If you knew you'd live to 100, how would you change your life today?

Benefits of Travel

As people age, it’s easy to get caught up in a complacent lifestyle. They tend to enjoy the quiet life that includes watching their television shows and traveling around their houses instead of around the world. What about real travel?

Newsflash: That’s not part of the 100 Year Lifestyle. Life doesn’t stop when you age; that’s when the fun really begins! Traveling has so many benefits that it’s hard to resist.

Why Should You Travel?

There are so many different walks of life. No matter where you grew up, it was likely quite different than someone who grew up on another continent, or even in another state. The world is big, and there are so many people, places, and things that we haven’t seen. Once you see the world, you open up your mind to new experiences that you might not have taken previously.

While some people think it’s only considered traveling if you go somewhere exotic and halfway across the world, that’s not true. Traveling can include taking a drive to a neighboring town in a neighboring state and spending a few nights in a hotel. You don’t have to spend extravagant amounts of money to see the world; the world is right at your fingertips.

What Happens to Your Brain?

Traveling keeps your brain active. When we dedicate our lives to screens, we tend to get lost in the monotonous scrolling of timelines and pictures. When you travel, it gets you off your phone and in the moment instead. The world is big, and if we get comfortable in thinking that our lives are the only ones going on, that’s when the problems start.

Does Travel Improve Your Cognitive Abilities?

When you travel you get exercise. Walking and hiking are two great forms of exercise. Not to mention they break the status quo of simply going to a class at the gym. Traveling gives you the opportunity to exercise your body, mind, and spine all at the same time.

You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to travel. By staying in hostels, eating local cuisine, and taking public transit and walking places, you can save money while still seeing the world. That’s a win-win!

What Are You Going to Do Now?

The 100 Year Lifestyle is all about staying active mentally and physically. When you travel, keep life fun and interesting, and you don’t get caught up in mundane activities. Consider incorporating travel into your life to keep yourself healthy for 100 years. 

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Dr. Eric Plasker

If you knew you’d live to 100, how would you change your life today? This is the question that was inspired by Max, one of Dr. Plasker’s patients, that started The 100 Year Lifestyle movement.

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