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The top four benefits of travelling later in life

Travel can have some surprising long-lasting benefits. Here’s why you should be doing more of it later in life.

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As we transition into our golden years, the allure of travel is more enticing than ever before. Many of us embark on trips we’ve been dreaming of for a lifetime. But beyond simply having a good time, travel can also have some other long-lasting benefits – let's delve into them.

1. Getting out of your comfort zone

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First and foremost, travel offers the opportunity to rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. Travel allows us to step outside of our comfort zones and immerse ourselves in new cultures, cuisines, and landscapes in a way our day-to-day lives and this can have a positive impact on how we see others and the world.

Whether it’s marvelling at ancient ruins in Greece, savouring delectable street food in Thailand, or simply basking in the natural beauty of the Italian countryside, each journey presents a chance to reignite your zest for life.

2. Learn new skills

One of the biggest benefits of travelling is the chance to gain new skills. This can be achieved through courses or classes, or by simply exposing yourself to unfamiliar situations, cultures, and experiences.

Going into unfamiliar surroundings can also come with new challenges – such as navigating new customs, or visiting a country that speaks a different language – which can engage your problem-solving abilities.

Learning new skills has been well documented to help prevent or delay the onset of dementia. For example, a 2020 Canadian study found learning a second language can help resist cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease progression.

3. Grow your social connections

Moreover, travel provides plenty of opportunity to connect with others – whether that’s meeting fellow travellers and locals, or even visiting family and friends. Far from being solitary endeavours, our adventures often bring us closer to loved ones and strangers alike.

Multi-generational travel has surged in popularity in recent years, as grandparents seize the opportunity to create lasting memories with their children and grandchildren. From bonding over shared experiences to imparting wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of exploration, these intergenerational trips foster meaningful relationships that transcend age and distance.

4. Improving health

Beyond the personal enrichment it provides, travel also boasts numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that travel can lower stress levels, boost mental health, and even improve physical well-being.

A 2019 US study found that there was a positive effect on taking vacations on metabolic health (such as insulin resistance and high blood pressure). This isn’t too surprising when you consider that when we are on holidays we tend to move a lot more, which helps reduce the risk of developing chronic illnesses. Similarly, a 40-year study by the European Society of Cardiology found people who took less than 3 weeks of vacation time a year had a 37% higher risk of premature death, regardless of how healthy they are.

Going on vacation can also help with managing stress – a 2018 German study found that people who took a four-day holiday experienced reduced stress levels for a month after their return.

Whether it's the gentle exercise of strolling through cobblestone streets or the mental stimulation of navigating unfamiliar surroundings, each aspect of the travel experience contributes to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

What are you waiting for?

In conclusion, travel holds boundless opportunities for seniors to enrich their lives, forge meaningful connections, and cultivate a sense of well-being. Whether we're traversing distant continents or simply exploring our own backyard, the world is ours to discover and savour. So, why not seize the moment, pack your bags, and embark on the journey of a lifetime—because the best adventures are yet to come.

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