As winter seems to be dragging on longer than ever this year, many people are starting to look forward to a spring break getaway. Whether your vacation plans involve the salty smell of warm ocean air or the crisp scent of fresh powder in the mountains, make sure your lungs enjoy a little rest and relaxation while possibly improving healthy breathing.
With enviable year-round temperatures of at least 64°, a tropical climate can be further categorized into rainforest, monsoon, or savanna climates, all of which cluster around the equator. A tropical rainforest climate has no natural seasons and an average of at least 2.4 inches of precipitation per month. A tropical monsoon climate, usually in South and Central America, experiences seasonally-changing monsoon winds and has a driest month after the winter solstice, while a tropical savanna climate has a noticeable dry season. Although tropical air tends to be humid and easy for lungs to inhale and exhale, high winds can transport air pollution for hundreds of miles.
The high altitude of picturesque mountain ranges has long been associated with cleaner air. At higher elevations, indoor allergens are less likely to thrive and there is less air pollution. However, asthma tends to worsen in higher altitude because the cold temperature and dry air often trigger asthma attacks. In addition, the air at higher altitudes is thinner and contains less oxygen, which sometimes causes people to have trouble breathing or to feel light-headed or tired.
If a camping trip in the woods is more to your liking, you’re in luck: trees are a natural method of reducing air pollution. One tree can absorb ten pounds of air pollutants a year from sources such as dust, pollen, car emissions, power plants, and more. Furthermore, trees produce around 260 pounds of oxygen per year, which is nearly half of what one person will breathe annually. Combine this with distance from city air pollutants, and you have a healthy vacation option for your lungs.
If a trip to discover a new city is on your horizon, consider visiting a healthy city with high air quality. Many sources of air pollution go hand-in-hand with bustling city life, such as transportation emissions, burning fossil fuels, and garbage incineration. However, you can protect your lungs from dangerous inhalants by electing to stay in a “green” lodging property that understands the importance of a healthy stay.
Wherever your vacation takes you, your lungs are along for the ride. Make sure they’re getting as much well-deserved rest as you are.