Traveling and exploring new places or cultures can have life changing effects; reshape your mindset and create a healthier you. Vacations aren’t about gaining weight or spending too much money; it’s not all about food tours and souvenirs. Traveling can be an eye-opening, healthful experience and can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
Here we invite you to explore the healthy side of travel which can have a positive effect to lead a happier life. Traveling can be a proponent to reducing stress, staying physically fit, supporting emotional balance, and even improving relationships.
Taking time off is an obvious way to recharge and reduce stress levels. While staying home and resting is a worthy use of your time off, traveling removes you from your everyday life and lets you truly escape and relax more fully. Vacationing lets you put aside your daily responsibilities; it’s okay to shut out technology and focus on yourself “in the moment.” When you return home you’ll feel refreshed with the motivation to tackle work and home life again.
Meeting new acquaintances is one of the great upsides of traveling. Whether it’s making small talk with your seat-mate on a flight, asking directions to a place you’d like to visit, or joining a retreat group with like-minded individuals; you will be forced to improve your social skills (especially if you’re traveling solo). If new situations tend to make you anxious, traveling is a sure way to take steps toward reducing that anxiety. As our world changes to a more global society you can expand your network and keep in touch through social media.
Planning a trip, having a travel “to-do” list and slowly crossing things off that list keeps you motivated and positive. That list can include things like visiting ancient ruins or accomplishing a physical challenge or completing a workshop that you have been longing to join. Achieving those goals also increases confidence and gives you a sense of success and can lead to more positive thinking and a healthier you.
Once you catch the adventure travel bug, you may never be the same. While traveling, you can get lured into trying something new such as a hiking the lush Waipio Valley on the northern Hamakua Coast of Hawaii. The freshness of the new experience can take your breath away and perhaps, inspire a different approach to find travel destinations with an improved fitness benefit for you.
Sometimes things don’t go according to plan while traveling. Maybe your flight is cancelled or it rains the day you’re scheduled to go on a special outdoor adventure. You will learn to turn disappointments in to positive experiences; there are other flights to take (or trains, or buses) and maybe on that rainy day you’ll discover a hidden bookstore to explore or an adorable cafe to experience. Traveling helps you be more flexible and open-minded, making you more Zen-like in your everyday life.
Travel can involve a lot of waiting. You’ll wait in lines. You’ll wait for flights. You’ll wait at restaurants and museums. Learning how to cope with those waits, how to make conversation with those you’re waiting with and how to stay calm in frustratingly slow situations will teach you how to remain patient and calm in all situations.
Surveys have shown that couples who vacation together report more intimate relationships and better sex lives. While travel can’t make you have a good relationship, it can strengthen it. Being free of responsibilities like doing the dishes and walking the dog helps you relax together and focus on each other.
Some expert travelers suggest making a habit of traveling at least once a year. It reminds us that there is more to life than what we see from day to day. It’s good for the mind, body and soul. Traveling offers a variety of experiences and adds excitement to life!
- Posted by: Dorothy Ruggiero, LMT
- Wellness Travel Consultant
- Dade Travel Center 305-826-0061
Reference: Huffington Post: 11/09/2013