Upcoming World Traveler’s Club trip connects to health benefits

Pictures of previous WTC trips are displayed in James Tallman’s classroom.

Pictures of previous WTC trips are displayed in James Tallman’s classroom.

Bella Wilson

The World Traveler’s Club has participated in many trips over the years. This year, members are getting ready to visit Italy, France, Spain and Monaco during spring break.

The destinations each year continue to interest students to join the club. Senior Lizzie Koschnick is excited for the upcoming trip as she wants to “explore the great unknown.”

“I also joined the club because my friends are in it and the locations looked fun,” Koschnick said.

Junior Grace Hodson is eager about the upcoming trip as well.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to get to go to places I wouldn’t have ever thought of going,” Hodson said.

Hodson appreciates that NC has the privilege to participate in trips. She has been preparing for this trip by saving money and attending their meetings.

Specifically, the club will be visiting Cinque Terre, Monaco, Nice, Provence and Barcelona over the course of spring break. So many locations in so little time, the student will surely be busy.

“We are hiking a lot, through and between towns,” Koschnick said.

Hiking is a great way to explore an area. It is a common activity for those who are on vacation or visiting a new place. Hiking has many health benefits both physically and mentally.

“There is going to be lots of outdoor walking on our trip,” Hodson said.

Those who walk outside receive improved concentration, energy, and reduced stress. According to the U.S. National Park Service, hiking improves heart health and decreases the risk of respiratory problems. It also improves one’s sense of balance and builds muscle.

Koschnick, Hodson and other students going on the trip will receive the health benefits of hiking while enjoying scenery and exploring a new place.

When traveling, exploring new cuisine is another popular activity amongst travelers. Many countries’ cultures are proud of their food. Both Koschnick and Hodson shared that one of the things they are looking forward to is trying new cuisine.

“I am excited for the dinners, as well as trying tapas and gelato,” Koschnick said.

“I am most excited to eat any type of pasta,” Hodson said.

There are advantages to trying new food, whether or not it is conventionally “healthy.”

Trying new foods can increase the amount of nutrients you receive. By trying new food that you do not normally eat, you are introduced to different ingredients with a variety of nutrients.

While students enjoy an international vacation this spring break, they will also reap the health benefits in a variety of ways.