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Health benefits from travelling

Nearly three quarters of people notice benefits to their health after returning from holiday.

A total of 73 per cent in the 55 to 72 age range admitted they saw benefits to their lifestyle after heading back from a trip abroad including getting better sleep (51 per cent), having more energy (50 per cent) and better productivity (46 per cent).

However, for millennials - who are at the ages of 22 to 37 - 23 per cent see their health improve when they book their holiday, compared to just six per cent for the baby boomers.

The study also found that 21 per cent of people see equal improvements to their health before, during and after their trip, with boomers putting it down to having more time to relax (72 per cent) and spending quality time with their friends and families (67 per cent).

Alison Bryant, AARP Research Senior Vice President, said: "This research shows there are many health and wellness benefits during all stages of travel across generations, and seeing those benefits significantly improves their satisfaction with the trip. Any type of travel, whether it's a weekend getaway or a weeklong trip, can be an effective way to renew and recharge and the benefits far outweigh the short-lived drawbacks."

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