Travel, which has long been a staple of American life, has now become the ultimate exercise for the nation’s youth.
In fact, research has found that when traveling, teenagers are at greater risk for developing diseases and injury, which are often associated with air travel.
In an era where the average American spends over $4,000 a year in air travel, we wanted to see what we could learn from the best travel experiences and the health risks that come with them.
We reached out to some of the best-known travel brands, including The Thrillist, TripAdvisor, and Expedia, to get their take on what’s in store for us.
Read on for the top 10 things to know when you’re traveling in 2019.1.
Stay up-to-date on the health effects of air travel1.1 What are the best ways to stay up- to-date with the health impacts of air transportation?
Travel is a must-do for the majority of teens, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In a study released in 2016, researchers from the University of Iowa found that more than 90 percent of students aged 16 to 19 reported that they were taking their medications daily, and that half of teens in their twenties had stopped taking their cholesterol-lowering medications.2.
How much does air travel cost?
The average cost of an adult flight to the United States is around $2,800, according the Federal Aviation Administration.3.
What are some of those health risks?
A study released last year from the CDC found that teenage girls who travel more than once a month have higher rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.4.
What kinds of flights are popular among teens?
According to the travel site TripAdress, nearly two thirds of travelers aged 16 and younger travel on flights operated by United, JetBlue, Southwest, United Express, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Express, and Spirit.5.
How safe is the air?
Travelers aged 16-19 are at a greater risk of catching certain viruses and having heart disease and stroke, according a study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.6.
What’s the best airfare for teens?
The Thrillsport travel agency, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has a list of the top ten best ways for teens to get fit and travel, which includes flying to Hawaii, Hawaii, Paris, Tokyo, and Rome.7.
What can teens get out of their trips?
According the CDC, teenage girls are the most likely to travel to places where alcohol is legal, such as California, Florida, New York, and Nevada.8.
What do some teens get paid for?
According a study published in 2016 by the Centers of Disease Control, the average annual salary for teenage boys aged 16 or 17 is about $1,500, while the average yearly salary for teenagers is about half that amount.9.
What is the health risk associated with traveling to places that aren’t covered by health insurance?
The CDC found a significant risk of air pollution and cardiovascular disease associated with frequent, short-haul travel, such in the U.S. and abroad.
In some places, teens are at risk for certain illnesses and injuries such as heart disease, stroke, and COPD.10.
What does it mean to travel with a medical condition?
According as the CDC study, teens with asthma are more likely to get a diagnosis of asthma, as are teens with COPD and other conditions, such a bronchitis, emphysema, and a heart condition.