Everyone loves to, or at least dreams of travel, but did you know travel can actually be good for you? Sure, travel can have its downsides, delays, lost baggage and other stresses, but for the vast majority of the billions of people who travel every year, this is not the case. The vast majority of travellers whether travelling for business of pleasure have few stresses if any at all.
So why is travel beneficial to your health? Travel can boost your immune system. It sounds bizarre, but travel helps your body fight infection and illness. Travel acts like a probiotic because your body is exposed to so much. Exposure to the dirt and germs of other countries is good for you and builds up stronger antibodies inside you. This, in turn, boosts your immune system.
An expanded mind improves brain health. Travelling introduces your brain to new experiences. New people, new cultures and new sites, sounds and smells. Hearing a new language and challenging yourself to learn and speak it is just an added boost to brain health. Studies have shown that there is a definite increase in creativity, cultural awareness and growth in a person generally. Good brain health leads to emotional stability, and in many cases, a more fulfilled life.
Lessen heart disease and increases fitness. Some people who have stressful trips may disagree with this, but in general, travel reduces stress in a person and everyone knows that reduced stress is good for the heart. Studies have shown that people who travel at least once a year on vacation to rest are less likely to have a heart attack. Sure, a lot of travelling means being sat on a Boeing at 39,000 feet for hours on end, or could mean just lounging on the beach soaking up the sun. But travelling to new places encourages people to explore, and exploration means getting up and getting active. Travel can provide an opportunity to try new things such as an extreme sport or it may just be that you walk around the city you are in more than you would at home. Travel is, for many, about exploring and doing new things, of course, there will be days of rest but it is getting to see the sites and sounds that really makes travel special.
Healing places. Some people travel for healing or at least upliftment, and there are many places around the world where people go just for this. Spas, springs and places of energy relax or uplift the body and soul. There are energy points that some believe in, such as Stonehenge in the UK or the pyramids of Egypt. Only by travelling can you find these healing places. Don’t forget certain foods found in some countries offer many health benefits, sometimes it is just the fact the fruit, for example, is picked off the tree by you and its freshness is what makes it better
Travel is really good for you. Most people enjoy it and to really gain more out of the experience, a language makes things even better. Speaking the language of the country you are visiting will make you feel more at ease and you will relax. A language can also help you communicate with locals and perhaps find out an age-old remedy, health boosting food or habit that could change your life forever. However you look at it, there is nothing wrong whatsoever with travelling, so, go on, get out there, explore and be healthy.
Travelling is an exciting opportunity which can be enhanced by learning the language before you go. This blog contains some interesting articles about language and travel.