17 Ways Traveling Will Make You Healthier

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4. Travelers Have More Sex

Sex is good for the body. It’s good for the mind. It relieves stress and it burns calories. Hell, sex is just fantastic. And for all the good it does for the body, people should have a lot more of it. Well, studies show that one third of all travelers are getting it on way more while on vacation.

It doesn’t take a multi-million dollar research project to figure out why; beautiful scenery, plenty of fun and excitement, a relaxing, positive atmosphere, a lot of romantic activities and parties to partake in, and at the end of the night, a big soft hotel bed that’s just begging for some extra company. And besides, when you don’t have to worry about bills, work, that coworker you can’t stand, cooking, cleaning and all the other things that clog up your mind every day, there’s not much stopping you from having a roll in the hay.

Gentlemen, you thought 50 Shades of Grey got your girlfriend excited? Just wait until you take her to Paris or the Bahamas. You’re welcome.

I’ll take one bedroom for two, please and thank you.

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5. The Change of Scenery Helps Fight Depression

Clinical depression is one of the most devastating things the average person can suffer from. It’s crippling, and takes away all your motivation and strength. It goes beyond just feeling sad. And the cycle of your day to day life often just aggravates the symptoms.

Luckily, getting out of the house and traveling has been known to help fight depression. Doctors have noticed that many people suffering from depression become mentally healthier when traveling. Getting out of the house and introducing positive experiences improves symptoms, and the joys of traveling often leave people feeling empowered and more relaxed. And with so much to do and see, people with depression are less likely to fall into a rut or dwell on negative thoughts.

Travel isn’t the miracle cure-all however, and depression sufferers should avoid travel during extended episodes of despair, and make sure they bring any anti-depressant medication they’ve been prescribed.

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6. Having Fun in the Sun Can Boost Your Immune System

When we travel, we’re much more likely to be outside more, especially when we’re hitting up those tropical paradises during the cold months. From swimming and sunbathing to just walking through the busy streets of Paris, most of us are under the sun more than usual on vacation. And what’s outside that’s good for our health? Yeah, that big globe of fire that sits roughly 150,000,000 kilometers away.

Exposure to the sunshine increases our levels of vitamin D. And what does vitamin D do? It makes our immune system stronger, helps maintain our bones and teeth, and can even fight things like skin cancer and diabetes. But that’s not all.

You know how a lot of people get sick while on vacation? Traveling also exposes us to all kinds of bacteria and diseases, which is actually a good thing. Research has proven that exposure helps teach our immune system how to fight diseases. (Which, incidentally, is the philosophy behind vaccination as well, so don’t forget to get your shots before you hit the road.)



Why You Should Travel While You’re Still Young

If you’re worried about embarking on a travel adventure and wondering whether it’ll negatively affect your life, the simple answer is “no, it won’t.” In fact, when you stop to take a closer look at it, the benefits considerably outweigh the risks. While in the past it may have looked like a frivolous undertaking, nowadays it’s considered a character-defining experience. If you have the chance to travel now, take it without thinking as your future-self will be forever grateful for the lessons, friends, and memories you will make.

Most Intense Long-Distance Marathons (Not for the Faint of Heart)

For those among us who love a challenge, these long-distance marathons and outdoor challenges are activities that can only be attempted after years of training, with the right gear, and only by those who are mentally ready to undergo such a feat. Here are some of the most intense and challenging marathons in the world.

Cultured Palate: Dishes from South Africa

South Africa’s incredible biodiversity and rich cultural heritage has given it a unique cuisine unlike any other place on Earth. There are visible influences from the Dutch, German, French, and Cape Malay colonizers, as well as indigenous dishes that have been passed down for generations. If you’re spending your next holiday in South Africa, here are some amazing dishes you must try.