On the road with good health

Travel can keep you active and healthy, but to enjoy your journey, make sure you are well prepared.

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Travel at any age is not only fun and exciting but also good medicine. "Experiencing new places often stimulates positive reactions," says Dr. Esteban Franco-Garcia, a geriatric physician with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "It helps you remain physically active and offers the brain new challenges."

In fact, a survey of American travelers reported by the Global Coalition on Aging found that 93% felt happier after time away, 77% believed their health improved afterward, and about 80% said travel increased their productivity, energy, and focus.

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