Almost everyone likes the idea of traveling right? I mean let’s face it; the idea of getting away from the stress of daily life definitely has its appeal. But what are the actual benefits of taking a vacation? Here are some very benefits that travel has on your health.
Travel Increases Your Antibodies and Gives Your Immune System a Boost
Remember when you were a kid outside playing in the dirt? (gasp!) While it may have been dismaying for your parents to watch you put anything and everything in your mouth, it actually helped to build up your immune system. Research shows that exposure to some dirt and minor illnesses actually increase your antibodies which help to make your body and gut stronger. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t practice basic hygiene on the road — you should still wash your hands or use a little hand sanitizer here and there — but having some new bacteria in your life isn’t a bad thing. When you travel from place to place, your body adapts to thousands of new bacteria, which it turn makes it much stronger.
Travel Improves Your Brains Health
Travel expands your mind. You meet new people. You adapt to new situations. You try new activities. You become more globally and culturally aware. This is all good for your health because new experiences increase cognitive flexibility, keeping your mind sharp. Research shows a connection between travel and an increase in creativity, a deeper sense of cultural awareness and personal growth. Studies suggest that spending time abroad may have the potential to affect mental change. In general, creativity is related to neuroplasticity, or how the brain is wired. Neural pathways are influenced by environment and habit, meaning they’re also sensitive to change: New sounds, smells, language, tastes, sensations, and sights spark different synapses in the brain and may have the potential to revitalize the mind.
Travel Relieves Stress
It should come as no surprise that vacations bring stress relief, but research shows that a good vacation can lead to the experience of fewer stressful days at least five weeks later! That means that vacations are a gift that keeps on giving. The bottom line is that taking a good amount of time away from the stresses of daily life can give us the break we need so that we can return to our lives refreshed and better equipped to handle whatever comes.
Travel Helps Keep You Fit
Okay so travel often means sitting for hours on end in a series of moving vehicles, but it also means lots of opportunities to force you to be active. When we travel, we want to try new things and see all there is to see — we spent money to get there, after all — so we’re more likely to attempt an extreme sport, walk the city streets much more than we would back home, or hike to get the best views of our surroundings. Even if you plan to stay all day at the beach, walking on sand will force your muscles to work twice as hard.
Travel Can Help You Live Longer
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. Research shows that travel reduces stress, keeps your body healthy inside and out, and boosts brain health. This adds up to an increased chance of living longer and to having more fun doing it.
I know that you probably did not need any more reasons to travel, but it's nice to know that there are plenty of benefits to your vacation besides having fun!