17 Ways Traveling Will Make You Healthier

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10. You Also Socialize More

Research has shown that when we travel, we’re more likely to be social, and socializing with other people is good for your mental health. From helping curb depression to generally improving mood and relieving stress, meeting new people has all kinds of benefits for your brain. Not only that, according to studies, patients from the Midwestern Veterans Hospital who were known to be “isolated and withdrawn” were reportedly much more social after taking a vacation, and staff noted the vast improvement to their mental health after getting away for a little while.

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11. And Smile More

Everyone loves to smile! Smiles are nice to look at, pleasant, relaxing, and good for you too. Doctors agree that smiling lowers your heart rate, reduces stress, increases productivity, improves your mood and can even relieve pain through the endorphins released when you grin like a doofus. And what do you do a lot of while you’re chilling out on the beach without a care in the world? Smiling, of course! It’s not hard to see why. A change of scenery, a new place littered with beautiful scenery and people, fantastic food, and little to no stress? Yes, yes, yes!

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12. You Tend to Get More Fresh Air

If you’re going somewhere that’s not buried under a couple of feet of snow, then chances are you’ll probably be outside for at least a little bit. While you’re out and about, especially if you’re traveling somewhere away from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a minute to breathe the air. Seriously. Fresh, open air is good for your digestive system, mental alertness, your lungs and your blood pressure. If you ever needed an excuse to hit the countryside or take a cruise, this is it.

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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.