Traveling lets us know the unknown. It widens our view, far bigger from the restricted sight we have in our daily lives. Wandering in an unusual place has benefits for health and self-growth. However, experts say that traveling has its dark side, too.
In a new study
published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the authors wrote, traveling may also promote moral flexibility. Meaning, going abroad may influence immoral behavior.
In the study, Lu and his team researched a series of eight studies. They tested the link between international travel and engaging in immoral behaviors.
Using varying methods, the study's results showed that the range of experiences during traveling increases the risk of developing an immoral behavior, such as cheating.
However, researchers confirmed that they didn't test the tendencies of individuals in a monogamous relationship to cheat. Instead, they focused on a set of well-established measures of immorality in social interaction contexts (e.g. cheating on a game, lying to earn more money, scoring higher on measures of immoral intentions).
However, the findings could be a groundwork for future researches when studying the chances of romantic cheating when going abroad.
Researchers explained that international trips let us meet new people, and may free us from the constraints of the regular days. These factors may lead to moral leniency and an openness towards an affair.
Yet, in one study
, researchers learned that couples who travel together tighten their relationship. Sharing new and exciting memories increases satisfaction in relationship, and may even reduce boredom.