Travel will save your life

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So you haven’t traveled in a while. You feel you have no time to leave your job for just a few days to spend some time away from home. You keep convincing yourself you have too many responsibilities and that your money can go into something that will benefit you or your family more. Basically, you’ve become a travel-excuse expert. You have carefully mastered the art of saying ‘no’ to any chance that means you leaving your house for a while.

If it were something a specific company were looking for, you believe it’d actually do very well on your list of fortes. But apart from the well-known facts about travelling (e.g the fun, freedom and peace you could really use), did you know travelling has a couple of health benefits?? Read on, and perhaps you could spare a couple of money from your hospital bill.

  1. Instead of just having a weekend getaway in the woods or whatever your ideal getaway destination is, how about you take a vacation?? Research shows that regular getaways may increase longevity by preventing heart disease. In fact, men in a nine-year study who took at least one vacation per year were almost 30% less likely to die from a heart-related cause compared with the men who kept took their ‘hustle’ a bit too seriously. Need I say more?? Save your, or the special one’s heart, and have a vacay!
  2. Remember that know-it-all guy from the office who really is smart, but is just annoying because he makes you feel like all those years of school did you no justice?? Take a break. Travel can make you more creative and help promote overall brain health. The mental flexibility that involves getting adapted to a particular place, and just the change in the environment itself, is enough to get your creative juices flowing. Think about it; we need to change cultures, to experience the disorienting diversity of human traditions. The same details that make foreign travel so confusing – “Do I tip the waiter? Where is this bus taking me? How do I say Hello” – turn out to have a lasting impact, making us more creative because we’re less insular. We’re reminded of all that we don’t know, which is nearly everything need I add! Smarterteers, all aboard!!!
  3. Yes, those hot new shoes are the in thing for this season, but they won’t make you as happy as a holiday would. No this is not from me, it’s from science, and science doesn’t lie. In fact, studies have been done to prove that money spent on travel makes you happier than money spent on material goods. Even conventional wisdom says that money can’t buy happiness. In fact, research shows that money can make us happier—but only if we spend it in particular ways. Apparently, getting material satisfaction doesn’t make you unhappy, but it doesn’t make you happy either. One thing that does make us happy, however, is an experience.
  4. Not convinced yet? You can agree with me that the benefits of travel are almost immediate. After only a day or two, 89% of people experience significant drops in stress. Treat yourself to an occasional getaway, and perhaps avoid getting depressed. Besides, everyone deserves a breather!
  5. Yes, they all say “absence makes the heart grow fonder,” but did you know that couples who travel together have reported increased feelings of intimacy? Not exactly healthy body-wise, but I bet everyone wishes they could be spared the heartbreaks and drama that come with having or being in a relationship. So perhaps you could keep your heart in shape (and peace), by keeping your relationship alive. Leave home every once in a while, hit the road to nowhere, and watch your relationship blaze; and have fun while you’re at it too!!!

Where will you go next? Let us know if the comments section!

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