It can be a huge challenge staying motivated to use your brain actively whilst on the road. Yes, you’re seeing the sights and enjoying the culture, but when was the last time you took a break from the travelling lifestyle and read a nonfiction book? Or even just a book? Anything that wasn’t a travel guide?


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 It might be worth taking a couple of books along with you on your journey, or really go the extra mile and buy an ereader to save space in your rucksack. They have an incredible battery life and you can store any number of books on there for dirt cheap. It really is worth your while, as unsurprisingly, educating yourself improves your health and even significantly adds to your life expectancy, according to this article from NowLearning AU.

So often you hear of people who can’t remember anything from school, so why not pick up a book on your subject our favourite every now and again? The health benefits of reading regularly are plentiful, and you’ll always have something interesting to say at dinner parties. Bazinga.

Regular reading helps keep your brain sharp and could help to protect you from alzheimers disease, and mentally stimulating activities can prolong your life. Reading helps many sleep better at night, reduce stress levels, improves your memory and even improves your concentration. Think of it like a workout for your brain. Don’t let your mind slob out on the sofa eating pizza forever, otherwise you’ll feel the negative effects!

For next level brain targeting goodness, take a notebook and write down EVERYTHING because you will, inevitably, forget an awful lot. Creating hard copy memories of your travelling experience will be one of the best things you’ve done, even more important than taking photos, because this way you can remember how you felt at the time. In addition to this, you will learn a lot from the people around you and the local culture, whether it’s language, traditions or even just random facts you never knew before. Seriously, write them down, because future you will be grateful.

Writing has it’s health benefits too, as expressive writing helps you vent out all the negativity that you might otherwise end up screaming at other people. Writing about yourself, your feelings and your life helps you discover the way your mind works and can act as a healing process.

Travelling is one of the best things a person can do for themselves, but don’t leave the words at home!