It’s no secret travel has so many benefits to our health and wellbeing, but exactly what changes occur when you take a break from the nine to five in order to travel?
Travel relieves stress and boosts mental health
The most obvious and potentially most important health benefit of travelling is stress reduction. Travelling has the ability to take you out of our daily routine and into new surroundings and experiences and this can reset your body and mind.
Even planning a trip can have a fantastic effect on the body – it boosts happiness and feels rewarding. Not only does travel reduce stress but it expands the mind. Meeting new people and adapting to new situations makes one more globally and culturally aware. This keeps the mind sharp, increases creativity and helps with personal growth.
Travel whips us into shape
This truly depends on the nature of your travels and whether you’ll be indulging in three scoops of gelato a day. Regardless, travel can be an opportunity to escalate your fitness routines. While travelling we will generally be more active than sitting in an office chair all day. While touring Europe or visiting Disney World travellers can rack up as many as 20,000-30,000 steps per day. Activities like paddle boarding, hiking and swimming can help to boost fitness. Indeed Australia is a nation of fitness buffs.
Last year we surveyed 1000 people and found that increasing physical fitness was the top priority of 51% of responders. Activities like yoga retreats, healthy cooking classes and hiking expeditions are more and more popular with the Aussie population. The most popular wellness destinations are New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and South Pacific Islands.
Travel improves sleep patterns
Poor sleep mixed with high stress is a toxic mixture for our mental state. The health detriments of poor sleep are varied, from irritability to poor cognitive performance and efficiency. It is recommended that adults sleep at least seven to seven and a half hours per night and this can be more easily achieved while travelling. In the Mediterranean you might even engage in an afternoon nap after lunch, also known as a Siesta.
It’s obvious that travel comes with a myriad of health benefits for the mind, body and soul, so what are you waiting for – time to book that holiday. Your health will thank you for it!
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