Science says traveling may help you stay healthy and strong.
The benefits of traveling are reflected in our physical and emotional health. Traveling makes us happier and can even reduce the risk of having a heart attack. And it’s not only me saying it, it’s actually dozens of studies.
More than just a “holiday”
Even when you can have a job you love and an active social life, nothing can compare with the experience that traveling can provide. Visiting other places changes our perspective of the world and, through people, culture, clothing, food and music, we appreciate more how wonderful it is to live. People who travel constantly, like the digital nomads or travel bloggers know how exhilarating and exciting it can be.
Whether you travel to another country or the next town, traveling is an experience that is not only enjoyed, but it also translates into benefits to our health and state of mind.
Planning = Happiness
According to a study conducted in the United Kingdom, people feel particularly happy when the holidays approach because this can mean travel. The excitement of choosing the destination, buying plane tickets, preparing the suitcase and waiting for the trip in general often cause great joy.
According to the study, the pleasant effect in people changes positively and, consequently, increases their well-being. In addition, another study suggests that the anticipation of the trip may be even more pleasant than the anticipation of buying something.
Against stress and negative emotions
Work and routinary life is something really overwhelming. Traveling is not always just to explore, but to serve the need to get away from everything negative and boring. According to the stress survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, vacations and trips can help manage stress and negative emotions by eliminating the sources of stress.
It is even believed that a trip can help to re-establish our emotions, making us more compassionate and solidary in certain situations.
To avoid sadness
Who would be depressed while traveling on a Caribbean cruise? In big cities, life goes much faster and, between work and traffic while driving can cause serious problems of depression and irritability, which directly influences the general welfare. According to the results of the study conducted by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, people who travel only once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression and stress than women who go on vacation at least twice a year.
Changing the house or office and the activities for a weekend getaway may influence your health positively. Your mind can reset, as well as your body, after suffering the effects accumulated by being subjected to long periods of stress.
Enriching our experiences
As followers of the minimalist lifestyle preach, material possessions do not always provide real happiness and, if they do, it is a momentary happiness. Material things become old, wear out and depreciate. Experiences are gifts that keep on giving. Both long and short trips are an accumulation of enriching experiences due to exposure to totally new environments, and it’s exciting! The culture, traditions and perspectives of the trip can change your mind in a matter of days. That fact was evident in a study conducted by Cornell University that showed that buying travel experiences makes us happier in the long term than buying material things.
Traveling reduces the risk of a heart attack
Although heart attacks are on the rise due to different causes related to diet and lack of physical activity, studies have found that men who don’t usually take vacations are 30% more likely to have a heart attack. In contrast, men who travel regularly are 21% less likely to suffer such an attack. Women who travel only once every six years are eight times more likely to suffer a heart attack.