17 Ways Traveling Will Make You Healthier

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16. It Helps With Alzheimer’s

As the mind starts to deteriorate with age, the reality of Alzheimer’s strikes fear into the hearts of most elderly. Worry not though, because according to the president and founder of the Brain Health Center, Dr. Paul Nussbaum, “travel is an important behavior that promotes brain health and builds brain resilience across the lifespan.” Participating in common travel activities such as visiting museums can reduce your risk.

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17. And Finally, You’re a Lot Happier If You Vacation

Being happy is universally the most powerful natural way to remain mentally healthy. And the reality is, a lot of people aren’t satisfied with the usual grind. Traveling ranks among one of the top dreams that Americans share because of one simple reason; it makes people happy. They get away, have a good time, and they are better for it.

Think about it. The entire time leading up to the vacation you’re excited to go. When you’re there, you have a blast. And that happy feeling stays with you even when you go home. According to studies, the majority of people who’ve had a chance to travel get more enjoyment and satisfaction out of their lives. So go ahead. Go for it, it’s good for you.

Whether you’re young, old or any age in between, flying solo, rocking out with your friends or going somewhere romantic with your spouse, whether you want to backpack through Europe, party in Vegas, partake in other cultures or enjoy the ocean in the Bahamas, just do it. Your body and mind will thank you for 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.