5 reasons why travelling is good for you
We all love to travel. Exploring, making new memories and meeting new people makes us feel good. We love coming back home with a bunch of stories to tell and new friends all around the world.
But did you know that travelling is actually really healthy for you? Here are 5 reasons why:
1 Releases stress
The American Psychological Association have studied stress for a while and they found that going abroad promotes stress release. Removing yourself from your surroundings helps to get some mind space and a fresh perspective on things. This, in turn, helps get rid of the negative emotions.
2 Promotes Heart Health
Travel is actually great for your health. To start with, you are much more physically active – be that running through the airport looking for your gate, or just cruising the streets of the new city. All of the above are beneficial for your blood pressure and thus are good for your heart.
Secondly, a Framingham Heart Study showed that over the course of 20 years, women who took holidays only every six or so years had an eight times higher chance of a heart attack than women who travelled twice a year. Men who do not take an annual vacation show a 20% higher risk of death and 30% greater risk of heart disease.
3 Boosts Creativity
Studies posted in the Academy of Management Journal showed that foreign professional experiences boosted creativity and innovation in creative directors. This was arguably an implication of the fresh perspective.
Recently neuroscientists have also supported these findings. They argue that new sounds, smells and sensations allow the brain to create new neurological patterns and thus boost engagement and creative thinking. A study from the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology also showed that there is a strong correlation between being exposed to new experiences and cultures, and the creativity levels.
4 Allows you to reinvent yourself
Psychologists argue that a lot of people experience a sense of reinvention while travelling. Epiphanies and the ability to view problems and themselves differently comes with forcing yourself out of your comfort zone.
Seeing how other people live around the globe and broadening your view and understanding also has a positive effect on personality traits. Travelling and seeing other cultures makes us more empathetic and tolerant.
5 Makes You Happier
Yes getting incredible experiences while you’re abroad is of course pleasurable. But it’s not just the travelling itself that makes us feel good.
Research from Cornell University shows that it is actually the anticipation and planning of travel that makes us happy. Studies emphasise that the feeling of excitement we get from the anticipation of travel is far greater than the anticipation of acquiring a physical item.