17 Ways Traveling Will Make You Healthier

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7. You Sleep Better on Vacation

Sleep, next to sex and food, is one of the three greatest things in the entire universe. Don’t believe me? Try testing how good you feel after a good night’s sleep, and how crappy you feel after an all-nighter. Exactly. Getting a good night’s rest benefits your body in innumerable ways; from helping you feel awake and energized to giving you time to relax and depart from the stresses of life for several hours.

Despite how much we always complain about hotel beds, studies show that we sleep better and wake up more relaxed and well rested while on vacation than during any other time. I guess all that good food, fun activities and awesome sex really tuckers us out.

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8. Vacation Is Pretty Much a Guaranteed Cure From Daily Exhaustion

Feeling exhausted with your daily routine will happen, especially when you work hard 8 hours a day Monday to Friday and have early mornings. But there’s good news! Taking a vacation in sunny and warm regions reduces exhaustion and helps your brain recover from the daily grind.

Similar to how stress brings us down, exhaustion can affect overall happiness, productivity and mood. So ditch the Starbucks and drop a few bucks on a plane to Jamaica! Your brain will feel a lot more energetic and refreshed once you’re home.

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9. You’re More Physically Active When You’re Away

You’re using your body more when on vacation, and not just in the bedroom. Studies show that while traveling, we’re on our feet more, getting more exercise and movement. Exercising is good for your body’s overall physical and mental health. Studies have shown that getting more activity in our lives improves our health exponentially, and people who are active are more likely to live longer. Who needs a treadmill? Just walk the streets of beautiful Montreal or Paris, or perhaps someplace tropical!

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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.