Global Coalition on Aging  

Travel and Healthy Aging: The Journey and the Destination

Surely it is well appreciated that those who stay healthy as they age are able to sustain active lifestyles, including traveling into our 70, 80s and beyond.  It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that the reverse is also true – as one travels, one will be healthier, which is good for the individual as well as for society. 

With a two-pronged research approach, the Global Coalition on Aging set out to investigate the effects of travel on the healthy aging process and uncover how individuals are preparing to make their travel dreams a reality.

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Destination Healthy Aging: The Physical, Cognitive and Social Benefits of Travel
GCOA’s new white paper is a meta-analysis of existing academic and social research, which for the first time links travel – and the activities associated with travel – with positive health outcomes.

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Download the fact sheet

Journey to Healthy Aging: Planning for Travel in Retirement
GCOA has also partnered with the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® on new survey research, which was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications.  This report shows that although Americans prioritize travel and are beginning to understand its health benefits, they are not taking action to save for it as part of the healthy aging process.

Download the complete survey report
Download the executive summary
Download the ‘Journey to Healthy Aging’ infographic

Call to Action
Based on these findings, we call for further investigation into the long-term health benefits of travel and for individuals to begin saving now for travel across their life course.

Download “5 Tips for Planning Your Journey to Healthy Aging”


The white paper and survey were commissioned by and completed in collaboration with the U.S. Travel Association as part of the Travel Effect campaign.

Please visit the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® and Travel Effect websites to learn more.

View our press release.

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