5 Benefits of Traveling in Retirement

When you ask people what they’d like to do in retirement, they often say they want to travel.  In fact, it is the number one goal for retirees.  After all, they want to make up for all those vacations they didn’t take while they were working.

Or, is it something we think we are “supposed” to say in order to have a successful life after working?  Not everyone likes to travel.

However, whether your dream is to snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Great Wall of China – or just drive across the province to Grandma’s house, there are a lot of benefits to getting out of the comfort zone of your own patio.

People travel for enjoyment or the desire to do something different.  Along to way they broaden their horizons and improve their outlook on life in general.

Did you know that travel is also good for our health, and contributes to a more satisfying retirement?

Here are five ways that travel makes us strong.

1.Travel encourages you to be more active.  Many of the activities you do on vacation involve physical exercise – you hustle through the airport, cart your luggage around, roam around the attractions, swim in the ocean, or hike along mountain trails.

2.  Travel engages your brain.  Anything new and different takes you out of your regular routine.  You choose a location, where to stay, and what different activities you will try by first doing research.  There’s the logistics of deciding how much you can fit in your suitcase, who will water your plants and perhaps learning a few phrases in a different language.

3. Travel offers social benefits.  It can help you deepen your relationship with your spouse, and family and friends when you travel in a group.  In addition, travelers can’t avoid meeting and engaging with new people – often with different backgrounds, cultures, customs and perspectives.

4. Travel improves your confidence.  Navigating through unfamiliar places and dealing with challenging circumstances when things don’t go exactly as planned uses your creativity and problem-solving skills and increases flexibility.  You learn to be self-reliant. Plus, you’ll have some great stories to tell about your adventures – and how you’ll laugh!

5. Travel improves your outlook on life.  It improves your mood and relieves stress and contributes to physical and mental well-being. And that general satisfaction lingers on long after you get home.

The bottom line

The new and different you encounter on the road has significant benefits for you.  So, don’t think of travel as just another discretionary expense.  Consider it an investment in your health and happiness.

You don’t necessarily have to fly to a far-off destination. There’s lots to discover close to home.  Explore an interesting site or venue in a nearby city or natural area.

If your budget is tight travel off season, take advantage of senior discounts, travel with a social club or volunteer to help plan a trip with your church or association.

Whatever you do, have fun!

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2 Responses

  1. Gin says:

    Getting away in winter from Vancouver (grey and wet for weeks at a stretch) to get some sun really improves my well-being. We have tried Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Florida end of November into December off season. It allows us to get back and able to face the rest of winter a bit easier.

    • Marie Engen says:

      Hi Gin. I get out of sorts when the weather is grey and gloomy for an extended period. Getting a few days of warmth and sunshine really perks up my mood and then I can get back into my routine with a better attitude.

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