Travelling surely has to be one of the greatest pleasures in life. I know it certainly is for me. But what if I told you that regular travel is a great way to keep your mind and body healthy? I’m talking about slow leisurely travel not 5000 kilometres in ten days. But the kind where you have time to immerse yourself in the local area or way of life. Here are my top five reasons why I think you should regularly Travel to Stay Healthy.
KEEPS YOU ACTIVE
Travelling is a fantastic way to keep yourself active or to inspire you to get active. Think long walks along the beach, bush walks, hiking or push bike riding. Even just walking around exploring a new area or visiting a museum or art gallery can count towards your daily step goal.
PREVENT SOCIAL ISOLATION
Travel is a great way to prevent social isolation. Social isolation is just one of many risk factors for ageing diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Think of all the new people you can meet along the way. Many caravan parks have ‘Happy Hour’ each evening and this is a great place to meet and chat with fellow travellers. Even if you are pulled up in a free camp your are sure to find your next door neighbour up for a chat about their travel adventures.
Even organised tours are a great way to meet and make new friends who share similar interests. Larger parks often have organised activities during peak times. We loved our stay at the Evening Star at Charleville. Every evening they lit a huge camp fire and you could bring your camp oven down and cook your evening meal whilst sitting around the camp fire chatting and having a drink.
This photo of Evening Star Tourist Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor.
SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO
Travelling gives you something to look forward to. Unless you are lucky enough to be able to travel full time knowing that you have a trip coming up soon is exciting. Plus, planning and researching trips is great for stimulating your brain.
A GREAT WAY TO KEEP LEARNING
Travelling is the best way to keep learning. Visiting galleries, museums, historical sites are all fantastic ways to continue to learn no matter how old we are. Australia has a rich history and nearly every place you visit has a story to tell. It doesn’t matter where your interests lay. You can learn more about things that interest you or acquire some new knowledge on a subject that you previously knew nothing about. We have learnt about mining in Lightning Ridge and Cobar, dinosaurs in Richmond and astronomy in Charleville to name just a few.
INCORPORATE A HOBBY
Travelling is a great way to start or incorporate a hobby. Think photography, painting, blogging or maybe even some ‘drone’ flying! I would never have started this blog if we hadn’t decided to buy a camper trailer and travel!
Don’t forget to look after other aspects of your health when travelling though. If you are travelling long distances or you are on an extended trip make sure you have a rest day every now and again where you just relax and enjoy the moment.
Don’t forget to eat well and drink plenty of fresh water if you are out and about and make sure you stay Sun Safe as well.