You don’t need an expert to tell you why — you already feel it in your bones: Travel is good for you!
However, experts do agree with what you know in your heart to be true. Here’s what they and common sense have got to say about how and why traveling makes for a great life:
New Environments Sharpen the Mind
Doctors say that travel is good for your brain health. No wonder you’re so smart! Being in new environments sharpens a person’s powers of observation and focus, and actually promotes brain health and makes your mind more resilient. Encountering new people, places, and things, naturally makes you a brighter person who knows more things. Besides being great for your brain health, this should also provide a cache of great stories that can make you a hit at any party for the rest of your life!
The Body Also Benefits
Travel has been linked in some studies to a lower risk of heart disease and a lower risk of depression. According to the U.S. Travel Association, people who are active and travel often throughout their lives also experience a healthier physical aging process than those who don’t. The USTA adds that travel has wonderful benefits for people physically, mentally, and socially.
Priceless Memories Bring Happiness for Years to Come
The memories of your adventures in Travel Nursing will last a lifetime! And, researchers found, in a study published in the journal “Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin,” that reminiscing on happy memories improves a person’s overall outlook on life and sense of well-being. Just imagine yourself in a rocking chair on the porch at 80 years of age, smiling from the memories and friends you made exploring the country as a Traveler — and feeling all optimistic about your future at the same time.
Burn-out is Less Likely
When you’re in a new environment, experts say, you are far less likely to experience burn-out. That’s great news, especially for nurses, whose extremely demanding work in often understaffed units can really wear on them. As a Travel Nurse, you get to avoid the hospital politics that can, in part, lead to nurse burnout. Even though you’ll still work extremely hard as a nurse, doing so in periodically new environments will keep things fresh and help keep the job from wearing you down and burning you out.
Good Old-Fashioned Fun
Again, all the doctors and experts can have all the studies and stats in the world, but the real proof is in the pudding. It’s in that feeling you get when you get to explore a new city for three months. The joy of turning your day off into an epic day-trip. The wonder of experiencing new sub-cultures and seeing new sights. The warm feeling of making new friends who may become lifelong pals. Travel is like that rare, delicious food that’s also super healthy for you — “tastes great and good for you,” so to speak!
As a Travel Nurse, you get to grow both personally and professionally through travel in addition to the many physical and mental benefits. And, with an average of at least 13 weeks to spend in the places you visit, you get a better feel for places. You’re able to really immerse yourself in a city, taking in the big highlights as common vacationers would, but also having time to explore the more off the beaten path local experiences that can make a city or area so great.
Travel on, Travel Nurses!