You may not thing it while you are waiting on your, yet again, delayed flight or trying to avoid the leak in what was meant to be a quality hotel room but travel is genuinely good for the soul, and now their is even scientific research to back up that claim.
Seasoned travellers have known this for years but science is finally catching up that travel is more than just holiday snaps, stamps in a passport and one more item ticked off your bucket list. If you need anymore convincing to get up off you normal routine and throw yourself into something off the beaten track, unexpected or take that trip of a lifetime , have a read over this list and find out the good it could do you.
It sound simple but a but of sunshine can do wonders for you. If you live in the British Isles there is a high chance that you are not getting enough sun on a regular basis (especially if you are in Scotland). To be clear; I am in no way suggesting that you jump on the tanning beds. But scientist have found that 20 minutes in the sun can seriously improve your mood.
Boost your creativity
Getting away from it all is a way of recharging your creative juices, not to mention the perfect way to give you a new sense of perspective.
“Foreign experiences increase both cognitive flexibility and depth and integrativeness of thought, the ability to make deep connections between disparate forms,” – Adam Galinsky, professor at Columbia Business School
If you are feeling stuck in a rut then a spot of travel can be the perfect thing to allow you to approach ideas and problems in a new way.
Improve your heart health
As heart pounding as rushing to make travel connections can seem regular travel actually improves your chances of maintinaing a healthy heart. Don’t belive me? Take if from the New York Times who wrote:
Using information from the Framingham Heart Study, which started in 1948, researchers looked at questionnaires women in the study had filled out over 20 years about how often they took vacations. Those women who took a vacation once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack than those who took at least two vacations a year, said Elaine Eaker, a co-author of the study and president of Eaker Epidemiology Enterprises, a private research company.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there are start seeing the world!