7 Scientific Reasons to Travel
Travel has been well documented to help you with your well-being and mental health and with the support of recent studies this is shown to be the case.
Here are my top 7 reasons to take out that passport, blow the cobwebs off it and plan that perfect getaway; to escape the tough times we have all experienced in the last 12 months, during this pandemic.
1. Travel gives you opportunities to try new things and meet new people, helping you combat monotony.
Travel connects people and provides opportunities to learn about new and different cultures, which can help increase your empathy towards others. It can also help improve your overall tolerance, reduce biases and even decrease frustration.
2. Activities, such as walking, hiking, and skiing; in scenic areas can help you become more hopeful.
A 2020 study also found that people who were consciously aware of the vistas and objects around them on a walk reported being more hopeful and upbeat than other walkers. What could be better than enjoying the wonderful scenery of a new destination on a hiking route or while skiing down a beautiful slope?
3. Travel is great for relieving stress and improving your general outlook on life.
According to a 2013 study of people aged 25 to 70+, 80% of respondents said travel improves their general mood and outlook on life with 75% of respondents also saying travel helps them reduce stress.
Unsurprisingly, the greatest health benefit of taking a holiday is that it dramatically reduces stress. In a recent survey, we found that 55.6% of respondents, return from holidays feeling less stressed.
Sometimes a weekend just isn’t enough time to unwind and de-stress, so extended holidays can often be the best medicine that can you just the right time away to help you.
Switching off and taking off on a well-deserved holiday will allow you to completely disconnect from everyday life and truly refresh.
So, my advice is SWITCH OFF: literally; then you can forget about the influx of emails, meetings and deadlines, and you don’t have to worry about finding the time to do the groceries, go to the gym and cook dinner after work.
While on holidays, your hardest decision will be what cocktail to order, meal to choose or what beach or adventure to choose next.
4. Time away from work can increase your energy and productivity at work.
A Study at Harvard University conducted on over 400 travellers found that 94% of respondents had as much or more energy after coming back from a good trip.
Book that holiday and crush your work goals when you return!
Our time away from home allows us to learn new skills, experience places and cultures we never have before and therefore return with a better world view.
If you need a reason to convince yourself you need a holiday… this is the one!
5. Taking a trip helps you do good, which helps you and others, feel good.
Evidence suggests that helping others can promote physiological changes in the brain linked with happiness.
Spending money during your holidays in restaurants, attractions and even on locally made souvenirs, helps support the 330 million people who rely on the sector for their livelihoods. You can also help by volunteering with a reputable local organisation!
I have a client who went to Thailand in 2019 to volunteer at an elephant Sanctuary, where she had the most life affirming experience that helped her immensely because she was helping others.
I am hosting an exclusive group to Sri Lanka in 2022 to help on a Turtle Conservation Project. Contact me if you would love to be a part of it with me!
My tagline on my Social Media Posts is Explore, Experience and Enrich; which says it all really!
Travelling reduces stress by taking you away — both physically and mentally — from the pressures of everyday life.
Whether you’re sunbathing in Greece, exploring Paris or watching a musical on Broadway, you are distracted from your ordinary commitments and experience less anxiety.
6. A wellness trip can contribute to stronger mental health.
On a wellness retreat focused on practices like yoga, meditation, and mindfulness, you can learn skills that you can bring home to help you keep up a regular wellness routine. This routine will be key to maintaining stronger mental health. Can you just imagine yourself learning centuries-old yoga practices on an idyllic beach?
I LOVE yoga and plan to run some very much needed wellness retreats in the very near future. So, if you or anyone you know, would like to join me or even host a wellness retreat, feel free to get in touch!
I am hosting a Pilates Group Tall Ship Cruise this year, in September 2021!
If your mind is emotionally exhausted, you probably won’t be functioning at your best and a global pandemic will certainly contribute to that.
Just like when you do work you need to take breaks regularly to remain productive, you also need prolonged breaks where you can properly rest.
7. Doing something you have been meaning to enjoy, trust me!
Pull out that travel wish list - you have plenty of journeys to complete yet! See what you still need to check off and let’s get planning.
By doing something you enjoy, you perform necessary self-care and contribute to your own happiness.
Please also find my Podcast: Mind, Body, Travel;l which focuses on these very aspects of travel, where I chat to suppliers that I work with, who can offer all the mental health, well-being options that will help you find inner peace and total relaxation in this beautiful world.
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