The Health Benefits of Travel

October 21, 2014 at 2:53 pm

healthytravelHere’s one more reason to pack that bag and book that ticket! You know that you’ve always wanted to see the world. Travelling would make you more well rounded, cultured, and open to accepting global ideas. But did you know that it could also make you healthier?

A 2013 study by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies has shown that travelling rewards a person both cognitively and physically, according to the LA Times. The benefits you derive from it are similar to when you do a crossword puzzle or you visit a museum. So what exactly are the health benefits of travel?

 

1. Lesser chance of early death

Big revelation: People who go to vacations every six years have a higher chance of getting heart attack than those who travel twice a year. Everyday life can be monotonous and stressful, so why not take the chance to leave it behind for a while? Stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25% and stroke by 50%. Leave the office and go out of town. Your salary will be useless when you’re dead.

 

2. Better sex

Another big revelation: A third of leisure travelers admit that they have more (and better!) sex while traveling. With stress left behind and responsibilities momentarily out of the window, couples enjoy their sex life with less guilt and more excitement.

Want to improve your relationship with your spouse? Travel together. It’s a more effective way to spark the romance again between you two. How exciting would it be for you and your partner to go somewhere where you have the freedom to drive your off-road vehicle just like the Jeep Brute shown here? Drive to your heart’s content and see the outside world. It will be good for your heart, and for your marriage.

 

3. Your body needs the break

As you travel and change your routine, it keeps your body and mind from stagnating. A break from the norm allows the body to replenish and repair itself. The Mind and Body Center at the University of Pittsburgh released a study that indicated that leisure activities lead to lower blood pressure, positive emotional levels and less depression.

 

4. Stress reliever

It’s no secret that Americans are stressed. It isn’t surprising, seeing as America as a country do not know how and when to relax. Occupational stress, as elaborated here, affects about one-third of workers. A survey by stress.org indicates that the average time off per year of a US employee is 10 days, plus 8 of the national holidays. And still studies say that most of them leave their vacation days unspent. You know how much time French people have off? Seven weeks. That’s 49 days, 31 whole days more than the Americans. Spain and England even requires 30 days of vacation to their employees. No wonder Europeans always seem so happy.

 

5. Your kids will be happier

It isn’t really a direct health benefit to you, but seeing your kids happy makes you happy as well, right? Children form great memories in vacations, and these memories are the ones they remember, more than birthday celebrations or other special occasions. Vacations bring families together. It is indeed true that the gift of experience is way much better than material gifts. Visit this page to get some suggestions in regard to the best adventure and experience gift ideas.

 

The US Travel Association even launched a massive campaign last 2013 called The Travel Effect. This multimillion-dollar research and marketing campaign want people to know that scientifically, pleasurable experiences derived from travelling have numerous health benefits. If a group of scientists spend that much money convincing you to travel, you know it’s good for you.