Most people know that travelling is good, but did you know that there are numerous health benefits of travelling, some of them so vital it’s not a wonder we keep having health issues. Now when I say ill, I do not necessarily mean physically sick. There’s that, but I’m talking about the kind of illness that has you severely exhausted on a Monday morning and Friday evenings no longer seem fun. I’m sure you’ve guessed where I’m heading to right about now. The solution? You need a vacation, but not just any kind of vacation. Let’s talk about health benefits of travelling abroad.


Research has shown that the average UK resident visits 10 countries in his lifetime, the Germans 8 countries, the French 5 countries and the American 3 countries. Hmmm.

Travelling to a geographically diverse region opens a person up to so many new bacteria, flora and fauna and this is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives your body the ability to develop antibodies to these antigens and this will greatly boost one’s immunity.

When you travel, you’re not likely to sit indoors watching television. No, that’s what you do when you have a day off at home. When you travel, you most likely will take a lot of walks, just viewing the landscape, taking pictures, talking with the locals. When you walk that much, it helps to build stronger bones, absorb vitamin D through sunlight and thereby ward off osteoporosis which is a gradual decline of bone tissue leading to weak bones affecting people from age 35.

Travel can also be really good for women who have painful periods. When you’re PMSing or bloated and generally cranky, it might not seem like a good time to travel but research has shown that being out in the sun and soaking up some vitamin D might help with PMS symptoms and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which involves hormonal imbalances and irregular periods. Also, engaging in moderate exercise while on the trip such as walking or swimming can help reduce cramps and bloating. 

What about psychological benefit of travel?

The first most obvious benefit is that it helps with your creativity. When you don’t allow yourself adequate exposure to novel stimuli, you may find that your creative powers will begin to decline. This suggests that creativity is closely linked to neuroplasticity i.e how the brain and its neural networks are organized. When you go to new places and experience new sounds, tastes, smells, sensations, and sights, this can lead the brain to form new neural connections which greatly improves creativity.

Another benefit is that when you’re in a new place, your itinerary will definitely differ from what your normal schedule. You will have to make new decisions, navigate different streets and languages, and this keeps your mind sharp.

The health benefits of travel are way more than the ones listed here. In fact, for every health issue there is, physical or psychological, there’s a trip that can manage if not cure it. So don’t hesitate any longer and book that trip now!

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