• Christine Centeno, CFPⓇ

The Health Benefits of Travel

It’s January and for many people, that means setting new goals and reviewing the budget. If you are wondering whether or not to include travel as a line item in your budget, read on. Today we’re talking about the health benefits of travel that make it worth every penny.

There’s something magical about unplugging and changing your routine while exploring new cities and experiencing new cultures. Whether its a weekend getaway or a trip overseas, travel has been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on one’s overall physical, mental and emotional health. Travel has been shown to:

Lower Stress

Missing your flight or losing your luggage can be stressful, however, studies show the positive benefits of travel outweigh minor setbacks. Stress relief for travelers is almost immediate. A joint study conducted by The Global Commission on Aging and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies showed after 1-2 days of travel, 89% of respondents experienced decreased stress levels.

After a vacation, travelers report being less anxious and in a better overall mood and mental state. It is interesting to note, the benefits of travel can be lasting. In fact, one study shows the positive effects last up to 45 days after you return.

Improve Health

Being physically active during vacation has a positive impact on overall heart health. The joint study conducted by The Global Commission on Aging and the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies showed that women that travel at least twice per year have a significantly decreased risk of suffering a heart attack when compared to those that travel only once every 6 years. Men who did not take an annual vacation showed a 20% higher risk of death and a 30% higher risk of heart disease.

Improve Mood and Mental Well-being

Travel can leave you feeling mentally refreshed and recharged. A study presented in the Wisconsin Medical Journal showed that women who travel at least twice per year are less likely to experience sleeplessness, tension or suffer from depression.

International travel has been shown to have an even greater impact on the brain. Adam Galinsky, a Columbia professor has conducted several studies showing international travel specifically sparks creativity. The exposure to different languages and immersion into a culture challenges your brain to adapt and in turn improves your cognitive health.

There is no secret medical expenses are increasing. In case you needed a little nudge, here it is. Why not do something to improve your well being and possibly lower future medical expenses? Invest in your overall health and well-being in 2020 by planning a trip, it can be worth every penny.

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Christine Centeno, CFPⓇ, MS is the founder of Simplicity Wealth Management. She has over 12 years of industry experience as a financial advisor and is a member of several professional organizations including NAPFA, FPA, and the XY Planning Network. She also holds her Masters in Financial Planning. In 2019, after years of working for large firms, she founded her own firm. Simplicity Wealth Management provides clarity to the complicated nature of financial planning and investing by delivering comprehensive advice without hidden fees and unnecessary jargon that leaves you in the dark. The goal is to deliver transparent, easy-to-understand guidance to help clients achieve their financial goals and remain informed every step of the way.


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