A prime perk of the Dot Com lifestyle is your ability to go anywhere on your terms.

Traveling where you want, when you want and how you want brings with it more than a sense of controlling your own destiny.

It’s also one of the best things you can do for both your physical and mental health.

In many cases, the exhilaration of it all can also be excellent for the soul.

Sure, there can be stressful and worrying moments. But overall, when you get out on the road and visit new countries, you gain in far more ways.

This isn’t just about international travel, either. Traveling your own country and/or being a tourist in your own town can be just as beneficial.

There are no limits when it comes to traveling, except for your imagination. You can explore places you’ve always wanted to visit or choose exotic adventures. You’ll have so many options, and all will help you in ways you’ve never imagined.

Here are eight reasons traveling is so good for your health, both mentally and physically:

You’re Able to Get Moving

The biggest benefit of traveling is the amount of activity involved. You’ll constantly be on the go, even if you’re taking a cruise. There are sights to see and things to do!

You know just how important constant movement is, right? You know it’s the best way to improve your health.

The more activity you do, the more you get your heart pumping. Remember that the heart is a muscle, and it needs to be worked constantly in order to grow faster. Making it work harder temporarily will build the muscle and keep it working for longer. You’ll also support your arteries, which means you lower the risk of high cholesterol problems and high blood pressure.

Walking around will help you reduce your stress levels, too.

You get the release of the happy hormones, which will mean any worries in your life will go away. You’ll find other ways to deal with the stress, so it won’t cause as many health complications in the future. You’re at a lower risk of having a heart attack or a stroke because of your way of life.

Did you know that studies support the idea of traveling regularly? Those who take more holidays in the space of a year have a healthier life. They’re less likely to suffer many of the health complications in the future because they are far more active.

It really doesn’t matter where you go for this benefit. You could spend your whole time in one country. Where you really want to focus is getting the steps in each day. If you’re going to take a cruise, you’ll get the activity in when you dock and go sightseeing. Of course, you can also add in more exercise by walking around the ship’s deck and other places.

Bottom line: There’s no place where you can’t make the most of being active!

If you take medication, you may find you need less of it on a daily basis. The activity that you get will help you to improve your whole body’s health, as your heart grows stronger. Your normal high blood pressure reduces to the point where you no longer need to take the medication to keep it down. Your doctor will be more than happy to remove a regular prescription from your list!

Of course, there will be times that you need to push your activity levels.

While you’ll have days where you tour a city on a cruise, there are other days where you will be stuck on the ship. Most cruises have somewhere to go where you can exercise. There may be swimming pools on the deck or a fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment. Make an effort to use them between ports of call.

After all, you’re paying for the luxuries of the fitness equipment, so you may as well get your full money’s worth!

Challenge Your Brain to Improve Its Health

The brain is an organ that constantly needs strengthening and challenging.

While it doesn’t necessarily work in the same way as muscles, it can be developed and improved over time. Unfortunately, it can also deteriorate quickly. It’s still one of those parts of the body that researchers don’t quite fully understand.

The great news is that travel has been shown to help improve the brain health. There’s the ability to challenge yourself daily, making you think of alternate options and learn new things. You constantly expand your horizons, meaning that your brain is constantly on the go. In fact, training your brain regularly helps to improve its longevity.

Doctors regularly recommend that people do puzzles daily. They encourage Sudoku and crosswords regularly to make sure your brain constantly has to work. By doing this regularly, you help to support the mental health and reduce the risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s in later life.

While traveling isn’t quite the same as crosswords, it does offer many of the same benefits.

This is especially the case if you visit new places. You take in new cultures, learn all about history and plans for the future. There’s something new to remember, meaning that your brain is getting a of workout, even if it’s not exactly what the doctor ordered.

On top of all this, scientists have found that walking or hiking is excellent for physically growing the brain.

As we get older, our hippocampus gets smaller. We have two hippocampi on either side of our brain, which are responsible for the retention of information. The smaller they get, the less information they’re able to take in. They control the short and long term memory, so you want to keep them as big as possible.

When we get more activity, our hippocampi both grow instead of shrink. It will be much easier to take in all the information that we’re learning throughout our travels. Studies have actually shown that those who walk regularly grow their hippocampi by 2% every single year. Just imagine what it will be like over time!

Wouldn’t you love to prevent memory and cognitive issues in your later years? Your family certainly would!

Here’s another major benefit of traveling to the brain:

Not only do you improve memory and cognitive abilities, but you also boost a number of positive thoughts you’ll generate.

Your entire mental health is supported through getting out and seeing the sights.

And don’t forget the benefit of fresh air. You spend more time outside, getting different scents and just reap the rewards from the extra oxygen in your body. Of course, walking causes your heart to pump more oxygen around your body, especially into the brain.

When you spend all your time at home or at work, you’ll find the stress hormones release. With the fresh air, however, your happy hormones are boosted. They keep the stress hormones to a minimum. You feel less tired, and you can find the positives in your life so much easier.

By doing something fun, you’re increasing the number of happy hormones that are released into your body.

More happy hormones mean that you’ll feel less pain and starve off depression. Incidentally, if you do suffer from depression, you may find that you’ll limit the relapses you have. The exercise becomes addictive, and you’ll want to see more and do more. You don’t give the negative thoughts a chance to cloud your judgment.

At the same time, your body is able to fight off chronic pain issues. You find it easier every day to walk around and do more. Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for people to not move around, but being sedentary can just make that condition worse!

Get Away from the Everyday Stresses in Life

The more you get away, the more you move away from the everyday stresses of life. You get to take your mind and body out of the root causes.

Of course, this works better in the Dot Com lifestyle. If you’re on the road and constantly worrying about money, then you’ll find it harder to escape stress. This is one of the reasons some people will work while on the road. They choose to spend some of their time writing about their traveling adventures, covering topics for a blog, and/or making money through e-commerce entrepreneurship. They then get to gain the benefits of traveling without having to worry about their finances at all.

Stress is a silent killer. It raises your blood pressure, and the whole of your mental health will be affected. Stress hormones cloud your judgment and affect the release of happy hormones.

When you travel, you’re boosting the release of happy hormones to overtake the stress hormones. You find enjoyment in life that you haven’t had before.

You’re also finding ways to unwind. It’s no secret that we all need a work-life balance. Traveling offers this chance. It’s one of the reasons why scientists have found that those who travel regularly improve their overall health. They’re able to achieve that work-life balance and ease their everyday stresses.

It’s easier to get out of the drudge of regular routines. You’re not constantly looking at the clock to work out how much time you have until you have to get the kids from school. There’s no need to worry about what you’ll make for dinner or question if you have all the ingredients in the house. The mad morning rush to get everyone ready for their day is eliminated.

Traveling allows you to take things at your own pace. Sure, you may be stuck to an itinerary if you book some sort of group travel, but you’ll find it’s still lighter than the routine you have at home. It’s something different, new, and exciting to deal with while you’re away.

Even in the Dot Com lifestyle, your home routine can be different from your time on the road. The variances will be a welcome, refreshing change.

You’ll Find It Much Easier to Cope with Stress

Whether you’re worried about someone’s health or just have a high-stress job, trying to deal with everything going on in your life isn’t going your health any good. Getting worked up about everything is causing your heart and other organs to fail. You won’t be happy, and you’ll feel exhausted every single day.

You need to step away and start traveling. Getting away from the everyday stresses isn’t just a way to unwind. You’ll find that traveling helps you cope and deal with stress so much better. In fact, you can find situations that were once a nightmare are those that you breeze through when you return.

Traveling can bring its own stress. You have to make sure you stick to a travel agent itinerary or get through airport chaos. You may have to deal with delays and flight changes. Then there are the stresses of other travelers around you and maybe fitting into a new culture as a tourist. There’s the uncertainty of what you will do the next day or what will happen in your life.

Initially, this might sound like it could make your life worse, but really, it’ll boost your health.

  • You start to realize that there are new ways to deal with a situation.
  • You find that stress is arbitrary and your tolerance for certain situations will grow.

Chaotic situations you might face in your travels may be worse than those that you face in your everyday life, so you start to deal with those situations in a better way.

In those instances, you develop new coping strategies when on the road.

  • You want to be able to enjoy your trip and not look back at how much of a hassle a particular incident was.
  • There’s also the adrenaline rush that you gain from getting through the situations.

This is especially the case if you tackle an adventure holiday. There’s an adrenaline rush when you push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Coping with stress is essential. You’ll find that your overall health will benefit because you don’t get the regular release of stress hormones. You’re not always looking out for the downsides in life and will find it easier to find enjoyment in everything that you do.

Research backs this up. When you start to accept deviations and problems, you start to deal with them much better. The deviations you accept can be completely different in everyday life, but your new mental attitude will benefit work, family life, and more.

Boost Your Creativeness to Boost Your Health

Did you know that more creative people are healthier?

OK, so this isn’t in every single case, but you will help improve your life and health by focusing on a more creative approach. The great news is that traveling will help improve just how creative you are in life.

Let’s look at authors and painters. Before they start on a new project, they’ll usually travel. This could be to an area that they want to write about or just to an area that somehow links to their ideas. Sometimes, they’ll simply go somewhere because they want to experience a new culture and draw inspiration from it.

This is especially the case for writers. When they get out of their own location, they witness far more and build ideas from their experiences. They see how people interact, learn new things, and see new sights. They can create a full story or article idea within a day because of the new sights, sounds, and experiences they gain.

When you travel, you can take advantage of this in life. You pull yourself out of your comfort zone. You force yourself into situations that you wouldn’t usually experience; situations that you don’t necessarily have control over.

Remember the deviations and stressful situations that we’ve already mentioned? Well, there are times you’ll have to think ahead. You’ll need to focus on how you can get out of the situation that you’re in, and that leads to some creative thinking. This type of thinking is then remembered for your everyday life, linking into building tolerance for and finding new ways to handle stressful situations.

There’s then the experience of the new cultures. You see how other people handle life and stress. You see what they do to get through their day, even the types of situations in which they’ll find themselves. There’s the appreciation of a new culture, which gives you a new method of handling your own problems.

It’s not just the traveling aspect that will help boost creativity. The planning stages can assist, too. In that process, you look for new places you want to go and things you want to see.

You look at the adventures you want to try and the items on your bucket list you want to do. This is a chance to dream, enabling you to think about what you’d do when you’re in a new country.

No matter what it is, when you’re there, you can follow your dreams, or you can find something else you’ll want to do. You open yourself up to far more situations that will fuel future desires and dreams.

How does all this help your health?

  • You constantly push your mental state and yourself out of your comfort zone.
  • You create new situations and build new connections, improving your mental health incredibly.
  • You’re at a much lower risk of developing depression, and you can control your anxiety issues immediately.

The new creativeness will also boost your confidence. You know you can deal with anything life throws at you, so you’re willing to take on more risks. This can also help your overall life, rather than just your health.

Boost Mood and Thoughts Through Social Connections

Isolation is one of the worst things in life. While you think you may like the quiet, it can be draining on you emotionally. Humans aren’t isolated creatures. We crave the social interaction of others. Maybe not every day, but we do benefit from some social interaction regularly—and definitely not just with kids!

When we don’t get that social interaction, we tend to feel alone in the world. We can have friends everywhere, but they’re no good if they don’t talk to us. Isolation can lead to depression and dark thoughts.

Traveling helps to cure this problem. You’re forced into situations where you need to talk to others. This is something that happens even if you decide to travel alone and backpack around a country or a continent. You spend time in locations like youth hostels and on cruises, where some of the only entertainment is with the strangers that you meet.

Sure, there’s a danger in some of this, so it’s important to have your wits about you. Therefore, traveling with someone else is often a better idea.

When you do travel with someone else, you both find yourself having nothing to do but talk to each other. The connection that you have will be deeper, as you discover more about each other and build on the experiences together. You’ll share ways to deal with the deviation from various plans and delays that you may have in traveling.

You start to pick each other up when you’re down. You’ll notice the early signs that there is a problem, meaning you can nip it in the bud quickly.

Connecting with strangers is much easier as you look for guidance in a new area. You want to know the best places to go and need help with various situations. There’s the ability to see how different cultures celebrate holidays and handle various stressful events that occur.

Some of these connections you build will be connections for life. You may find that the people come back into your life in the future, allowing you the chance to build the connections deeper.

There’s also the ability to push your beliefs and understandings. What you once thought was dark and twisted may become a new normal. What you once accepted by the people around you is now a view or belief that’s frowned upon, and you can see both sides to an argument.

The more connections you make, the more confidence you gain. You start to push yourself more and force yourself to make even more connections. When you return home, you’re more likely to do the same thing with people you’ve lost. As you find what you need to improve your mental health, you make sure you get it daily.

You never know where those social connections could lead. Plenty of people have fallen in love while traveling, which has helped support their love for traveling since they meet like-minded people.

Find It Easier to Boost Weight Loss Efforts

If you’ve ever wanted to lose weight, you’ll also want to look into traveling more. Sure, you must eat out more, and you don’t always get to control the number of calories you eat, but you’ll find it much easier to create a calorie deficit.

Let’s focus on the activity element that was our first main benefit of traveling. When you’re more active, you instantly burn more calories. You make it easier to get rid of the excess calories that you eat on a daily basis. This doesn’t matter if you take a cruise holiday or you backpack around the Amazon! You can take one of the calmest of vacations, and you’ll still find it easier to lose weight.

There’s no need to do anything majorly special, either, when it comes to activity. You’ll find you want to make the most of your time in a new country or around a new culture, so you’ll push yourself more to visit all the sights. You spend all your day out of the house and get home realizing that you’ve walked 15,000 to 20,000 steps, at least!

Then there’s the issue of food.

All that walking won’t necessarily work off the number of calories you consume, right? Well, this depends on the type of food that you select. Enjoying that one authentic Belgian waffle or trying out the deep-fried delicacies of the South aren’t going to make you pile on the pounds suddenly. It’s about all the food you eat while away and not just one particular meal.

In fact, trying out the local foods is something that you want to do. This is the way to experience the new cultures and immerse yourself in your travels.

Clearly, you must still follow a healthy and balanced diet. While you can’t completely control everything you eat, there’s still room for self-discipline. You can choose the better restaurants to get all your food groups and even buy fresh fruit and veggies from local market stalls to make sure you get your five a day. You’ll soon notice you have far more control than you thought you did.

This can also depend on where you go. If you travel around Asia, you’ll find that sticking to a calorie deficit diet is much easier than before. This is especially the case of Japan and parts of China, where there is a major focus on a healthier and more fulfilling diet.

You’ll also find that the more activity you do, the less you want or crave empty calories. You can try out local delicacies now and then but will find it easier to opt for the healthier choices on the menus.

And then there the water. This is something you need to work on actively.

We tend to drink less, especially when traveling. We find it harder to stop for a drink and don’t always buy the right options. After all, there are so many new cocktails to try!

It’s important to make sure you carry a bottle of water around with you at all times. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, have that bottle of water. And then, keep topping it up! If you’re in an area where the tap water isn’t great, make sure you set a budget that allows you to buy bottles of water regularly to keep your intake up.

When you lose more weight, you instantly boost your health.

  • Your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to do everyday things.
  • Your blood pressure and cholesterol levels will drop.
  • You’ll find it’s easier to breathe, and
  • Your chronic pain starts to disappear.

You love the idea of doing more of something you enjoy, and once you get into it, you’ll love to travel more.

Of course, weight loss also leads to more confidence. You know you aren’t ashamed of or afraid of what people think of your weight. This instantly helps boost your mental health, as you’re less likely to allow depression or anxiety to seep through.

Try Alternative Lifestyles and Health Remedies

When you visit new cultures, you get to experience how other people live. This isn’t just about developing new social thoughts or beliefs, but also about witnessing health remedies and different types of lifestyles.

It’s possible to get away from the touristy areas and focus on how the locals live. This is a chance to experience what it would be like if you moved there. It’d definitely be something to do before you ever think of moving elsewhere.

Another advantage of traveling is the freedom. You don’t have to stay where your friends once did. There’s no need to go to the tourist hot-spots that the travel guides recommend. You can look at doing a month or two in an area you want to explore in vivid detail.

It’s possible to shed the familiarity of people like you and focus on building diverse social connections. This is the chance to immerse yourself in a new culture.

There’s certainly the benefit of alternate health remedies. This is the chance to see how herbal remedies really help to cure ailments and soothe problems. You’ll get to try the remedies from the original place they were created, by practitioners who know what they’re doing. You’re not worried about health shops at home adding other chemicals to them or selling them at overrated prices.

If you decide that they do work, you can take some back with you. You also get to find out about the real ingredients so you can make them at home.

This could be your ability to step away from the pharmaceutical medications. There are so many that certain help ailments but can cause other health problems. Just look at the list of side effects that are common in some of the everyday medications.

Some of them can also affect the balance of your hormones, which is a problem you can avoid completely when you opt for natural remedies. They’ve worked for others for centuries, so why not for you right now?

You also help support your mental health. You know that you have a natural and healthy way to support your body. You feel more in control, especially financially, when the pharmaceutical remedies can be so expensive.

Where Will You Travel First?

Traveling truly is one of the best things you can do for your health, both physically and mentally. Its effects will even carry over to those times when you’re not away.

The eight reasons to travel more we’ve covered here provide a snapshot of ways you’ll benefit.

Just think about the social connections you can make and the way you’ll feel. You get to escape the isolation of your work-from-home element. This is your chance to step out of the rat race and take on cultures that you’ve only ever heard of.

There are steps you’ll need to take to look after your health. One thing you don’t want to do is give up your current medications for the herbal remedies before making sure they work and improve your health for the better. It’s also important to watch out for bacteria in the water or any problems with cooking certain types of foods to keep your overall health safe.

When you do decide to travel, make sure you’re getting plenty of activity. While cruises give you the chance to sit back and relax, you’ll want to take advantage of the swimming pools and fitness suites onboard. There are going to be days where you don’t see dry land, but you still want to walk around and do some sort of exercise.

But then, the relaxation is also important. You want to unwind from the everyday stresses of your life. You need to spend time seeing how others deal with stress and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Build a tolerance and find a new way of handling stress every day.

Traveling really is one of the best things you can do. All you need to decide now is where you will go first.

And then, like successful entrepreneurs do, take action!

Karen Read is the managing editor of Positive Health Wellness.

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