Travelling the world is good for the heart, doctors say
Not only can travel help broaden the mind, it can also help keep you feeling young and healthy, doctors say.
According to a team of scientists working at the Global Commission on Aging in partnership with the Transamerica Centre for Retirement Studies, jetting off for a trip overseas offers a range of mental and physical health advantages, with older travellers particularly likely to benefit from seeing more of the world.
More specifically, the team’s study found that, after just a day away, nine in ten holidaymakers experience significant drops in their stress levels.
The research also revealed that men who do not take an annual holiday tend to have a 20 per cent higher risk of early death than those that jet off at least once every 12 months, with infrequent travellers also having a 30 per cent greater risk of dying from heart disease.
And it’s not just older men who stand to benefit from a visit to their local travel agent.
The study found that women who holiday every six years or less tend to have a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack than their peers who holiday at least twice a year.
Holidays abroad were also found to be good for mental health, with scientists noting that a trip to somewhere new can offer the same cognitive benefits as a trip to the museum or regular afternoons spent doing crossword puzzles.
News of the alleged health advantages of regular travel comes as growing numbers of over-55s choose to journey abroad, with older holidaymakers not only going further than ever before but also jetting off more frequently, too.
According to the latest Holiday Confidence Index drawn up by First Rate Exchange Services, the over-55s are driving the overseas travel market, with just 44 per cent of this age group planning on restricting themselves to just a single overseas trip in the next 12 months.