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Travel Can Keep You Happier – And Healthier!

Travel Can Keep You Happier – And Healthier!

By Paul Marshman  

Most people’s picture of a perfect retirement includes images of sunsets on tropical beaches, days spent exploring European cities, or an African safari. But while these travel dreams may seem like pure pleasure, new studies show they can actually be the key to a longer, healthier life.

According to a report by the U.S. Travel Association, travel has real and significant effects on both your physical and mental health. And a report by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies shows that its benefits are especially valuable for those of us over 50.

The biggest benefit of travel may be the way it relieves the stress of our daily life. This may contribute to a number of other effects seen in scientific studies. For example:

  • Travel can lower your risk of heart attacks, even if you’re in a high-risk category.
  • The activity involved in trip planning helps stimulates your mind and helps keep your mental functions sharp.  This mental stimulation can also lessen the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a significant benefit.
  • The process of planning a trip can lift your mood and general outlook for months, both before and after you travel.
  • Travelling can make you sleep better, even after you return home.
  • Taking a vacation can help your work performance, and good news: the effect is especially strong for those of us over 45.
  • Finally, travelling can even improve your sex life, with travelers reporting they felt more romantic and had sex more often.

Travel has beneficial effects for every age group. But for those of us in the Boomer generation, it’s especially valuable, keeping us active and interested in our lives and the big world out there. And isn’t that half the battle?

This blog post was written by Paul Marshman – a Travel Blogging Specialist.  Being both a Boomer and a world traveler, Paul shares travel tips and stories on his popular blog – The Travelling Boomer. You can also follow Paul on Twitter at @Travel_Boomer.

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Paul Marshman is a writer, photographer and traveler living in Toronto, Canada. Paul is semi-retired from a 30-year career as a reporter, editor and photographer on Canadian newspapers and magazines where his travels have taken him to 50 countries. Paul’s articles have been published everywhere from the Toronto Star to Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel and Paul now shares travel tips and stories on his popular blog – The Travelling Boomer.

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