Are you 55+? Did you know that traveling is good for you? It’s true! Research has shown that those grownups who like to travel tend to have a longer life expectancy. Whether local or global, all forms of travel can enhance our lives and actually increase our life expectancy.
Research has also shown that travel reduces stress, keeps your body healthy inside and out, and boosts brain health. This adds up to an increased chance of living longer and have more fun while you live your life to the fullest!
The benefits of travel to mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health has been well researched. Older adults who are physically active through traveling have:
1. Lower Stress Level
A lot. This one might not come as a big surprise to you, but it’s been scientifically proven that travel will increase your happiness, decrease your depression, and help you chill out. A study found that three days after vacation, travelers felt well-rested, less anxious, and in a better mood. And these improvements didn’t disappear when they returned home, they lasted for weeks afterward.
2. Improved Brain Health
Travel expands your mind. You meet new people. You adapt to new situations. You become more globally and culturally aware. This is all good for your health because new experiences increase cognitive flexibility, keeping your mind sharp. Studies have shown a connection between travel and an increase in creativity, a deeper sense of cultural awareness and personal growth. And according to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, those who travel and study abroad tend to be more open and emotionally stable.
3. Decreased Risk of Heart Disease
That’s because people who wander away from their homes for a little vacation are generally less stressed and anxious or at least they’re willing to take a break from their stressors. Because of this, the long-running Framingham Heart Study found that men and women who traveled annually were less likely to suffer a heart attack or develop heart disease.
4. Keeps You Fit
Okay so travel often means sitting for hours on end in a plane, train, bus, or automobile, but it also means lots of opportunities to force yourself to be active. When we travel, we want to try new things and see all there is to see, walk the city streets much more than we would back home, or hike to get the best views of our surroundings. Even if you plan to spend your vaca at the beach, walking on sand and swimming in the ocean or gulf will force your muscles to work twice as hard.
Stop Missing Out On All The Fun!
As you can see taking time away from life as we know it, and traveling near or far can have physical and psychological health benefits.
Older adults especially those 55+ who take vacations regularly have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve their goals.
As they say, “life is too short.” So, why not make some travel plans today! Have some fun and improve your health – traveling is good for you!