The Health Benefits of Travel
Let’s be real - traveling is fun, so it has to be good for us, right? But sometimes it can feel over-indulgent. As the guilt washes over you, you might think, maybe a staycation is better. What if we could give you more scientifically-driven excuses to travel the world.
Well, today’s your lucky day. Aside from letting us relax and indulge while ignoring those pesky emails, traveling has been proven to have long-term health benefits. According to research, traveling can help us live more creatively, productively and even longer!
Why is Traveling So Good For Us?
Our brains have the ability to change according to our life experiences. This is because of something called neuroplasticity - our brains’ ability to form new neurons and neural pathways in adult life. Food feeds our body, but life experiences feed our brain!
There has always been a strong link between creativity and neuroplasticity. As we travel, our brains receive information and inspiration that can spark growth and changes within our minds. This can create new neural connections that improve our cognitive function.
Better yet, these experiences can also help us learn to deal with stress and adapt to new surroundings.
According to research, 89% of people feel a significant drop in stress-level only after 1 - 2 days of traveling. Naturally, a stress-free mind will lead to a healthier and longer life. And this is reflected in research as well. One study showed that women who vacationed less had a significantly higher risk of getting a heart attack or heart-related death. Another study showed that men who didn’t take annual vacations had a 30% higher risk of dying from heart disease. Through both, researchers found that traveling is a great indicator of a healthier body.