“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page,” – St. Augustine.
The Benefits of Travel
1. Traveling can improve your health.
Numerous studies have been conducted that show traveling is healthy and helps slow your body’s aging process! A study by the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies showed that traveling lowers the risk of dementia, Alzheimers, and heart disease, as well as improving your overall well-being, sharpening the mind, and refreshing the spirit. So get out and travel!
2. Traveling can improve your relationships.
Traveling allows you to not only share in memorable moments with your spouse, but it also can improve your interpersonal relationships with each other. In fact, 75% of adults who travel with a significant other tend to have happier and more intimate relationships. Family vacations can also not only improve relationships and create memories, but they have been found to also reduce behavioral problems and illnesses in children. Plus, traveling can bring multiple generations together and 60% of children say that they feel closer to their grandparents after vacationing together.
3. Traveling can increase your intellect.
By constantly being surrounded by the profound newness that comes with traveling, whether it’s the new culture, scenery, language, food, or something else, traveling sharpens your mind by subconsciously solving the various puzzles encountered in each day’s intellectually stimulating environments. Learning is a fundamental part of life, and even as we age we should constantly be looking to learn more about the world around us! Traveling increases our intercultural awareness and helps us gain a powerful insight into the lives of others around our world.
4. Traveling can increase your happiness.
If you’re feeling down, try traveling and see where it takes you! Traveling has been known to lower your unhealthy stress, and help fulfill your travel dreams. Most Americans cite travel as one of the main things they plan on doing once they retire. Not only are you fulfilling a dream, but travel has actually been found to improve your overall happiness!