Traveling, changing the scenery, discovering new cultures and new landscapes is good for the mind.
It is a statement that seems obvious since we have all traveled and felt its benefits in our own meats, but there are also scientific studies that prove it. Our brain (specifically the brain) and our body become healthier when we travel.
It does not matter if you are going to rent an apartment in Barcelona, tour the coast of California or discover Thailand in the backpacking style. Whether we travel far or near home, alone or accompanied, a short or long period, in summer or winter ... we travel wherever and whenever, we will always get great benefits for our brain.
Studies show that when traveling, we escape the routine, discover new environments, new sensations, live new experiences that enrich us and increase our creativity, memory, confidence, agility to solve problems, and even our happiness and life expectancy.
Effectively, people who travel (it is more visible in older people) enjoy better brain health. The brain is changing throughout our lives according to our learning (neuroplasticity). As we all know, the brain works like this: what you don't use is lost. Therefore, it is important to look for ways to strengthen it and prevent diseases. Just like our muscles develop when we exercise, our brain tissue develops when our brain overcomes challenges, we learn new things.
When we travel we stimulate our brain through various ranges of neuronal sequences. Therefore, traveling not only brings mental benefits in the present (disconnection, relax, discover oneself, open the mind) but also provides important long-term brain benefits, creating greater cognitive reserve and greater resistance to deterioration in ages advanced.
When traveling, or even living a time outside our country, we make a cultural immersion. We meet different people and integrate new cultures and new ways of thinking to our identities, which increases our imagination, creativity, as well as neuronal synapses. Several scientific studies have evaluated the creativity of people who have lived outside their countries with people who have not traveled. The results of the different tests they underwent showed that those people who have traveled and had multicultural experiences had a higher level of creativity than those who did not.
On the other hand, as we have already mentioned, traveling increases our confidence in others and in ourselves. We think that we are in unique places that we may not visit again in a long time, we disassociate ourselves from our routine and we dare to live surprising experiences that we would never have imagined that we would be able to overcome. We lose our fears and our self-esteem grows.
Traveling also increases the agility to solve problems and find solutions. Living together with a different culture brings challenges. These challenges open our minds. On the other hand, traveling we see how other cultures face these or other obstacles with new perspectives for us. We acquire new points of view, new ways of approaching a problem and moving forward. We discovered that a problem may have different solutions.
Finally, and I would say that after all it is the most important benefit: traveling increases our happiness. Traveling we experience a lot of positive sensations, we relax, lower our stress level and increase our sense of well-being. We feel the happiness at the time of the trip planning, when leaving the plane, when resting on the beach with a good book, lying in a freshly made bed, seeing wild animals, jumping in paragliding ... each one chooses the activities that most They make enjoy and find happiness. Further, It allows us to connect with the people who accompany us and know ourselves, which is essential to be happy.
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