Monday, February 28, 2022

Travel for better health

Despite variants of the corona virus still hanging around, 2022 is shaping up to be the year families again schedule vacations. Call it “virus fatigue” or just a greater feeling of safety because of vaccines and/or exposure, Americans are becoming travelers in increasing numbers.

Alaska is a favorite destination for next summer.

If you are planning a getaway, consider destinations that offer outdoor activities and fewer crowds. Not only will that help you travel in a safe manner, but being active is beneficial for mind and spirit as well as body.

Here are some health benefits of an active vacation:

Make memories with friends or family.

Social—If you travel with your family or a small group of vetted friends, you’ll likely have closer personal interactions when in a new setting. It’s a great way to make memories that your close group will talk about and share long after you return home.

Stretch yourself by learning
about new cultures.

—Having new experiences, learning about new places and cultures, and seeing new sights will benefit mental well-being. That’s because active travel challenges and rejuvenates your mind as well as your body.

Staying active is great for your
physical well-being.
Body—Active travel can lower health risks if you have medical challenges such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and more. Choose your own pace for hiking, biking, or sightseeing with flexibility to stop and enjoy the scenery or a great meal along the way. Achieving serenity and relaxation are major ways to improve overall health.

Spirit—Beyond the excitement of new discoveries, travel offers enrichment and can transform your perspective of life. This is especially important as many of us have struggled with fallout from corona virus during the past couple of years. Let travel replace fear and uncertainty with exhilaration and refreshed sensibilities. Leave the stresses or normal life as you enjoy fulfilling experiences during an active vacation.

Many beautiful places can be inspirational.

For many people, time away is a necessity, not a luxury. Consider traveling in spring or fall, if possible, as fewer people will be accessing popular outdoor places like national parks. Even if your destination is close to home, plan specific adventures that provide health benefits for mind, body, and spirit.

Photos from free sources and by Beverly Burmeier

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