As we gear up for winter many of us will be taking this time to travel. Whether it is to the mountains, or to somewhere a bit more tropical, we will all have that itch to get out of the house at some point. Surveys from the Global Coalition on Aging show that even after vacationing for only a day or two, 89 percent of people are able to relax and leave work stressors behind. 89%! That is pretty amazing.
So, other than relaxation, what else does traveling do for us?Getting out into new environments has proven to make people physically healthier. We spend most of our time at home and work, sitting. Even if we are making an effort to go to the gym, how often do we walk 10 miles a day to sight see or bike around whole cities. Studies have shown travel to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of diabetes, ease depression and anxiety.
Get out of your bubbleWhen we make it out of our bubbles we are able to see the world in a new light. Seeing new sights can shift our perspective. This shift can create waves of inspiration to better your life or the lives around you. Whether it is a sweet conversation with a local or a deep talk with someone who is traveling as well, we are able to see things from their point of view. We can use these new insights to inspire us to live better lives.
Go when you can
Even if we are only able to go somewhere close by, there is still opportunity to hit the reset button, take a break from social media, read, connect with people you don't see often, and shift your perspective of stressful situations.
Travel allows us to see the world and all of the history that comes with it. Instead of reading about the temples in Asia, we may actually be able to step inside of them. We can feel the energy in the churches and at the Mayan Ruins. These are gentle reminders that every step we take is a part of something bigger. While we explore the history of other countries, we are also creating our own history. These trips are creating memories that can be passed on to friends and family as a part of your story.
I invite you to step outside of you comfort zone and make these things happen. Do it for your health, do it for your soul, do it for the memories, love and laughter you will create.