Dec 12, 2011 11:33 – By: Donna M. Airoldi
Leading a healthier lifestyle is something most people aspire to, with losing weight, quitting smoking, drinking less and exercising more often included on millions of people’s New Year’s resolutions lists. While “travel more” also is a popular desire, should it too be considered good for one’s health?
In the American Travel Behavior Survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of travel discount site Hotwire.com, results found that 81 percent of travelers feel energized and productive after returning from a leisure trip. While this isn’t surprising news—vacations are supposed to be for relaxing and reenergizing—there may be evidence to suggest that leisure travel also is medically beneficial.
“Travel stimulates the brain and promotes the growth of new synapses, heightens creativity and may even resist Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. Matthew Edlund, director of the Center for Circadian Medicine and author of The Power of Rest. “Your brain, like the rest of your body, rebuilds itself constantly, but it needs to be given the regular opportunity to do so. Taking frequent leisure trips at regular intervals continually rests and rejuvenates you, increasing your productivity and sense of satisfaction.”