Many of us dream of traveling – mostly when we’re sat at our desk, doing the same monotonous tasks every single day. However, there are some people who will turn this dream into a reality, say a quick goodbye to their boring 9-5 job, pack up their bags and head where the wind takes them. Many people who return from their travels or are still traveling (because they haven’t wanted to come home) have reported that traveling often makes them feel healthier. But is that really true?
Improves your immune system
When you travel to a new country on vacation, you might find that you get a little cold or an upset stomach. This is because each country has its own germs and pathogens that you might not have back home. However, the immune system is so used to fighting off bacteria you’ll get over it pretty quickly. When you’re traveling for a long time and being exposed to more and more unusual pathogens, it can actually be beneficial for your body. This is because you’re building up your immune system and making it stronger. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to wash your hands, though!
Keeps you fit
Let’s compare two different situations: In the first situation, you’re sat on your backside for 8 hours a day, only getting up to go to the toilet and to make a coffee. In the second situation, you’re walking around hidden temples, or climbing the Great Wall of China, or swimming in the Great Barrier Reef. Which person would be fitter? There’s no question about it. Traveling often requires hours upon hours of walking, trekking, climbing, or taking part in active sports or activities. Because of this, we get our blood pumping and our muscles moving, meaning those who travel are more likely to be fit and healthy than those who don’t.
Decreases your chances of heart disease
Heart disease and heart attacks are becoming increasingly common and becoming one of the world’s deadliest killers – so knowing how to keep it at bay can drastically improve your health and lifespan. Research suggests that traveling does just that, and decreases your chances of developing heart disease. This is because traveling takes you away from the daily stresses and anxieties that can often contribute to heart disease. It relaxes the mind and body and keeps the body free from any negativity.
Improves the health of your brain
Many studies have tested those who have traveled and found that traveling actually improves the health of your brain, expands your mind and makes you more creative. One of the main reasons for this is because traveling allows you to meet new people from all different corners of the world. All of these people will have their own stories to tell, their own culture, their own way of life and their own opinions – and all of these factors will impact your own life and increase your connection with them, and increase your knowledge of the world around you.
Improves your happiness
One of the main features of a healthy body is a happy body – and traveling is an impressive mood booster. The main reason for this is because you don’t have the stresses of rent, work, bills and the daily commute. Instead, all you need to worry about is where you’re going next. And who can be unhappy when they’re lying on a beach? Many scientists have also found that the anticipation of traveling can also improve your happiness and mood, so if you’re planning a trip, you’ll find yourself getting happier and happier by the minute.
So why wouldn’t you want to travel the world with all of these health benefits? Not only do you get to experience new cultures, take in breathtaking views and travel the world; you will become more toned, you’re less likely to get sick, have a longer life expectancy, develop a more open mind and be a happier person. Book us a flight now, please!