Traveling in retirement: A healthy idea

One of the biggest complaints heard among seniors is that they seem to have too much time and not much to do. Others may seem content with playing a game of chess or a round of poker. However, this may be bad for the health, as such activities lead to a sedentary lifestyle. The doctors prescribe travelling as a means to make the twilight years healthy for the soul, as it is for the body.

Couple on a Tour

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To begin with, travelling is a good way to exercise. Of course exercise can be done in a number of ways, such as cleaning the house or joining a fitness group. But many seniors tend to get bored and feel the strain of such activities. Travelling to different places distracts the individual from the element of fatigue, because they are preoccupied with seeing new surroundings.

Taking off from this previous point, there is a special excitement brought about by exploration. Anybody, regardless of age, is always enthusiastic about going to a place that has yet to be discovered. Senior life is always a good chance to see the world and the other beautiful things in it, things which have been rather easy to overlook in one’s younger years.


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Going to new places also comes with a set of new experiences. Many people have found out that there are so many things they haven’t done yet, and travelling is the perfect opportunity to realize them. This could mean as simple as a short walk on the beach, but on an exotic island like the ones found in the tropics. It can be riding a helicopter or a cable car for the first time.

There are better things to do than just sit around in retirement. The world awaits.

Tracy Luttrell here. My idea of living life to the fullest is travelling to places I want to explore. If you see me, I’m usually with my cousin and best friend Maybelle. Connect with me on Twitter.

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