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This report brings a whole new meaning to wanderlust.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw
April 04, 2016

Want to boost your sex life or lose a few pounds? Travel more. According to a new study from Expedia, travel was a significant contributor in improving health, weight loss, gaining confidence, and increasing sex drive.

There’s even a scientific reason wanderlust can inspire bedroom lust. “Traveling can help reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As stress and anxiety decreases, mood increases—bringing many, often unexpected, positive benefits in how we perceive ourselves, motivation and productivity, and our general outlook on life,” Dr. Linda Papadopoulos, a psychologist who worked with Expedia on the study, said in a statement.

So, how does globetrotting also keep you skinny? It has to do with your routine. Typically while on the road travelers are engaging in spurts of healthy activity, which also breaks bad habits of old routines. This also helps with boosting overall mood. “Exposure to a healthy amount of sunshine is also believed to increase the brain’s release of the hormone serotonin which is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused,” added Papadopoulos.

Along with a better sex life, body image and overall happiness, more than two million respondents said that traveling made them more creative.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw is a Contributing Digital Reporter with Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WellTraveler.

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