Traveling around the world wasn’t something that I had to do. Traveling is what I am born to do.
It all started at the age of 9. My parents just got married and we were off to Japan. My dad was military and we saw many parts of the world. I got used to changing schools and learned how to make quick friends or entertain myself.
I knew that my life was never designed to live in one place forever. After my military career I went to medical school and promised myself that I would never settle for an office but that the world would be my workspace.
I worked on a cruise ship for two years treating people from all around the world. This experienced enriched my life and the lives of others. Along the way I noticed that everyone around me were aging. Yet I felt, the more I moved the more I felt I was getting younger.
I contemplated top ten reasons why successful aging is deeply rooted in travel.
1.Stimulates brain activity- Travel lightens up your brain, it allows you to take time to restore your inner reserves, play, rest, reflect on life.
2. Promotes new experiences- cross-cultural experiences have the potential to strengthen a person’s sense of self. What a lot of psychological research has shown now is that the ability to engage with people from different backgrounds than yourself, and the ability to get out of your own social comfort zone, is helping you to build a strong and cultural sense of your own self.
3. Changes Perspective -Our ability to differentiate our own beliefs and values is tied up in the richness of the cultural experiences that we have had. Says one source. That is exactly what being on a cruise ship gave me. Living among many different cultures and traveling to several different ports broadened my point of view.
3. Creates new challenge- if you are introverted, you’ll become an extrovert. You’ll get better at small talk and how to ask interesting questions — the ones that matter and tell you more about the person.
4. Inspires new thought- Traveling is one of the best ways to open your mind and heart to the world. As a result, I’ve experienced a full range of emotions during my travels. “Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain
5. Promotes present moment awareness- Although this has sometimes meant having my lifestyle and point of view challenged, I wouldn’t give up a single second of it because it helped shape me into the person I am today. Travel can change your perspective.
Have you ever been on a vacation or doing something you really enjoy but had the thought “I don’t want this to be over”. Dr. Alyssa Barbash wrote in, Psychology Today This type of thinking only allows your mind to steal away your precious time. And in reality, the time will naturally pass and exciting, joyous occasions will naturally come to a close.
6. Make you feel younger - You get a new kind of education, you get a workout that doesn’t feel like an exercise, you learn about natural remedies and nutrition and you find peace and quiet.
7. Relieves stress - Larry Alton wrote in his blog 5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits of Traveling Abroad, According to one study, three days after taking a vacation, travelers report feeling less anxious, more rested and in a better mood. Interestingly, these benefits tend to linger for weeks after the trip has ended.
8. Develops creativity- According to one study, three days after taking a vacation, travelers report feeling less anxious, more rested and in a better mood. Interestingly, these benefits tend to linger for weeks after the trip has ended.
9. Traveling makes you healthier- research suggest traveling is highly beneficial for your physical, mental and emotional health. According to a joint study from the Global Commission on Aging and Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, in partnership with the U.S. Travel Association, traveling actually keeps you healthier.
10. Decreases risk of heart attack- women who vacation at least twice a year show a significantly lower risk of suffering a heart attack than those who only travel every six years or so.
The same is true for men. Men who do not take an annual vacation show a 20 percent higher risk of death and 30 percent greater risk of heart disease.
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