Everyone loves to take a vacation, and hopefully you don’t need to be persuaded to take yours and travel the world! The current trend is that many people in the States do not take their full annual leave allowance from work. Did you know that world travel can actually have some incredible health benefits? You read right! Travel can actually be good for you.
So stop making excuses! Traveling should be a priority – start planning your trip as soon as possible!
1.Traveling Can Reduce Your Risk of Dementia
The risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease steadily increases as we grow older.
After the age of 65, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease doubles approximately every five years. It is estimated that dementia affects one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over the age of 80 ~ Alzheimer’s.org
But according to the Global Coalition on Aging and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, this can be halted in it’s tracks by keeping our minds engaged through travel. They have put together this white paper which details the connection between a healthy older age and mentally active, travelers.
It claims that the benefits of travel are both mental and physical, due to “physical activity, cognitive stimulation and social engagement.”
It explores published studies which have suggested that women who vacation twice a year have a significantly reduced chance of heart attacks or coronary death. While on the other hand, “men who did not take an annual vacation were shown to have a 20 percent higher risk of death and about a 30 percent greater risk of death from heart disease.”
Paul Nussbaum, a clinical neuropsychologist and professor of neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh supports the view that travel may help to prevent dementia.
“When you expose your brain to an environment that’s novel and complex or new and difficult, the brain literally reacts. Your brain literally begins to look like a jungle.” ~ Nussbaum.
2. Travel Keeps You Learning
The first point leads very nicely into this one. No matter what our age, we can benefit from plonking ourselves into new and unusual surroundings. The result is exhilarating, a little be daunting sometimes, but there are constant new brain connections being made while we figure out our surroundings.