It would be hard to argue with the fact that traveling is one of the most amazing things you can do. You get to meet new people, see new things, make memories, and completely challenge your outlook on life. It’s also great for your overall health and wellbeing. You don’t have to go to a wellness center to reap the benefits of travel (although it helps). Here are just 5 reasons that traveling is great for your wellbeing.

A physical work out

A new destination gives you a whole new host of ways to work out! For example, The Secret Traveller, by 1Cover recommends diving as an amazing thing to try as it’s not only physical, but you will also be awestruck by what you see. On top of this, you’ll learn transferable skills like focus, trust, and communication. If you prefer to stay on dry land, you might want to try caving as a new way to get your heart pumping and explore the local area. Even just walking around markets for a little bit of retail therapy is a fantastic way of keeping your body fit while enjoying yourself.

A brain work out

Traveling isn’t always easy, and will sometimes require some hardcore planning and critical thinking. Challenging your brain to do things such as read maps, learn a new language or problem solve will help keep it healthy and strong, which can reduce the risk of things such as dementia or Alzheimer’s later in your life.

A break from the stress of your everyday life

Traveling is fantastic for your mental health for a number of reasons. Sometimes, just removing yourself from stressful situations, even temporarily, can have an amazing impact on the way you handle stress in itself – even when get are back from traveling. Doing something different from your usual daily life is exciting, fun, and can really boost your mood. If you’ve been feeling a little stuck in a rut, this change will reinvigorate you and help to build up some mental resilience.

Social connections

One of the best things about travel is meeting new people and making friends. These social connections are great for your overall wellbeing and can teach you so much about yourself and the world around you. Whether you make a new best friend in a hostel, or you just spend some time trying out your rusty Spanish on the lady in the cafe, these human interactions are good for the soul and make amazing stories when you are back home.

A new boost

There is something about the freedom offered by traveling that will give your whole being a boost. Perhaps it’s the lack of an alarm clock waking you up in the morning or a break from the routine of a 9-5, but you will find yourself feeling at once more relaxed and also more energized. The sunshine will give you a much-needed Vitamin D boost and learning new skills, or experiencing new things will give you more confidence and overall satisfaction. As you can see, you need to be traveling – it’s for the good of your health and wellbeing. It doesn’t matter where you go, or for how long, but try to incorporate some travel into your life. So where to next? Let us know in the comments.