A majority of people in the UK are looking for new travel experiences as more people are heading to different parts of the globe for unusual holiday alternatives and rest and relaxation. According to statistics, the average number of holidays taken outside the country increased from 1.2 per person in 2013 to 1.7 per person in 2017. Exploring parts unknown and being able to experience different cultures are just some of the reasons why more people will be heading abroad this year for their leisure time, but did you know that travelling overseas has amazing benefits for your health?
As holidaymakers flock to beautiful places such as Spain, Tuscany in Italy, and the Greek Island of Crete, not only do travellers get to set their sights on beautiful scenery, but they also experience the physical and mental health benefits of overseas travel. Here are all the amazing benefits of travelling abroad.
It boosts memory
Travelling has been proven to lower stress levels and improve memory. Chronic stress can affect the parts of the brain that involve memory and learning. This is the reason why people often tend to forget things or appointments when they’re stressed at work. Travelling abroad is similar to taking a supplement to enhance mental agility and concentration as it can improve your memory while melting stress away. Moreover, going to an unfamiliar place enables your brain to stay active as you try to remember the routes to your hotel room or figure out how to take the local public transportation system. Keeping your brain active is akin to doing brain teasers or puzzles which can also help to boost memory.
It lowers the risk of depression
Millions of Britons struggle with depression and most rely on medication or therapy to cope with it. But travelling abroad is a more pleasant way to cope with loneliness as being in a new place can do much to improve your mood. Moreover, a change of scenery can work wonders especially if you’re experiencing personal or work-related problems.
It makes you physically healthier
Travelling abroad allows you to engage in outdoor activities that can make you healthier. Whether it’s spending a day at the beach in Bali, going for a hike in New Zealand, surfing in Australia or horseback riding in Iceland, spending time out in nature can benefit your physical health. All that healthful exercise can work up an appetite, so you may find that you’re eating better too as you try the local dishes and fresh produce in the area. Exploring the city and doing physical activity during the day also promotes better sleep at night, so you wake up feeling refreshed and energized for another day of fun.
Packing your bags and heading abroad allows you to benefit physically, emotionally, and mentally. Be open to new experiences, explore your surroundings, connect with the locals, and leave your worries behind as you enjoy the sights and sounds of an unfamiliar place. You may find that travelling and exploring the world may be the way to achieve overall health and happiness this year.
Now working as a writer, Jackie Edwards started her career in the hospitality and travel industry, but after becoming a mom refocused and decided to spend more time with her family. When she’s not writing, she volunteers for a number of local mental health charities and also has a menagerie of pets to look after.