Is it possible travelling will help you live longer? I’m sure you don’t need another excuse to travel regularly but… it’s good for your body, your soul and your brain too! A study conducted by the Global Commission on Aging, the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies and the U.S. Travel Association has found that travel helps prevent depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, especially in people who have retired. It is possible that travelling can help to prevent heart disease and heart attacks too!
Travel exposes you to different environments, and that helps create stronger antibodies which boost your immune system significantly. Research shows exposure to some dirt and minor illnesses actually keeps your body and gut stronger. So travel from place to place, your body adapts to thousands of new bacteria, which it turn makes it much stronger.
Research has shown that travel makes you healthier and happier. Women who go on holiday at least twice a year had a much lower risk of heart attack and heart disease than women who didn’t travel. The study also found that men who don’t travel at least once a year have a 20 percent higher risk of death and a 30 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease.
Travel lowers stress levels and it has been scientifically proven that travel will increase your happiness, decrease your depression, and chill you out. A study found that three days after vacation, travelers felt well-rested, less anxious, and in a better mood. These improvements didn’t disappear when they returned home, they lasted for weeks afterward. People who take a break from situations that cause them stress, and take a little vacation, are generally less stressed and anxious. Therefore, men and women who traveled annually were less likely to suffer a heart attack or develop heart disease. Findings indicate that 86 percent of the people who travel feel more content with their lives compared to 75 percent who don’t travel.
Travel impacts you positively in many ways. Travelling improves your brain health and expands your mind; you meet new people, adapt to new situations, become more globally and culturally aware. This is all good for your health because new experiences increase cognitive flexibility, keeping your mind sharp. Studies have shown a connection between travel and an increase in creativity, a deeper sense of cultural awareness and personal growth. People who travel and study abroad tend to be more open and emotionally stable.
Travelling keeps you fit and encourages a healthy lifestyle. When you travel you will want to try new things and see all there is to see so it’s more likely you will attempt an extreme sport, walk the city streets much more than you would back home, or hike to get the best views of your surroundings. Even if you plan to stay all day at the beach, walking on sand will force your muscles to work twice as hard.
It is good exercise for your brain when you are in new surroundings where you may need to communicate with people who speak a different language or when you are trying to find your way around a map. It keeps the mind sharp and can sometimes be quite challenging. Just being in a new place stimulates the brain in ways that help improve your mental focus and your memory.
It’s true; those who travel tend to have a longer life expectancy. Whether local or global, all forms of travel enhance our lives and can actually increase our life expectancy. Travel is part of a healthy lifestyle that can help improve the duration and quality of our lives while at the same time having more fun doing it!