The Results Are In: Solo Traveling Improves Health

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We’ve known for quite some time now that solo traveling improves health. From the extra endorphins released during those mind-blowing moments to increases in self-esteem. Solo traveling helps increase one’s awareness of self and others and plants a growing respect for the interconnectivity found within it all. 

There are countless moments on my travel journey that I felt a day couldn’t get any better, only to discover that it could. I have adventure and my adventurous spirit to thank for that bit of brilliance!

But, it’s adventuring at all that’s wholly responsible for why solo traveling improves health. Let’s get into it, shall we?

How Solo Traveling Improves Health

Solo travel doesn’t just show you the world; it turns you into a happiness ninja, dodging stress and smashing anxiety. So, why wait? Grab your map and let the adventure to a healthier you begin!

Going on solo adventures is like a mega workout for the brain and heart but without the sweaty gym part. Imagine waking up in a new place every other day, the air smells different in each, and the wind carries a new song to sing. These experiences are actually like doing brain push-ups, and it begins to look for the next chance (adventure) to practice flexing.

Mental health improvements aside, it all comes down to fun in the sun! That’s right, my favorite combo of sun, sea, and sand stands out as the top activities recommended to enhance your health. There’s something about seawater, am I right? If I’m not lying right next to it, I am rolling around in it like the Little Mermaid that wasn’t. Anyone else?

Here’s to More Sea Adventures 

The truth of the matter is, that I have an unwavering adoration for our oceans. And as time and harmful human behaviors march forward, it’s only a matter of time until none of us can frolic in it at all. 

The alarming rate at which our oceans are being suffocated by plastic waste, overfishing, and trash dumping has always astounded me. Especially as I become more aware and experienced with the marine life that lives there that cannot advocate for themselves. These prehistoric creatures that roam the open seas need us more than ever. 

It’s why I push sustainable solo traveling best practices and support brands like Ocean Bottle. It’s a water tumbler (reusable bottle) that actually helps save our oceans. Did you know that every Ocean Bottle sold funds the collection and removal of close to 1,000 plastic bottles from our oceans? That’s a big deal! Speaking of deals, using code PERKMEREDITH at checkout for your first order saves you 10%.

But back to why solo traveling improves health! Here’s a list of the adventure-FULL sea activities that you should consider adding to your “to-do while traveling” list:

  • Scuba Diving
  • Free Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing
  • SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)
  • Boogie Boarding
  • Kayaking
  • Kitesurfing

Having done six out of these eight myself, I can recommend each one as an adventure to consider. Scared of the sea? Can’t swim? Perhaps you should rethink these choices, but most tours will provide safety equipment. With that in mind, adventure at your own risk.

Sea Adventures While Solo Traveling Improves Health

That next nautical experience will take things to the next level, your health that is. First off, salty sea air fills your lungs, cleaner than any city puff. It’s like nature’s own air purifier. Then, there’s the sun, showering you with Vitamin D, making your bones strong and your heart happy. 

And don’t get me started on the peace and quiet. Out there, it’s just you and the rolling waves. Stress? What stress? It walks the plank and dives into the deep blue, leaving you chill and mighty peaceful.

Solo sea adventures, my fellow adventuress, are a treasure trove of health and here are the main reasons why:

Saltwater Rejuvenates The Body

Dipping into or just hanging by the ocean does wonders, all thanks to the magic of magnesium in saltwater. This mighty mineral ensures your muscles and nerves work like a charm, keeps your blood sugar in check, and turns your sleep into a dreamy escapade. Considering magnesium is a must-have element that lots of folks don’t get enough of, spending time near the sea is like hitting a health jackpot.

Saltwater Improves Skin Health

Julie Andersen, Global Senior Director of Branding for PADI Worldwide, explains, “Vitamin Sea is more than just a clever play on words; it underscores the importance of saltwater as a vital nourishment for our largest organ—the skin.” Brimming with minerals such as zinc, iron, and potassium, saltwater aids in reducing inflammation, safeguarding the skin, and mending any nicks, cuts, or wounds. Additionally, saltwater can boost lymph flow, potentially minimizing the look of cellulite on the body.

Saltwater Improves Your Breathing Capabilities

Swimming, diving, or just a leisurely float in saltwater can improve your breathing. It can ease discomfort from conditions like hay fever, sinusitis, and asthma because the ocean’s saline acts like a natural anti-inflammatory agent, closely resembling the fluids in our own bodies.

Moreover, the salty sea breeze does wonders for your respiratory system. Breathing in this salty air helps clear your throat and lungs, leading to more effortless breathing and enhanced sleep quality. Plus, the coolness of sea air keeps you feeling alert and lively throughout the day.

Seawater is Grounding

Ever wonder why strolling barefoot on the beach makes you feel so tranquil and at one with the universe? This serene sensation has a scientific explanation known as grounding. Andersen of PADI clarifies, “Our bodies can accumulate positive electrons as free radicals. But when we walk directly on the sand and come into contact with saltwater, both of which carry negative charges, they neutralize this buildup.” That’s the secret behind feeling both rejuvenated and calm while lounging by the sea—and it also explains why the ocean has such a magnetic pull on many of us.

Seawater Can Boost Immune Systems

Saltwater is recognized for its healing properties, especially for individuals battling conditions such as weakened immune systems, anemia, and elevated blood sugar. Remarkably, saltwater is finding its place in the medical world, primarily due to its capability to bolster our immune defenses against viruses, bacteria, and other harmful pathogens. Intriguingly, the composition of ocean saltwater and our blood plasma share a 98% similarity. Let that sink in (pun intended) for a minute.

So you see, embarking on sea adventures while solo traveling improves health. Plus, swimming in salt water is healing, you read all of those brilliant examples above, right?  Visiting beaches can be a sustainable event, too!

Heard About Blue Flag Beaches?

Blue Flag Beaches are beaches recognized for their contribution to sustainability and cleanliness and there are dozens of them in Spain! One of which I had the pleasure of frequenting as it was less than a 10-minute walk from my then apartment, La Caleta Beach.

A timelapse of sunset on La Caleta beach in Cadiz. Voted one of the many Blue Flag Beaches in Spain.

The prestigious Blue Flag stands as one of the globally acknowledged voluntary accolades for beaches, marinas, and eco-friendly tourism vessels. To earn the Blue Flag, there is a need to fulfill and uphold strict standards related to environmental practices, educational initiatives, safety measures, and accessibility requirements. 

You can read more about La Caleta Beach and other Blue Flag Beaches around the globe and plan accordingly to visit one (or a dozen) on your next solo adventure.

The Results Are In: Solo Traveling Improves Health

The verdict is crystal clear: solo traveling improves health and is a secret ingredient to a healthier you! Imagine diving into sparkling seas or meeting manta rays above flourishing coral beds. How about free diving with nurse sharks or swimming beside manatees in the wild? 

These adventures don’t just fill your Instagram with epic snapshots; they supercharge your body, mind, and soul. From boosting your bravery to clearing your lungs with that fresh, salty air, going solo on your travels is like hitting the health jackpot. 

So, why wait? Pack your bags, embrace the thrill, and watch as you become the healthiest, happiest version of yourself. Need some motivation? Jump in a Strategic Solo Travel Consultation with me, and let’s get to the bottom of your solo traveling deterrents. Adventure is calling!

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