If you’re looking for a way to improve yourself, physically and mentally, it’s important to consider travel. Travel can have significant benefits on all aspects of our health and well-being.
You might decide you want to take the trip of a lifetime if you settle an insurance claim or inherit a cash windfall. Even if you don’t get unexpected money, however, you can still travel. There are ways to make travel affordable and attainable, no matter what your budget is.
The following are some of the reasons to make travel a part of your life.
Most of us face stress everyday of our lives, and with all that’s going on in the world right now, we may be facing higher stress than we ever considered. Most people have been self-isolating for months, they may be dealing with anxiety about the coronavirus, and the George Floyd protests have created stress for much of the world as well. These are stresses that are added on top of everything else we might deal with in our daily lives. Traveling allows you to step back from the stress of your daily life. When you travel, you can take your mind off the things causing you the most stress, and that can have a physical effect on you. For example, when you relax and travel, it can reduce your cortisol levels, which helps you feel less anxious but can also help your cardiovascular health.
When you free yourself from stress and the general elements of your daily life, you might also rethink things more creatively or become more productive. Maybe you find a solution for an ongoing problem in your life, or perhaps you return from your travels recharged and ready to tackle work differently. When you travel, you’re breaking your routines, and that can mean you break negative cycles that could impact your physical or mental health. For example, if you suffer from depression, breaking your negative cycles can help you.
Boost Your Mental Strength
When you travel it can help you feel more confident because you’re taking on challenges and new experiences. That can help you in other areas if you feel confident and mentally strong in a variety of settings and situations. Traveling can also have unexpected hurdles and when you overcome these, and you think on your feet it will allow you to do the same in other parts of your life.
Improve Your Communication Skills
When you travel, you have to communicate with many different people, and you do so outside of your comfort zone. These people may not be native English speakers, and they may come from different backgrounds than people you would interact with at home. All of these factors then help you learn how to communicate with people you don’t know in general. If you’re shy, this can be especially empowering for you. If you travel solo, it’s especially imperative that you communicate with the people around you during your travels.
When you’re traveling, you are probably going to be more active than you would be at home. At home, you might spend most of your time sitting at your desk. When you’re traveling, you might walk for miles in a big city, go hiking, or do outdoor activities like paddle boarding or kayaking that maybe you wouldn’t do at home. When you’re more active, this can help your mental health, but it can also help your sleep patterns and elements of your physical health.
Reduce Cardiovascular Risk Factors
Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States, but traveling can reduce some of the risk factors. For example, men’s risk of death goes down by 21% when they take vacations, and it reduces their death from cardiovascular disease by 32%. For women, a lack of vacations is linked to a higher risk of death from heart disease.
Research has shown women who go on trips more often are less likely to become depressed, tired, or tense.
Improved Family Relationships
Your social support is integral to both your physical and mental health. If you travel with your spouse, your family, or a loved one, it can improve those relationships and strengthen your bonds. This will improve your overall sense of well-being. While travel has been somewhat disrupted in 2020 because of coronavirus, it’s starting to come back, and it may be the opportunity to daydream and think ahead to the next trip you’d like to take.