On the surface, it might appear that evolution and nature designed human beings to be land dwellers, but when you think a little deeper, you realize humans are also designed to go much further than just land. After all, people have been traveling by water since the stone ages. Every civilization that ever existed was somehow led to water travel. Could it be possible that water travel has been a necessary part of human evolution? Here are 5 reasons water travel may be an essential part of the human experience.
1. Interactions With Fellow Passengers
As people settled the New World, they traveled together by ship in order to make their way here. During those long journeys, they banned together to form individual colonies that would later form the United States of America.
Today, the New World has been well settled and the main reason people have to travel the oceans is for adventure. People can enjoy cruises from anywhere in the world. In the United States, cruises from NJ can take the adventurous traveler from Bayonne Harbor to the northern reaches of Canada, or the tropical beauty of Bermuda and the Caribbean. Along the way, travelers meet other fascinating individuals who have discovered this luxurious mode of travel.
While getting to know other passengers won’t likely result in you building a community together, studies show that interactions among travelers creates a more positive travel experience. If you do find yourself on a cruise, don’t be afraid to mingle. You might create a friend for life.
2. As Passenger, It’s a Stress-Free Mode of Travel
Travel by sea is a relaxing experience, especially if you do it aboard a cruise. As you make your way to your destination you can enjoy delicious meals without entering a kitchen. There are no connecting flights or unexpected delays. You just kick back and enjoy yourself through one of many entertainment avenues, or simply sunning on the deck, and let the crew worry about getting you to that next tropical destination.
3. A Different View of Life on Earth
Travel by water allows people to see and experience other life on water. Porpoises and whales often entertain curious audiences and bird watchers can enjoy the different species of birds as the ship makes its way through different parts of the hemispheres. Entering into different ports also introduces travelers to unique human cultures and ways of life in oceanside cities.
There is also the experience of existing on the ocean’s waters. Different weather patterns will create different waves, and unlike on land, storms can be seen from over a hundred miles away. There is a natural beauty and awe that has been described by many writers and poets over the centuries. You really just have to experience it to understand it.
4. It’s a Form of Exploration
Humans have been following the water for thousands of years. Water travel was necessary to populate Australia and tens of thousands of years later it was necessary for Europeans to reach out to the New World. Exploration on water was driven by the need for trade routes and the desire to find potential new homes for those seeking a better way of life, and water has given both of these to countless explorers over the past millennia.
5. Being Near Water Makes People Happier
Have you ever wondered why it is that being on the water makes you feel good about life? It turns out, there’s actually a reason for this: Being near, in, on or under water is scientifically proven to improve mental health and happiness.
Water has a calming effect on the human psyche that lowers the heart rate and relieves stress. Aquatic therapy is used to treat mental health disorders such as PTSD and anxiety, and coincidentally, water exercises are some of the best sweat free workouts you can give your body. Because water does so much good for people (remember, we can only survive a matter of days without it), perhaps it always has been a necessary part of human evolution.