When we think of travelling we picture luxurious getaways and adventures in faraway places, and most people wish they could spend more of their lives travelling than their responsibilities allow. But for some people, frequent travelling is their reality, and that reality comes at a price. Just like most good things, travelling too often can lead to negative effects on your health. When done as part of the normal routine, rather than relax and revive us, travel ends up stressing the body and can lead to health problems of its own.
The scientific term for frequent travel is hypermobility, and it can lead to adverse psychological, emotional, and physical effects on the hypermobile. While vacationing and exploring new places is exciting, travelling itself tends to be highly stressful. All of the planning, waiting, being cramped in the method of transportation, and the time it takes frustrates people. The more often you have to do this, the more it will bother you, especially if you see travel as work rather than play.
And those who frequently travel are usually doing so alone, making loneliness and other mental health problems a serious risk. The most common reason people travel so much is due to work, leaving them on long business trips away from their friends and family. The distance causes strain on both the traveler and those waiting for them back at home, and can weaken all forms of relationships. Those travelling may lose touch with their loved ones, or have to deal with their anger at them when they return.
Physically, travelling can cause jet lag, lack of sleep, blood clots, and increased germ and radiation exposure. Disrupted from the normal routine the body needs time to adjust to new time zones and environments, disrupting the sleep cycle as well as all other routine systems the body maintains. This causes problems with sleep and eating habits, since what time the body thinks it is versus what time it actually is no longer coincide. And when experiencing constant change, the body is unable to adapt to each new environment before moving on to the next one, increasing stress and weakening the body’s health. Plus changes in environment means changes in air quality, humidity levels, temperature, elevation, and so forth which alter the germs and oxidative stress the body is exposed to, leading to an increased likelihood of getting sick.
So for how much the average person may want to travel, the reality is that there would be a whole new set of problems frequent travel would actually make them deal with.
By Samantha Dillon, DR Vitamin Solutions