We love traveling for several reasons, let’s face it, sometimes just needing to get away for a little while is that good reason. But did you know there are a ton of scientific and research-based reasons that you should be booking a trip every now and then? That’s right, scientists agree that you should just go for it, so if you’ve been considering booking a vacay, consider this your sign. Let’s get started!
Whether you’re traveling near or far, you’re exposing yourself to different environments. When you expose yourself to different environments, you create stronger antibodies which in turn boost your immune system. Research tells us that exposure to new germs and minor illnesses can keep our bodies, not to mention our guts stronger and better at fighting off more serious diseases. Now we aren’t saying you should throw caution to the wind and stop washing your hands while you’re out and about, we would actually never advise that, but some new germs in your life aren’t the worst thing.
“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve been and what’s happened. In the end, you’re just happy you were there — with your eyes open — and lived to see it.” – Anthony Bourdain
When you’re traveling, you’re meeting new people, you’re becoming culturally aware, and you’re expanding your mind; this is all key to keeping that brain of yours sharp. Psychologists have also found that those who travel tend to be more open-minded and emotionally stable.
Because traveling often means you’re experiencing less stress and anxiety, a study found that men and women that travel often are actually less likely to suffer from a heart attack or have heart disease.
“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood, and age only matters if you’re a cheese.” – Rick Steves
If you’ve ever soaked in a natural hot spring or mineral-rich waters, then you already know that many healing properties exist in our world. These healing properties can be used to improve skin, relieve pain, relieve stress, and even increase longevity. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, a quick Google search will show you that oftentimes these healing properties are closer than we think.