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HELPS YOU LEARN
Family travel is a valuable part of a child's education.
'It contributes to cognitive growth and stimulates a
child's sense of wonderment,' says Dr William Norman,
associate professor in Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Management at Clemson University in South Carolina. 'Travel
broadens their horizons and opens up their minds to learning.'
Students who travel earn better grades than those who stay
at ho e they have ore con dence and are ore se -aware.
du ts a so bene t ro i
ersing the se ves in other
cultures and realising they've got skills they have never used. It's
satisfying to have reached the mountain top or to have ordered
a ea in the oca anguage that ee ing bene ts your hea th.
KEEPS YOUR MIND
New experiences and environments
promote brain health. They challenge your
brain, building resilience at the cellular
level so degenerative disease is potentially
delayed. This cognitive stimulation
improves both memory and concentration.
And it may sound simple, but fresh air is
good for your brain, too. If you live or work
in a big city, travelling allows you to spend
more time outside without breathing in
tra c u es. dd in a that ho iday
exercise and your heart pumps cleaner
oxygen around the body and into the brain.
Travelling also boosts your positive
thoughts roviding obvious bene ts or
your mental health.
Mark Twain, who sailed around
the coast of the Mediterranean in 1869,
wrote in his travelogue, Innocents Abroad,
that travel is 'fatal to prejudice, bigotry,
and narrow- indedness.
It's a view shared by others. 'Foreign
ex eriences increase cognitive flexibi ity
and depth, and integrativeness of thought,'
says Adam Galinsky, a professor at
Columbia Business School and the author
of studies on the connection between
creativity and international travel.
ognitive flexibi ity is the inds abi ity
between different ideas a key
component of creativity. But it's not just
about being abroad, Adam says: 'The
key, critical process is multicultural
engagement, immersion and adaptation.'
ARE YOU COVERED?
298 | AUGUST 2017
y memo ies
Despite the fact going on holiday is good for your health, if you
already have an illness or condition, you must make sure you
dec are it when taking out insurance. ts basica y a back-u in
case anything goes wrong. No one wants to face a huge medical
bi i they a i abroad but i re-existing conditions cause you
any complications while you're away, a claim could be rejected.
ou a so need to take out the correct o icy in the rst ace to
suit both you and your trip. If you're going skiing, for example, the
cover wi be signi cant y different to a beach ho iday and it cost
a bit more for the policy, too.
Don't forget to take notice of the excess you're responsible for
paying when making a claim. Costly policies with a low excess could
save you more money in the long run. Lastly, make sure you do your
research - the cheapest might not be the best option for you.
WORDS: DAVID CROZIER, IMAGES: GETTY IMAGES, SHUTTERSTOCK
SOURCES: *JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY AND SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
**JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH IN QUALITY OF LIFE
TRAVELLING MAKES YOU A MORE
INTERESTING PERSON AS IT THROWS UP
BIZARRE, FUNNY AND SERIOUS SITUATIONS