10 Great Reasons to Travel More Often
October 12th, 2016 by Lauren Tharp
Here at FabFitTravel, we’re all about getting out and having adventures. From mountains to beaches to everything in-between – we’re all for it!
And you might be thinking, “Of course you are! You run a destination vacations company!” Well, yes. That’s certainly part of it (we’d never lie to you!); however, there are plenty of other great reasons we want you to travel more, even if it’s not with us. Mainly because it’s good for you.
1. You’ll Exercise More
Most of us live pretty sedentary lifestyles. However, when you travel, you’re pretty much forced to get out and walk around. And that’s a good thing! Travelers tend to average about 10 miles of walking per day on their vacations. That’s a lot of great exercise! And the thing about exercise is that it’s habit-forming (in a good way). Once you get used to exercising abroad, you’ll be more likely to continue to exercise once you get home. Basically: Traveling is a good first step to overall fitness!
2. It Boosts Your Immune System
Getting out of the house and into environments that your body isn’t used to exposes you to all sorts of new dirt, germs, and bacteria. Sounds gross, but it’s actually a good thing. Being exposed to these new elements of “filth” helps your body create new anti-bodies and greatly ups your immune system for future adventures.
3. It Relieves Your Stress
Vacations are for more than just fun. They’re also great for your mental well-being. Travelling helps reduce stress and can go a long way toward preventing burnout. The stress relieving effects of a great vacation can last up to five weeks later! Travelers also report feeling more creative and more emotionally and mentally well-balanced overall.
4. It’s Good for Your Heart
The Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, has released a study that reports: “Women who vacationed every six years or less had a significantly higher risk of developing a heart attack or coronary death compared with women who vacationed at least twice a year.”
In other words, by travelling more often, you’ll be ensuring good heart health later in life.
5. It Boosts Your Self-Confidence
Whether you’re traveling alone or with family and friends, visiting a new place gives you more self-confidence. When you travel, you’re forced to interact with others – other tourists, locals, hotel staff, wait staff, etc. – and really put yourself “out there.” That takes confidence! Even moreso if you’re starting out a bit on the “shy” side.
6. You’ll Get a Vitamin D Boost
Vitamin D is the “vitamin” that we get from sunshine – and it’s known as the “happy” vitamin. Twenty minutes of sunshine on your head per day can greatly improve your mood and overall mental wellbeing. However, most of us tend to stay indoors on most days. Not so when you travel! Whether you’re walking, hiking, kayaking, or ziplining your way through your adventure, the sun is there to boost your mood and make the trip all the better!
7. You’ll Be More Interesting
You don’t have to be one of those people who traps her friends in a room and presents them with an endless slide show of your vacation photos (no one likes that!), but you will have interesting stories to tell from your travels. In our experience, no one goes travelling and comes back unchanged. Let the experiences that moved you move those around you. And, okay, you can show them a few photos…
8. You’ll Gain New Skills
Whether you learn to ski for the first time or order off a restaurant menu in the native language, your skills will be broadened and tested constantly when you travel. You’re capable of so much more than you think!
9. You’ll Appreciate Home More
“Absence makes the heart grow fonder,” as they say. Your home might seem like the last place you want to be now – how dull, right? – but after you’ve spent some time traveling, we can almost guarantee that you’ll miss what you’ve left behind. Unless you’re a true nomad (and most of us aren’t), the feeling of coming back home after a long break is one of the greatest feelings in the world.
10. You’ll Have Fewer Regrets
59% of Americans dream of travelling. Don’t be one of the dreamers. Be one of the doers.
Old age isn’t a guarantee for any of us (as morbid as that sounds) and it pays to start checking off items from your bucket list early. If travelling is something you really want to do: Do it! You’ll regret not doing it later, and no one should have to live with those kinds of regrets.
So get out there and start exploring! Your mind, body, and future self with thank you.