This week is going to be dedicated to one of my greatest passions traveling. As I explained in a previous post, traveling is running through my blood and somehow I was destined to love it. It is that curiosity I have and my great-grandma’s wish, “to see all the kingdoms of the world”, that makes me feel in love with places I’ve never been to and people I never met.
Though it’s difficult to share this travel bug I can give you some good reason to start traveling (or keep traveling) with number one being your health. Yes, traveling is good for your health and let me explain to you why:
1. Keeps you in shape – Promotes Heart Health
While some may not describe vacations as an opportunity to escalate their fitness routines, travelers may be more active than sitting in an office chair all day. Tourists may walk as much as ten miles a day while sightseeing in Europe or visiting Disney World. Travelers may also be more inclined to try new activities while in a new place, like paddleboarding or hiking.
Travel promotes physical activity, whether it is rushing through the airport, walking the streets of a foreign land, or climbing a mountain. Physical movement lowers blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
2. Keeps the Mind Sharp
When people become accustomed to a certain way of living, their minds become closed to many other possibilities. Traveling allows the mind to expand and literally see the world in new and different way. Travel also can promote brain health and keep the mind sharp. When your brain is introduced to new experiences and environments (which happens during travel, essentially) it becomes challenged and builds resilience at the cellular level so degenerative disease is potentially delayed.
Note: While you may like to frequent the same vacation spot every year, switching up the destination will allow your brain to reap the benefits that result from different activities and location.
3. Relieves Stress and Boosts Mental Health
Stress reduction is one of the most important benefits of travel. Pulling yourself out of your daily routines and into new surroundings resets both your mind and body, resulting in significant stress relief.
You can experience a boost in happiness even while planning a trip. Having something to look forward to, even if it’s a two-day trip, can feel rewarding. Vacationers also likely experience less stress and more satisfaction with their overall mood and outlook after returning from a trip compared to non-travelers.
Since now it’s so obvious that traveling is good for our health, I have only one advice to give you…