8 Ways Travelling Is Good For Your Health

Travelling is always an amazing experience.

Whether you’re embarking on a multi-country trip of a lifetime or you have planned a quick weekend away in your home state, every trip is memorable and special in it’s own way. We create wonderful memories with our loved ones, try new foods, experience new cultures, and often gain the courage to try extreme activities (most people save their skydiving or bungee jumping experiences for when they are on holidays).

But did you know, that travelling can also have HUGE benefits for your health? I’m serious! Even a trip as short as three days can significantly benefit your health and wellbeing.

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 Travelling relieve stress

These days everyone’s life is so busy, there are a hundred things going on all the time and sometimes it can feel like everything gets a little bit repetitive and overwhelming. Travel is the perfect way to escape all the stresses and commitments of everyday life, offering you an abundance of new people, sights and experiences.

Immersing yourself in new experiences, seeing new cities and taking part in new activities lets you forget the mundane issues of day to day life back home, giving your mind some time to reset and let go of some of the stress you have been holding.

Also, sometimes just being away from the places and activities that cause your general stress can make a massive difference. Trips for as little as three days have proven to leave travellers feeling less anxious, more rested and in a better mood, which linger for a few weeks after the trip has ended.

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Travelling can strengthen your relationships

Sharing travel experiences with others can make your relationships grow stronger, which has a continued effect on your own mental health, wellbeing and self-esteem. Sharing these memories and experiences with your significant other, family members or close friends has a long term effect on your relationships, resulting in increased closeness and the perception of shared interests and goals.

The added experience of planning the trip and making compromises with one another, will ultimately bond you together and grow a greater respect and understanding for each other.

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Travelling can enhance your creativity

Our brains are highly sensitive to change, and are influenced by new experiences, senses and environments. Recent studies suggest that the key to achieving a great creativity boost is to fully immerse yourself in your new location and engage with the local culture.

This could include talking to locals, trying new dishes, experiencing new religious, partaking in cultural rituals or festivals or even just turning off your social media for a day, walking around and taking everything in. These experiences encourage you to open your mind and can help you embrace a new way of living, in turn influencing your outlook on life and the world.

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Travelling can boost happiness and satisfaction

Although it seems obvious that most people tend to be happier when they are on holidays when they don’t have to worry about work for example, recent studies have also shown that people also experience a direct increase in happiness just from planning a trip.

The benefits of travelling begin long before you depart for the trip, with just the anticipation of your upcoming trip boosting your mood. It’s been found that people are happiest when they have an upcoming holiday planned, also feeling more positive about their health, economic situation and general quality of life.

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Travelling gives you a sense of achievement

No matter how great the health benefits are we can all agree on one thing – travel can be expensive. Whether you’re saving for a short getaway or your trip of a lifetime, sacrifices often need to be made to ensure that you can save enough money both for your trip, and also to take care of things while you are abroad (such as mortgage, recurring bills and loan payments).

There’s no doubt about it, hitting your goals and reaching your savings target can give you a great sense of achievement and boost your self-esteem. It’s something to be proud of and getting on top of your savings before your trip will allow you to have a stress-free holiday and feel all of the health benefits travelling has to offer.

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Travelling gets you moving

Travelling gets you moving. There’s no doubt about it. When you’re visiting a new country or city you are always doing something. No one goes on holidays to sit on the couch and watch TV (I think?!). When I’m visiting a new city I find myself walking around for hours on end, experiencing everything the city has to offer, and getting around on foot much more than I would during the day at my desk job at home.

We often hit over 15 kilometres steps a day when we’re travelling, improving your physical fitness and benefiting from everything regular physical activity has to offer (you know, lower blood pressure, better heart health, improving mental health, all that stuff).

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Travelling keeps your brain on it’s toes

Your brain goes into overdrive when you travel, with all the new experiences, environments and senses that it’s being exposed to. Travelling promotes brain health and keeps the mind sharp, as you are challenged and building understanding, resilience and problem solving skills each day.

This increase in cognitive stimulation has also been shown to improve both memory and concentration and in tern can delay the onset of degenerative diseases.

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Travelling changes your perspective

Travel has the amazing ability to change everything. It can broaden your perspective, both of the world and yourself. You will often find yourself in situations that you wouldn’t be in otherwise and faced with the reality of living outside your comfort zone, giving you the opportunity to transform how you see things.

Psychologists have stated that people often have mini epiphanies while they are travelling, as they view their problems from a more detached view. Additionally, experiencing other cultures and watching first hand how other people live can also broaden your views and gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your own circumstances.

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  • LCD July 7, 2017 at 11:53 am

    This is all SO true! My husband and I take a trip every few weeks just to get away and debrief, destress and relax. Travelling is the only thing that seems to help when we need a break from life.

  • Unknown July 7, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Each and Every Point is sooo true ! Travelling makes me feel so relieved and positive thoughts just flow in. Stress and responsibilities these days is too much to handle and a break is a must !

  • Lana July 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    We try and book a holiday every 3 months to distress from work. Travelling is definitely a great way to relax and clear your mind. 🙂

  • Perfelicious July 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    All the reasons are so true! Relaxing, new inspirations, creativity and having a good time. My best way of relaxation! 🙂

  • CoupleTakes July 7, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I totally agree about traveling being good for relationships! Whether family, romantic partners, or friendships, it forces you to develop better communication and problem solving skills! My fiance and I have been traveling together since the very beginning, and some of our best travel memories have been made when things didn't go as planned!

  • Lyf&Spice July 8, 2017 at 2:31 am

    You said it. It does help in relieving stress + giving a sense of fulfillment. Cheers!!

  • kristine evangelista July 8, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Everything you said here is true. Traveling is one of the best things my husband and I do to strengthen and deepen our relationship.

  • Mehr Lachhiramka July 8, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Read somewhere – travel not to escape life but travel so life never escapes you ! You have wonderfully put across the same point through your article. Loved it !!

  • Caroline Somba July 8, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Thus is exactly why I try to travel locally every other weekend and take 2 international trips per year. I'd wish to do more though

  • Caroline Somba July 8, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Thus is exactly why I try to travel locally every other weekend and take 2 international trips per year. I'd wish to do more though

  • Travelling Dany July 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

    Your photos alone relieved a lot of stress! Beautifully written, thank you!

  • foreverroamingtheworld July 8, 2017 at 11:43 am

    You've hit the nail or all the nails on the head with this post 😀 Traveling does do wonders to your your health both mentally and physically (Although can be draining sometimes too 😛 ) When I returned home for the first time in 6 years last year, I felt like I wanted to stop traveling but once you stop, you can feel a change within yourself. I find that just getting out whether that's a short or long trip just instantly makes you feel happier 😀

  • Kat casey July 8, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Every point you make is so true. I am so much happier, healthier and more creative since I started traveling 🙂

  • charity marces July 9, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I totally agree with you. Traveling can alleviate stress which results in being productive after. It's what I do when I start to feel less creative and exhausted.

  • Laura Stevenson July 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Love this, every single thing you've said is so true!!

  • Digital Travel Guru July 10, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this post and the lovely photos – bookmarked 🙂

  • julia ann October 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

    I admit, I have not been on this web page in a long time…community for travelers however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.

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