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The Benefits of Travel
n Samantha Brown

ENTERTAINMENT, RECREATION & MORE

Many of us spend time doing things we would
rather not in the name of health, like attempting Pilates
or eating kale. Travel has been shown to have health
benefits, too (at the very least, vacation time gets us
away from the stress of work) and yet some find the very
thought of taking a trip as overwhelming as committing
to three days a week at the gym.
Considering the positive effects of travel, I consider it
a necessity. There is the possibility of creating stronger
bonds with family members when you share adventures.
You might develop a better love life after a romantic
getaway with a partner. And there have been studies
showing that both men and women who take vacations
have a lower incidence of heart disease. Wouldn't you
rather spend your money on a resort experience than
big co-pays to your health insurer?
Memory lane and new explorations
How the baby boom generation views travel is
different from the way the previous generation did
and companies that think they are catering to this
stunningly diverse group by offering the passivity of
buffets, bus tours and bingo do so at their own peril.
BOOMERS want different kinds of experiences from
nostalgia to discovery. Here's my advice on what to
think about when planning your next trip.
n Revisit the vacations of your childhood. This
is best done with your grandchildren in tow. Your
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stories are historic heirlooms that
need to be passed down and your
memories of a long ago life, lived in
a very different city or country are
extremely valuable to your family's
identity.
n Be somebody different for a
few days. Our own character needs
Samantha Brown,
to be refreshed or challenged and
author / travel expert travel gives us the opportunity to
do so. Enjoy Nashville's honky-tonk
scene. Feel the call of the wild dog sledding camp in Ely,
Minn. Rent a convertible and drive open-top along the
Pacific Coast Highway. I am a big proponent of planning
an escape from the person you are every day.
Reinventing the known
Discover that the old is new again. When you visit a
city, make time to wander through its "new" rejuvenated
district. Every city has one and they're not just for young
hipsters. In fact, you're likely to see a nod to your past
with updated diners, record shops and vintage stores
selling those go-go boots you wished you had kept.
So go ahead and get out there: feel the wind in your
hair, create an unbreakable bond with your family, and
never stop challenging who you are.
"Reprinted from an article by AARP Travel
Ambassador Samantha Brown, April 13, 2013, AARP.
org. Copyright 2013 AARP All rights reserved."

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