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Traveling for Health

April 2014

Lauren Hunsberger


Traveling is fun and exciting, but did you know it could benefit your life in many other ways too? The U.S. Travel Association details exactly how packing your bags can pack a punch for your health and wellness.


Seventy-nine percent of Americans see travel as a way to get energized and feel more alive, and two in three say travel is great for being physically active.*

In the state of Washington, the travel industry creates 103,000 jobs, $13.2 billion in spending and $2 billion in tax revenue for local governments.

Travel is among the top 10 industries in 48 states and D.C. in terms of employment.

Direct spending by resident and international travelers in the U.S. averaged $2.3 billion a day, $97.7 million an hour, $1.6 million a minute and $27,125 a second.


According to Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D. ABPP, president and founder of the Brain Health Center, Inc., "Because it challenges the brain with new and different experiences and environments, travel is an important behavior that promotes brain health and builds brain resilience across the lifespan."

One survey shows that after being on vacation for only a day or two, 89 percent of people are able to leave the stressors of work behind and relax. This has long-term effects as stress has been shown to play a damaging role in health and can actually speed up the aging process.

* According to the U.S. Travel Association,

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