01/12/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/12/2019 06:45
The Benefits of Travel, Near or Far
The word 'travel' means different things to each person. Travel in general refers to spending time seeing and doing new things in a new place with an open mind. The distance, near or far, is not important. Allowing yourself to fully dive into all that a new place has to offer is key to having a great travel experience.
People who travel often share stories of adventure, opportunities to learn about new places, and the experience of immersing themselves in a new culture. But is there more to travel than just the thrill of discovery? Research on the health benefits of travel has shown that travel can benefit mental, emotional, and physical health.
Read on to learn about ways travel (near or far) can give your health a boost, enjoy the beautiful photographs by contributor Bella Armitage, and find help planning your next adventure!
Brilliant Beasts: A Rhinoceros in Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Improves your Mood
The anticipation and planning that comes with travel has been shown to positively affect a person's mood. Increasing happiness can result from something as simple as talking with friends or family about upcoming travel plans.
Travel plans do not have to include a trek around the world. For some people, travel may mean a train ride to the city or a car ride over state lines to a summer cabin or a weekend visit to an old friend's home.
Travel and vacation time are something to look forward to no matter how near or far you may be from home. The destination is not important. Planning the journey and immersing yourself in the experience are key to finding benefit.
Research supports the fact that money spent on 'doing' (experiences) provides more happiness than money spent on 'having' (material goods). Cornell University Psychology professor Dr. Thomas Gilovich performed studies focused on examining this. He concluded that people were ultimately happier having experiences, not things.
The positive feelings that come from traveling don't end when your trip does. Vacation memories captured in photos and experiences shared with others bring happiness long after you have returned to your home!
Content Cat in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, France
Travel Can Keep You Fit
Often when people imagine taking a trip, thoughts of extended periods of time sitting in a plane, train, boat, car or bus come to mind. However, travel gives you many opportunities to be active! A walk on the beach, a hike on a glacier, a paddle or swim in new waters, a camel ride in the desert, a walking tour in a new city, or an afternoon bike ride in the countryside are all ways to challenge your muscles and keep you fit while traveling.
With proper planning, almost anything is possible. Often being in a new place spurs us to try something new. You may even return home with a passion for a new activity you have never tried before!
Magnificent Mammals: Camels in Arad, Israel
Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease
Traveling and time away from everyday stressors has also been shown to have significant benefits on the heart.
Positive effects of a vacation that benefit your heart include providing you with a chance to reset good habits like kicking off a regular exercise routine, eating healthy meals, and ensuring you are getting plenty of restful sleep. Habits that are excellent for both heart and brain health! Remember to bring these refreshed habits home with you.
A 2018 Work and Well Being survey done by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments that tend to be sources of stress.
In their report, they share that more than half of working adults reported time away from work was enjoyable. They noted the benefits of vacationing include relaxing, sleeping well, and engaging in interesting or challenging activities.
When people think about time away from daily routines and stressors, they remember a general sense of well-being. Over half of the people surveyed reported improved mood, energy, and motivation. They said they felt less stressed when they returned to work.
Making time to relax is important. Travel is one way to take yourself physically and emotionally on a journey that can benefit your health.
Beach Day in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Psychologists and neuroscientists have been studying creativity for decades. The human brain can adapt to new situations and changes in the environment. This brain flexibility, called neuroplasticity, allows your neurons to form new connections. Your brain networks activate as you experience new things, leading to more creative thinking. Research studies suggest that traveling can also boost your creativity by bringing about positive thoughts, leading to a happier and more inspired you.
Travel to a new country may not be possible. Your creativity can be sparked by a trip to a new city or even taking a ride to a new neighborhood in your city or town and exploring indoor and outdoor spaces, local music, shopping or cuisines. Stretch your creativity by trying something new, someplace new.
A ride through Havana, Cuba
Improves Self-awareness and Self-confidence
Self-awareness and self-confidence play a role in our day-to-day experiences. Building awareness and confidence are important for mental and emotional health. A new adventure, near or far, challenges you to build self-awareness and expand self-confidence by gaining new knowledge.
Safari Sighting in Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Preparing for Travel
Many people look forward to traveling to a new place or returning to someplace familiar. It is important to plan, in advance, how you will manage seizures while traveling. Depending in your seizure type, here are ways to prepare for travel:
We hope you will take the time to travel, near or far, and share your adventures. You can inspire others on their journey to building strong emotional and physical health.