can travel to a different town, or state, or country, or the world's biggest mountain.

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Whatever adventure you crave and wherever it happens to be, it's nice to know Expedia will have your back. A comforting presence while navigating the unknown, with added perks as you collect rewards ... to then do it again!

Don't know where to go? You can search more than a million flights, hotels, and packages. You'll find something. And when you do, it'll be just what you needed.

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This year more than ever, many families are anticipating an empty dinner table. Shawn Kaplan lived this experience when his father passed away, leaving his mother who struggled to provide food for her two children. Shawn is now a dedicated volunteer and donor with Second Harvest Food Bank in Middle Tennessee and encourages everyone to give back this holiday season with Amazon.

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Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local food bank or charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your selected charity.

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The poor little pup in this video walked into this shelter with a history of being abused. He was so traumatized that he wasn't eating. The vet treating him wasn't sure what to do, so he decided to book a table for two: a the dog's place. It is not clear whether he got an official invite from the canine in question, but he felt pretty safe about showing up unannounced. He walked into the cage and sat down next to the dog. With his back up against the corner of his new (and hopefully temporary) domain, the rescue stared apprehensively at his human guest. The vet presented a dog dish with food and put it in front of the dog. The frightened pup just looked at the dish and made no attempt to eat. Then he broke out another dog dish identical to the one he just gave to his four-legged patient and started eating out of that bowl. And then came the turning point.


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A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

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Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.
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When Madeline Swegle was a little girl growing up in Burke, VA, she loved watching the Blue Angels zip through the sky. Her family went to see the display every time it was in town, and it was her parents' encouragement to pursue her dreams that led her to the U.S. Naval Academy in 2017.

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First off, Jake understands what everyone should realize. The customer service representative doesn't own the cable company either, so yelling at someone who is just trying to make a living like all of us is not the answer. Their job is hard enough as it is so give them a break. Jake gave them more than a break. He gave them a song.


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