Attention Gap Yah Types: Travelling Is Good For You
I've never really fancied travelling. I mean, it sounds awesome and everyone on my Facebook newsfeed who's riding an elephant in Thailand or 'really finding themselves' in Sydney looks happy. I get it.
But I'd rather go get drunk in my local, smoke a full pack of Richmond Menthol and talk shit to my mates than share a room with 11 other sweaty travellers while counting my pennies and carrying my life in a backpack. It just doesn't sound appealing to me.
However, it turns out I'm full of shit. I should suck it up and jump on a plane to Peru or whatever because a recent UK study suggests that travelling could improve your health.
Expedia surveyed 31 million travelers who had gone on holiday in the last year. 81 percent of those surveyed said they felt better as a direct result of their trip.
Well, duh. That's what holidays are for, right? Hang on, there's more.
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The study also suggests that taking a vacation can help you lose weight, gain confidence, feel younger and even have more sex. In fact, one million people actually said that a holiday improved their sex drive.
Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, who helped Expedia with the study, said: "You're free to do as much or as little as you like [on holiday], which in turn makes you feel more relaxed. This can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol.
"As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases - bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life.
"Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain's release of the hormone serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused."
Time to book a holiday, lads.