How Travel Keeps Us Young at Heart

Collette's Liz Lee shares her thoughts on travel and age.

As I prepare to turn 40, I’m consciously trying to embrace all the great things that come with age—like wisdom, contentment, gratitude, and yes, even smile lines. I’m aware that there’s a perception that most people try to actively avoid growing older. And I’m happily here to say: I’m not having it. And I know that I’m not alone in this. So many are already clued into the not-so-secret secret that there’s nothing more beautiful than gaining perspective and experience with every turn around the sun.

The more experience I get in life, the more curious, vibrant, energetic, and joyous I’d like to become. That’s one of the best parts about travel; going on a trip and seeing someplace new sparks my inner child – and I know that our travelers often get out there in the big, wide world for that exact reason.

Travel is not quite a fountain of youth, but studies have shown that traveling improves the brain's neuroplasticity, which helps keep your mind a little bit sharper and more agile. We also know that traveling can help inspire creativity, which can be elusive when we’re in a rut. It also relieves stress by removing you from the daily grind and giving you a fresh perspective on the world.

And how better to spark joy than by finally experiencing a destination you’ve been reading about your whole life? If having a Grand Canyon, Taj Mahal, Pyramid of Giza type of moment doesn’t bring you joy, then what will? Feeling the wonder and curiosity of a child when learning about a new culture or place? How about making a new friend? Connecting with other humans while sharing new experiences together? Pure joy!

Whether you’re 25 or 75, there’s a whole lot of living to be done. So go ahead and take that trip you’ve been dreaming of. It just might make you feel like a kid again, which is worth more than any anti-aging cream you can buy at the store.