Exercise and diet are often thought to be the best way to a long and healthy retirement, and they certainly play an important role. But why not add travelling to the list of things to do to be healthy in retirement. Of course, we all travel for enjoyment and adventure, but along the way there are opportunities to widen our views, release the day to day pressures and generally expand our outlook in life. There is no doubt that travelling at any age can improve our health and therefore can contribute to an extended life and more enjoyable retirement.
Here are three ways that travel improves life, especially for retirees and are great tips for travelling with high blood pressure.
- Travelling provides the desire to be more active. As you go through the hustle and bustle of the airport, heave your luggage through the hotels, do lots of walking around the city roads, amble through the many museums, perhaps take a swim in the sea or pool and possibly try hiking through mountain treks. Doing many of these activities means you will be raising your heart rate and perhaps breaking sweat, all of which will help lower the risk of future heart disease and can also help reduce symptoms of existing conditions.
- Travelling can provide many social benefits. If you travel with family and friends no doubt these relationships will strengthen and deepen, but you also have the chance to meet new people and cultures. Travelling in groups either with existing friends and family or brought together by such sites as Road scholar, improve mental health and keep your mental faculties sharp. Travelling abroad nearly always introduces you to new people and cultures and it has been proven by research that having such social activities, especially during the later years in retirement, provides excellent benefits for our emotional well being.
- You will find cognitive benefits as well. You can venture into different types of holidays than the traditional sitting by the pool ones, perhaps you could try an educational trip, or try attending cultural excursions in places like Chautauqua Institution. Whatever trip you plan, you will meet all kinds of new people, cultures, foods and venturing into new areas all of which provide excellent stimulation for our brain activity, which likewise improves our cognitive function. One study found that travelling regularly has a direct link with lowering the danger of dementia in later life.
One thing is certain, when sorting out your retirement budget make sure you factor in travelling. If you find that your budget is limited, do not abandon travel, but rather look for inventive ways to cut the cost of holidays without infringing on the enjoyment.
Consider that you do not need to travel to popular destinations to get the benefits listed here. Many retirees have reported that some of the best destinations are not to far flung places, but rather to destinations where family and friends are, which substantially cut costs on accommodation and eating out.
So, in conclusion, do not think of travel as an option depending on budget, but rather as an investment for your improved mental health as you get older.