by Catherine Burdine (Oct. 2013)
Forget all the headlines about Mexico being dangerous!
Traveling to Mexico should actually be considered a healthy activity since there are so many aspects to travel that engage your mind, body and soul. The next time you think about buying a new dishwasher over booking a vacation to Akumal, consider this:
Change from the Norm Is Good for You
We all know how it is to be stuck in a rut! Travel offers an escape from the routine and a break-up of the monotony. You'll do things you don't normally do while you travel, whether it's experience new places, try new food or even meet new people. Having to navigate your way through a foreign country challenges your brain as you try to find the best cenote, learn to scuba dive or try to catch the biggest fish!
Even if your trip doesn't include heart-pumping activities like sea kayaking or kite-boarding, the distance you walk on a day-to-day basis is sure to be greater than normal. Whether you are exploring the halls of a museum or climbing the stairs of a Maya ruin, you're guaranteed to get an extra dose of walking …. and all that walking helps burn off all the new, yummy food you get to try!
You Get Out
On any vacation you are more likely to be outside longer than usual. Walking on miles of white sand or swimming offers plenty of health benefits, not to mention all the D vitamins you'll soak up from the sun, as long you protect yourself accordingly.
Chronic stress does a number on your health. It can cause a number of different diseases and have a negative impact on your immune system. It's pretty difficult to be stressed while you are watching a sunset over a beautiful bay.
The stress you may take on by trying to navigate your way through an airport or figure out the exchange rate is a different type of stress. Depressors that force you to think outside the box are actually good for you, while stress from worrying about getting the stain out of your rug is a negative stress.
The positive effects of traveling through Mexico will last for months after, and just as they start to fade, it will be time to start planning your next vacation. Travel can broaden your world and help you to think differently about things, so treat yourself to the trip of your dreams! What are you waiting for?
Make sure you purchase some travel medical insurance for your next vacation, just in case the sea kayaking doesn't go according to plan!