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Is traveling healthy?

Leaving constipation, parasites and deadly mosquitoes aside, not to mention the stress of planning and packing for a trip, there are multiple ways that travel helps us grow as people.

Referring to mindset and mentality rather than physical health that affect the whole body nonetheless. To travel, whether it be to a neighbouring city, country or across the continent, forces you to have somewhat of an open mind.

To leave your comfort zone is already being open to change. In an interview with Dr. Ole van Hauen-Drucker, a specialist in nutrition, homeopathy, kinesiology, reflexology… you name it, he explains, “when it comes to your health, to open your mind is a healthy thing.”

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Touching on topics such as hormone levels, fatigue, stress, diet, Dr. Hauen-Drucker goes further to explain that travel is one of the most interesting things to affect our mind and bodies. Not only do you experience different culture, food, go through the odd stomach bug, but “you change your mindset and you change a lot of things inside you.” So does travel make you happy? It most certainly can.

We seek travel as a form of release, whether it is a holiday or a short city break. The key is to research everything and plan nothing.

Traveling can help with social skills, urging to communicate and connect with strangers. Leaving your comfort zone can be scary but also uplifting and refreshing. You may learn things about the city and culture you would not have discovered otherwise. It also teaches you a lot about yourself and how you manage situations that you are not accustomed to and find out something new about yourself.

It can even help reduce stress, believe it or not. Despite living in a world driven by workaholics, i.e. ourselves, stress often gets the best of us. We seek travel as a form of release, whether it is a holiday or a short city break. In the midst of intentions, these often get lost with more stress that go into the organisation of the trip. The key is to research everything and plan nothing.

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Perhaps nowadays we travel with more misconceptions of the place we are headed to. With the Internet providing all kinds of information on what to do, see, eat, and the rest of it, we focus on keeping busy during our travel and not so much in being present in the moment. We count on the Internet to educate us on different countries, cultures, and histories… when this is not the ‘real world’ and as Dr. Hauen-Drucker says himself, “the real world you meet when you travel.”

If you open your mind further and let go of prejudices you may realise how leaving your home has affected you – Dr. Hauen-Drucker

Traveling is healthy depending on how you go about it. If you eat and drink everything that comes your way, you will get sick. If you focus on visiting every sightseeing on your bucket list, you may miss the little quirks of the city. If you open your mind further and let go of prejudices you may realise how leaving your home has affected you.

You may be more flexible to last minute changes in schedule, be more aware of your surroundings, and become more patient. You then look at your life back home and figure out that the little things you usually stress about have less importance. Just like in happiness, in travel it is not always about the destination, it is about the journey.

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