Travel is undoubtedly an integral part of the Erasmus + program. Although everything is much more difficult these days and it is necessary to prepare much more and more thoroughly for the trip, it is necessary to repeat that traveling is still mentally, physically and emotionally beneficial for us.
Let’s dive in and take a look at some of the health benefits that researchers have explored and verified scientifically.
Travel Makes You Healtier
According to a joint study from the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, traveling actually keeps you healthier. The study found that women who vacation at least twice a year show a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who only travel every six years or so.
The same is true for men. Men who do not take an annual vacation show a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of heart disease.
Travel Relieves Stress
Although missing a connecting flight or losing baggage in a foreign airport is sure to boost your anxiety, traveling has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels, and rather dramatically.
According to one study, three days after taking a vacation, travelers report feeling less anxious, more rested and in a better mood. Interestingly, these benefits tend to linger for weeks after the trip has ended.
Travel Enhances Your Creativity
“Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms,”explains Adam Galinsky, a professor at Columbia Business School who has authored a number of studies that investigate the concrete links between creativity and international travel.
Travel alone isn’t enough, however. Galinsky has found that international travelers have to be purposeful about engaging.
Travel Boosts Happiness and Satisfaction
Most people tend to be happier when they’re traveling and don’t have to worry about work, of course. However, one of the more interesting takeaways from a Cornell University study is that people also experience a direct increase in happiness from just planning a trip.
Travel Lowers the Risk of Depression
While people tend to avoid the subject in our society, depression is unfortunately a major problem. Millions of Americans struggle with depression on a regular basis and it’s not uncommon for doctors to overprescribe medication for depression.
Luckily, healthier alternatives are available for escaping the hopelessness of a depressed state. According to research, travel may be one of them.
A study from the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin found that women who vacation at least twice a year are less likely to suffer from depression and chronic stress than women who vacation less than once every two years.
— Where Will Your Travels Take You This Year? —