Most people have already made a list with their New Year’s Resolutions and have promised to keep them, or at least try.
If you are one of those people, and you have made such a list, hopefully traveling is on your list, too. Regardless of whether you like traveling or not, once you start traveling you’ll simply love it, especially if you pick places worth visiting and you understand the great benefits of traveling.
Have a look at few of the amazing benefits traveling provides and make sure you add traveling on your New Year’s Resolution list.
Keeps the mind sharp
When your brain is introduced to new experiences and environments it becomes challenged and builds resilience at the cellular level so degenerative disease is potentially delayed. This increase in cognitive stimulation due to exposure to novelty has been shown to improve both memory and concentration, especially in individuals with dementia. So, travel can actually promote brain health.
The brain’s neural pathways are influenced by environment and experience, which leads researchers to believe that travel can enhance creativity.
According to the Global Coalition on Aging, stress reduction is one of the most important benefits of travel. According to a 2012 Expedia survey, 89% of travelers found they could let go of stress and just relax after only a day or two into their trip. Stepping out of your daily routines and placing yourself in totally new surroundings resets both your mind and body, resulting in actual stress relief.
Boosts mental health
Travelling, can lower levels of depression and improve psychological functioning, according to a 2009 University of Kansas study. You can experience a boost in happiness even while planning a trip. Having something to look forward to, even if it’s a two-day trip, can feel rewarding.
As it turns out travel extends your perspectives, not only of the world but also of yourself. When traveling you may often find yourself in situations that you wouldn’t be in otherwise and you’ll be faced with the reality of living outside your comfort zone, which one way or another provides the opportunity to change the way you see things.
Opportunities to connect with new people
Traveling provides opportunities to meet new people that you otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to meet and connect with. Regardless of whether you achieve this connection by engaging with the locals, or other travelers, making social connections, or deepening on the ones you already have, can improve your mental and physical health.
How often do you travel? What’s your favorite part when traveling? Please share with us in the comments section below.