(CNN) — It's been said before, but it's worth repeating: travel is like a drug.
The more we do it, the more we need to do it.
Like any narcotic, it also has side effects.
Exotic diseases, post-vacation blues, 17-hour layovers in Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
So why risk it?
For better or worse, travel is something that changes the way we see the world, and the way the world sees us.
Stay at home, by all means, but those cocktails being mixed right now as the sun sets over a perfect white sand beach aren't going to drink themselves.
And you'll go on being exactly the same person you've been for as long as you can recall.
So book that ticket now and experience some of the ways listed above that travel can change your life.