We’re always looking for new reasons (or excuses!) to travel more. After all, there’s an entire planet out there that needs exploring. So, here’s 5 reasons why travelling is good for our health, while following the tips on these pages we’ll make sure it’s not too detrimental on your bank balance either!
So crack on and tell your boss it’s for medical reasons…
1 – Brain Food – Keep feeding it
When traveling to new locations, we keep learning, even if it’s subconsciously! You’re constantly learning about new foods, languages and about the local culture. That sponge between your ears is soaking all of this up.
Think about it, you can probably even remember certain sounds and smells from your travels.
2 – Travelling keeps us relaxed
Studies have shown that those that travel are more relaxed and less stressed. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as holidays are supposed to be relaxing after all!
According to research by the U.S. travel Association, within a day of getting away, almost 90% of participants reported a major drop in their stress levels. And why not? Traveling is fun, exciting and relaxing! Especially for those of us getting a break from a bleak winter to warmer climates.
3 – Boost Your Immune System
When we travel, we’re much more likely to be outside more, especially if you’re on a tropical beach or hitting fresh snow on the alps. From swimming and sunbathing to just walking through the busy streets of London, most of us are under the sun more than usual when on holiday.
Exposure to the sunshine increases our levels of vitamin D which makes our immune system stronger, helps maintain our bones and teeth, and can even fight things like skin cancer and diabetes.
Just don’t forget the sun lotion!
4 – You’re generally more active
Unless you’ve gone on an all inclusive sun lounging holiday where the only time you move is to go to the bar or grab some food, you’ll generally be using your body more when away. Studies show that while traveling, we’re on our feet more, getting more exercise and movement. Exercising is good for your body’s overall physical and mental health.
Studies have shown that getting more activity in our lives improves our health exponentially, and people who are active are more likely to live longer. Who needs a treadmill? Go get yourself lost on the streets of Marrakech with the added benefit of keeping yourself healthier!
5 – Taking selfies extends your life.
It’s time to bust out your selfie stick! Unless you’re some kind of instagram selfie obsessive, you probably take the most pictures of yourself whilst on holiday. Some researchers have even found that smiling in photos could actually make you live longer, because it reflects genuine happiness.