Traveling is a great experience for everyone of all ages. It has a tremendous amount of benefits besides being able to see beautiful places and experience a new culture. There is no reason not buy a ticket and hop on a plane.
Keeps The Mind Sharp
Travel has a great affect on keeping the brain and mind sharp. Since your brain is being introduced to new surroundings and new experiences it becomes challenged build a resilience against degenerative diseases. This cognitive stimulation has been shown to improve memory and concentration, especially with people with dementia. Switching up a vacation destination every year will allow the brain to stay sharp and reap the benefits.
Create Meaningful Relationships
Meeting people from different cultures and countries can give you a new perspective on life. You can meet some of the best people that you form lasting bonds with on these trips. It will also help you form better relationships with people in general, and help you open up and be more social. In addition, being away from home helps you realize what great relationships you have with family and friends and make you take them for granted less.
When you are traveling, even if it is to a town over from you, you are learning new things from the places you are going as well as the history and culture. Learning makes our brains more active which increases happiness, especially when it something that we enjoy learning. Learning new languages, customs and cultures, and even trying foods all stimulates the brain.
While most people claim that they do nothing on their vacation, in reality you tend to be more active when you are in a new place, sight seeing, walking to restaurants, and being out and about all day instead of sitting in an office chair all day. In places like the beach, Disney World, and Europe, tourists tend to walk around 10 miles a day. Tourists are also more inclined to try new things like kayaking, paddleboarding, and other activities.
Travelling and taking a break from ‘real life’ has many health benefits. From creating meaningful relationships to increasing fitness there’s no reason not to travel.