Travel tips

Published on February 2nd, 2014 | by Oliver Pelling


7 ways travelling can (kind of) save your life

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There is no finer visual representation of being alive than a guy doing a backflip on a beach during sunset. 

We all know the ease of travel is one of modern life’s great gifts. In fact, we’re so spoilt with the speed at which we can get to the other side of the world that a 24-hour journey that covers 17,000 km is considered ‘long haul’. Think about that. One day to get to the other side of the world, and you can do the entire thing whilst watching Anchorman 2 or listening to the new Beyonce album. Imagine telling that to our close ancestors, who’d have to travel for months to get anywhere new. They’d be all like, “Who is Beyonce?”. And we’d be like, “A singer”. Then they’d be like, “Damn.”

Anyway, we’re not here to discuss how quickly we can circumnavigate the world. After extensive research (see: finding a PDF from the U.S. Travel Association with all of this information on it), we have compiled a list of apparent effects that travelling can have on your health. At least according to the U.S. Travel Association.

1. No more heart attacks!*

One annual dose of travel/holiday can cut the risk of heart attack by 50 percent. Using simple mathematics, we have deduced that if you double that prescription and go travelling twice a year, you will be completely immune to heart attacks. This is not a guarantee, but mathematics is rarely wrong.**

2. Lower blood pressure

It only takes one or two days of holiday time to decrease blood pressure, stress hormones and heart rate. This is definitely worth keeping in mind, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure, stress hormones and heart rate. You better be paying attention.

3. Halves chance of coronary death

Housewives or househusbands who only go travelling once every six years (or less) have about twice as much chance of suffering from coronary death than those who go travelling twice or more in any given year. You do not want to suffer from coronary death. It’s one of the worst kinds of death. We have no statistics to back this up. But this information came from the U.S Travel Association, so we reckon it’s kosher. We’re also not entirely sure why this point is exclusive to housewives or househusbands. But we know better than to argue with the U.S. Travel Association.

4. Immortality?

Are you a middle-aged man who also happens to be at high risk from coronary heart disease? If so, you should start taking “frequent” annual trips. By doing this, you are  apparently 21 percent less likely to die of any cause (we are not sure if the U.S. Travel Association mean you will become 21 percent immortal or not) and 32 percent less likely to die of coronary heart disease.

5. Taking time out is good for you

The U.S. Travel Association state that free time for one’s self, warmer and sunnier locations, exercise, sleep, and making new friends helps recuperation and less exhaustion. We don’t think this one is all that groundbreaking.

6. Fresh outlook

Travelling introduces you to a whole world of new stimuli. These new discoveries can blow your mental associations wide open once you return home, which means you can see things you perhaps couldn’t see before and see the things you could already see, differently. Pretty deep, innit.

7. Human conservation

If you are being hunted by an elite international hitman, going travelling will make it exponentially harder for them to find you. This means your health is benefitting every single day, because you are not dead. We recommend hiding out in yurts in Central Asia, not staying in a place for more than one day, growing a moustache (whether you’re male or female), putting on a thick French accent and changing your name to Dirk Von Trap. Have you ever heard of a Frenchman with a mustache who’s name was Dirk Von Trap that was killed by an elite international hitman? No, you haven’t. That’s not a coincidence.

*Not guaranteed

**Mathematics is almost certainly wrong in this instance.

Hey, Romeo. Like this? Make sure you check out how travelling can (kind of) save your love life, too.

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I once drove a tuk-tuk 1200km around Sri Lanka. I enjoy food of the Mexican and Japanese persuasion (and Korean. And most others). I'm from England but I live in Melbourne, where it feels like I'm on holiday all the time. And I'm Geckos digital editor, but don't come to me if you have any complaints about things you see on Tales. Unless the complaints are accompanied by tacos, in which case we can probably strike a deal

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