Since time immemorial, people in all cultures have used travel to satisfy a longing to experience other cultures. Travel gives rise to human interaction at its widest range. Moreover, it is in our DNA to explore. Our minds are built to gather and examine external stimuli – new ideas, new ways of doing things and new perspectives on life and living. Their steady input fertilizes our mind, incites it to grow and keeps us young. By contrast, their absence makes the intellect wither and ourselves along with it. If only for this reason, exploration to keep the mind active must be an essential part of any anti-aging strategy.
The Benefits of Travel are Diverse and Here are Some of Them:
Mental and intellectual stimulation
There is a wealth of empirical and scientific evidence to show travel is a powerful stimulant to effective thinking, liberating our intellect to make it more flexible and imaginative. It allows us to put some distance, be it physical or emotional, between ourselves and our present concerns, enabling us to contemplate them more objectively and conceive of more creative ways to address them.
On a more down-to-earth level, the amount of research you put into planning a trip is itself mentally stimulating. The more information you have about the history and culture of the places you intend to visit, the more enjoyment you can get once you’re there. The exercise of gathering and processing information becomes educational, and your mind is agreeably expanded by the stimulation
Travel can benefit your health in a number of ways. There will be more time spent outdoors, and this usually translates into plenty of sunshine and vitamin d, more walking and other physical activities, more fresh air (hopefully pollution-free and pollen-free – if you are prone to allergies take care), and more deep breathing which increases your blood oxygen levels. On the other hand, travel can expose you to unknown risks, while the exhilaration of being in a new exciting place can impair judgement; careful pre-planning of activities minimizes such dangers. As you plan, you develop a more realistic picture of your current physical condition. This mature assessment of your capabilities should guide you to select only those activities that engage your body in a safe way, thereby enhancing the excitement, enjoyment, and satisfaction you get from the trip. Remember to always travel within your comfort zone.