How Habitual Travel Sharpens the Intellect

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  10.07.09 | 1:12 PM ET

Travel can lead to disorientation, which can improve learning. Benedict Carey explains.

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Kathleen 10.08.09 | 2:45 PM ET

Travel “disorientation” begets Problem Solving!  Especially in a foreign country.  And that’s supposed to be one of the things you need to keep doing to keep the ol’ brain healthy.  Well, let me tell you - if you visit out-of-the way places in a foreign country, your problem solving skills are geared up to the max.  And you keep telling yourself that this is ‘“fun” because, after all, you are on vacation!  We rented a timeshare from in Portugal and used it as a home base from which to take day trips out into the country side, to explore small villages, etc.  It was one of the best vacations we’ve ever had - and our problem-solving skills were honed to a fine art!

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