10+ interesting facts about travel, backed by science

Before setting off on a vacation and switching all your devices off in order to unwind and focus on the ‘here and now’ (because that’s what you do, don’t you?), take a look at the latest scientific studies revealing some of the secrets of traveling and feeling good.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

1. Jet lag feels worse if you travel from west to east. Recent research has discovered why this happens. Our internal clock has a natural cycle of sleep/wake modes that’s slightly longer than 24 hours. Traveling from west to east makes the day shorter, while traveling from east to west makes the day longer and therefore easier for the brain to adapt to.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

2. The human brain is designed to remember novelty, so if you want to remember your vacation for a long time, you should make sure to include a dramatic change of scenery somewhere in the middle. Like, stop sizzling on the beach and take a boat trip way out into the water, or head up to the mountains for a day.Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff Cool Stuff

3. When you meet new people, abroad or at a business meeting, you often forget their name the second they introduce themselves. Science says that’s not because you are rude or stupid, but because your brain is focused on another thing: how to make a great first impression. The easiest trick to help your gray matter do its job is to use the person’s name immediately after hearing it (‘So Julie, what brought you to New York?’)

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