How a Sunshine Vacation can improve your health
When many Canadian finally reach retirement age, many catch the travel bug. The retirement years, with a new abundance of free time, can be an exciting time to see the world.
Even if you can’t afford trips around the world (or you really don’t desire to travel abroad), research has shown that traveling (near or not-so-far) is a boon for mental and physical health. Seniors can significantly benefit from the mind-and-body workout that traveling requires. If you’ve reached retirement age, adding some travel to your bucket list should be a definite must.
The Physical Benefits of Travel
We are living longer and longer lives these days. Seniors can benefit from the physical activity that often accompanies travel.
Whether it’s walking around museums, strolling around new cities to see the sights, there are lots of physical challenges that accompany travel. These challenges can help keep seniors healthy and in shape, so long as they don’t push themselves too hard. US News reports that tourists often walk up to 10 miles a day while traveling.
The Mental Benefits of Travel
Travel is also good for the mind.
A 2013 survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies found that 86 percent of the people they talked to said travel improves their general mood and outlook about life.
For older adults, travel can be a way to experience social interaction, create stronger ties to loved ones, and promote healthy relationships. Loneliness and isolation have been linked to depression, poor mood, and even higher blood pressure in older populations.
Things like navigating new cities, exploring museums, having conversations with new people, practicing new languages and seeing new sights can flex the mental muscles, keeping seniors’ brains active and engaged.
Other research has found that travel promotes what the study’s authors call “spiritual benefits” of traveling as you age. These include generating meaning in your life, improving your understanding of others, and improving your relationship with nature.
There’s also the relaxation component. One might think that retirees aren’t short on relaxation time, but their lives are often full of social, professional and familial events.
“With a short list of activities each day, freed up from the complexities of ongoing projects and relationships, the mind can reset, as does the body, with stress relief the main outcome,” Dr. Margaret J. King, director of the Center for Cultural Studies & Analysis, told US News.
Travel creates opportunities for you to meet new people, explore new environments, and engage in activities that are different from your normal routine. All these interactions challenge and stimulate your brain, keeping your mind alert and creating new neural pathways that may help prevent cognitive decline.
Group Travel Provides Another Level of Comfort
For retirees who have waited for their golden years to travel, senior travel groups offer a number of benefits socially as well as financially. Travel creates opportunities for you to meet new people, explore new environments, and engage in activities that are different from your normal routine.
Travel groups for seniors are much more than a way to meet people. They provide opportunities that cater to a wide range of interests from learning tours to adventure travel and volunteering opportunities.
DT Sunshine Vacations combine many of the best features of travel for Seniors. Longer stays, travelers who share the same desires for travel.
For single or widowed seniors, senior travel groups offer opportunities to meet others within their age range who hold similar interests.
Plenty of baby boomers ages 50 and over want to not only travel with a group of people within their age group, but also want their travels to be adventurous. This can include activities that are water-related, such as: kayaking, canoeing, fishing and rafting, or may include taking in the scenery with a hike, riding horseback or some other physical activity. The important thing to consider when traveling with a senior group on an adventure such as this is that you’ll have to be in moderately good physical shape.
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