Travelling you can often find yourself sick, maybe from something you ate, or from the many other travellers you encounter so it may not feel logical that travelling can improve our health. But maybe it can?
Travel Exposes you to different environments, which boost your immune system
Some research shows that exposure to some dirt and minor illnesses actually keep your body and gut stronger. This isn't to say you should start rolling in the dirt and stop washing your hands to embrace it, use a little hand sanitizer here and there and be smart about your basic hygiene on the road. When you travel from place to place, your body adapts to thousands of new bacteria, which in turn makes it much stronger.
Travel Lowers Stress Levels
This one may not come as a surprise to you, but it has been scientifically proven that travel will increase your happiness, decrease your depression and make you chill out. And even when you come home this better mood carries on and lasts for weeks afterwards.
Travel improves your brain health
Travel expands your mind with all the different cultures and people you meet as well as the different situations you have to adapt to. This is all good for your health as new experiences increase cognitive flexibility, keeping your mind sharp. Studies have also shown a connection between travel and an increase in creativity as you have to figure out and solve problems and unique situations. And according to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, those who travel and study abroad tend to be more open and emotionally stable.
Travel will decrease you risk of Heart Disease
This is because people who travel away from their homes for a little vacation are generally less stressed and anxious. Because of this the long-running Framingham Heart Study found that men and women who travelled annually were less likely to suffer a heart attack or develop heart disease.
Travel keeps you Fit
A lot of travel is sitting for hours in transport to get from A to B, but once you reach your destination there are lots of opportunities to force yourself to be active. We walk the city streets much more than we would back home, or hike to get the best views of our surroundings. Even if you plan to stay all day at the beach, walking on sand will force your muscles to work twice as hard.