The Effects of Traveling on the Body

Travel is the transport of individuals between far away, often geographically distant geographical locations. Travel can be one way, by car, bike, foot, plane, train, bus or other mode, and often is one way travel or round trip travel. Some travelers prefer to rent a vehicle to take them where they want to go, but most people are able to take a non-public transportation system to get where they need to go. Travel is popular throughout the world because there is a lot of written travel literature, travel guides, maps, and other reading material to help people plan their journeys.


The increased risk of death and illness in traveling is due to the increased risk of air travel, which has more accidents than any other form of travel. Air travel poses the greatest threat of all to the elderly, as the increased risk of stroke and heart attack is much higher for older individuals than it is for younger people. Even relatively small increases in temperature and/or precipitation can result in a significant increase in the risk of developing invasive diseases, such as cancer. The number one cause of death for U.S. travelers is a falling flight, followed by a rapid fall in temperature and precipitation. This usually happens within days of the departure.

You may not be getting enough sleep to be refreshed for your travels. If you are traveling by plane, try getting up and moving around periodically, especially if you are flying late at night. If you are on a train or bus, consider taking a break at frequent intervals to avoid feeling drowsy. If you are driving a car, consider adjusting your speed to help prevent exhaustion. And always double check the weather before going any place, especially if you are traveling during a snowstorm.

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