We have all heard that traveling broadens the mind and that we should leave our place of residence as often as possible to visit other places, people, and cultures. However, there are different types of travel and it’s impossible that each of them brings the same benefits. Naturally, a lot depends on your destination, company, and purpose of your trip, but you’d have to search wide and dig deep to find a type of travel more beneficial than adventure travel.
To begin with, you leave your comfort zone to experience something new. Next, it has a positive impact on both your physical and mental well-being. Finally, your soul might be enlightened and you could even give your contribution to saving the planet. Still not convinced? Take a look at the following benefits and see for yourself.
Immune system and general health
The more time we spend protected from any exterior influence, the weaker our immune system will be. Every adventure you take means you’ll probably get (very) dirty, which is good for your immune system. There’s a reason why children who spend more time outside are generally healthier than those living in strictly controlled conditions.
Also, the more time you spend outdoors being active is great for your cardiovascular system and you’ll decrease the chances of becoming overweight or even obese. Finally, some studies suggest that being active and adventurous also has a positive impact on helping people with attention deficit disorder. Still, the greatest benefit of embarking on an adventure is that there’s no age limit. No matter how young or old you are, you can find an adventure that is suitable for you.
Apart from some facts that we’ve learned from various studies related to the size of the hippocampus, which decreases with age, unless you exercise regularly, being active and adventurous also plays an important role in helping you prepare for the unexpected. When you place yourself in a situation where things might not go as planned, you’ll have to think and act quickly, which is a good practice for everyday life.
Moreover, when spending time in an environment very different from the one you live in and when you have to think and behave differently from your routine, you are actually testing yourself in terms of how capable you’d be to really live in such environment. Last but not least, adventures foster reflectiveness and leaves you with many memories that you are likely to cherish for the rest of your life.
Dreams and confidence
They say that going on an adventure is for the most part very simple. You just need to dream, decide on the location, plan and go. Having said that, one thing you might want to include in the mix is the element of preparing to take the plunge. After all, you don’t want your adventure to be ruined by not preparing properly for it. For example, if you decide to include cycling in your trip, you have to make sure that your reliable Shimano equipment is functioning perfectly before embarking on an adventure.
As you turn your dreams into reality, you’ll become more confident and you’ll start challenging yourself further. What seemed unattainable will seem normal and you’ll continue pushing the boundaries. That way, you’ll stay much healthier, both physically and mentally.
Setting an example
If you are a parent, you need to be aware that much of how your children will behave as adults will depend on the example you set when they’re young. So, if you want to be someone who feels uncomfortable outside their home, you can’t expect your children to behave differently. However, the worst part is that you’re actually killing the curiosity and need for adventure that comes with their age. Don’t make the same mistake that so many modern parents are making by signing their kids up for various activities and then getting involved in every single one of them. That’ll turn you into a “helicopter parent” and your child will never wish to explore anything.
Save the world
With the changes in the environment and global warming definitely taking its toll, it takes people who are not afraid to step up and fight the problem. The more adventurous you are, the more likely it is that you’ll get involved. Only strong and directed environmental efforts can help us preserve our planet so that our children could live on it.
The real adventure starts the moment you leave your comfort zone and start exploring. New horizons are opened and you quickly find yourself in a setting very different from the one you’re used to. Being alert and ready to respond to situations you’re not used to will sharpen both your mind and body and you’ll return from such a trip with so many memories that you’ll most likely start planning your next trip immediately.
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