Have you ever wondered if you really “needed” that vacation? Or felt guilty for spending “all that money”? Well, according to scientist, you might not NEED the vacation but you should definitely take it. There are various studies that prove the many benefits of travelling. Not only is travelling good for you, it is also good for those around you. A happy healthier you leads to a happy and healthier inner circle, which leads to a happier and healthier society. How exactly does travel benefit people? Read on and find out…
Well, for starters one of the biggest benefits of travelling is that it promotes heart health
The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies conducted a study along with the U.S Travel Association. Their findings were quite impressive. They discovered that women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year. They also discovered that men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20% higher risk of death and about a 30% greater risk of death from heart disease.
Travelling also increases creativity
Creativity relates to neuroplasticity. Which is the scientific umbrella term for connections your brain makes throughout your life. These connections are what form the wiring of the brain. Therefore, new anything affects the neural pathways. These new connections allow your creative sphere to grow. An article written by The Atlantic states, “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.”
Another one of the benefits of travelling is that it relieves stress and promotes a healthy mind
According to the study cited above by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, travel offers the same sort of physical and cognitive benefits as crossword puzzles or museum visits. Not only that, the same study reported that the “benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89% of respondents saw significant drops in stress.” Apart from keeping levels of stress slow therefore promoting brain health, travel also builds brain resilience. Brain resilience is your brain’s ability to “bounce back” after intense stress.
In other words, you won’t get “knocked down” when life hands you lemons, if anything you’ll be able to pick yourself up, keep a positive attitude and move forward.
Last but definitely not least, traveling offers you a (or many) different perspective(s)
This one seems like a no-brainer (pardon the pun) but the importance of perspective is usually overlooked. In other words, witnessing how others live their lives forces you to think differently. This affects your range of emotions and makes you more empathetic. Not only is your connection to the world and others fortified, your connection to yourself is as well. Force yourself out of your comfort zone and then you will understand that you are powerful and capable of overcoming anything life throws at you.
In short, you should definitely look into travel if health is important for you. Go to warm places, cold places, new places. They will all benefit you in the short and long term.
Side note: Did you guys know that being cold is actually good for you? Look it up! There are studies and many articles written about the benefits of being cold, even the The Atlantic and The Guardian wrote pieces of this phenomenon. With that being said head to our Igloo Hotel in Andorra and reap all the benefits!
We hope you enjoyed this week’s article on the benefits of travelling. Here at Wildthentic we strive to create a better world by offering people unique and life changing experience. And remember…
“To travel is to live” – Hans Christian Andersen
Catch you guys next week. Enjoy, and safe travels!