2 weeks in the sun. Just what the doctor ordered.

I was feeling a bit under the weather; no wonder the weather was rainy, cold and grey.

Off to the doctors I trotted.

‘Not much here that daily doses of vitamin D, a stress free environment and lots of fresh air won’t fix’ he said as his put away his stethoscope.

‘So two weeks in the sun then?’ I replied.

Travel broadens the mind. Now science has proven it’s good for the rest of the body too.

A study found, after just 3 days away travellers felt well rested, less anxious, happier and less depressed.

And if you’re feeling less stressed and anxious you’re less likely to suffer a heart attack.

I’m feeling better already.

Travel keeps you fit; more cycling and swimming, walking further to see those sights, hiking up to get a better view.

Just walking on the sand made my leg muscles work twice as hard.

Travelling to new horizons broadens your horizons. You adapt to new situations. You become more globally and culturally aware.

Science boffins call this ‘increasing cognitive flexibility that keeps brain functions sharp’.

They found a connection between travel and an increase in creativity, a deeper sense of cultural awareness and personal growth.

They concluded, ‘those who travel, tend to be more open and emotional stable individuals’.

Sounds just like me.

Being bitten by the travel bug helps travellers deal with other bugs too.

Antibodies are little proteins that protect your immune system from harmful germs.

Travel exposes us to different environments, which create stronger antibodies and boasts the immune system significantly.

So wherever I travel, those 2 weeks away are going to make me a healthier person.

That will not only enhance my life, but could actually increase it.

When I got back I went to tell the doctor how great I felt.

But he was away on holiday.

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