There are few people who would pass off the opportunity to go on holiday as opposed to go to work. Vacations offer us a chance to relax and restore our overall well-being, but simply taking a hiatus from your demanding work schedule isn’t enough sometimes. Travelling somewhere new can really enable you to immerse yourself in brand new surroundings, fully recharge and even boost your brain power. Here are some of the top reasons that explain why travelling is a smart option for the mind, body and soul:

Boost your immune system

Research shows that exposure to dirt and minor illnesses keeps you and your gut grows stronger. While it is obvious to say that you shouldn’t abandon your basic hygiene on the road, it does mean that having some new bacteria in your life isn’t a bad thing. When your body travels from place to place, it adapts and becomes exposed to new bacteria, adapting and growing stronger as a result.

Lower stress levels

It has been scientifically proven that travel does significantly increase your happiness, decrease your depression and allows you to chill out more than ever. A study found that three days after a holiday travellers felt well-rested and less anxious, resulting in an overall better mood. The study also showed that this feeling of happiness lasted for a few weeks afterwards too!

Decrease your risk of heart disease

People who take themselves outside of their homes and away from the daily grind of life are generally less stressed and anxious. A long running study has found that people who travelled annually were less likely to suffer a heart attack or develop heart disease.

Travel keeps you fit

While some parts of travel leave you stationary, such as flying for hours for example, it also provides you with more opportunities to force yourself to be active. When we travel to new places we want to try new things and want to see all that there is to see and thus are more likely to try an extreme sport of wander around a city more than we would back hoe. Even if you spend your day at the beach, just walking on the sand will force your muscles to work twice as hard!

Travel will let you live longer

Those of us who travel tend to have a longer life expectancy- whether local or global, all forms of travel enhance our lives and can add years onto our lives! Research has proven that travel reduces stress, keeps your body healthy (inside and out) and boosts brain health. This all adds up to an increased chance of living longer and having a lot more fun too!

If you’re looking to get healthier while seeing some of the wonders that Europe has to offer, then be sure to apply for your European Health Insurance Card before you go here: It will ensure you can get fit as well as healthy as your EHIC will ensure you will be entitled to free or significantly reduces cost healthcare while abroad.