Is traveling a wasted investment? Not as far as your health and wellbeing is concerned.
Recent studies suggest traveling helps people live longer! This definitely helps ease the guilt trip that consumes many travelers after purchasing a plane ticket.
The Global Commission on Aging (GCOA), the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, and the U.S. Travel Association conducted a recent poll that found retirees who travel have a less chance of getting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The survey also found that women who traveled infrequently have a higher risk of developing heart related diseases compared to those who traveled at least twice a year.
The men, well, they also reaped some significant health benefits as well; those who didn’t take a vacation once a year were shown to have a 20 percent higher risk of death, while 30 percent were more likely to die from heart disease.
The study also states that travel improves the mood of 86 percent of people and that they are more satisfied with their life compared to the 75 percent of those who don’t travel.
At least science is on the traveler’s side. Next time you’re feeling overwhelmed with life’s challenges, kick back, relax and pick your next adventure!