In the very near future this is exactly what your doctor may tell you.
A new study recently linked travel to decreased risks of heart attack and depression and even the promotion of brain health. This study also underscores the obvious benefit good old-fashioned stress relief and reported that the effects of travel on your health are almost immediate. After only a day or two on vacation, 89% of respondents saw significant drops in stress.
In the absence of a doctor-ordered prescription for a week at the beach, here are three simple ways to ensure your body and mind get the benefits of a vacation this year.
Schedule it. I schedule things on my calendar like exercise, date nights with my husband and even time to chat on the phone with my sister. I admit that I even schedule time for showers on most days. (Don’t judge! If you work from home you understand.) So scheduling a week dedicated to your vacation well in advance is a simple way to make it happen.
Work with a local professional. With the growing interest in trips to enhance mind, body and spirit, wellness tourism has created a new niche for travel professionals on-the-ground to grow or expand their business. Whether it’s a villa specialist, a tour guide, or boat charter company, using a local to help you plan gives you an opportunity to connect with and see the destination through the eyes of a local. They will also have the latest local insight and tips to help you plan and integrate wellness activities into your experience.
Take it SLOW. Slow travel is a grassroots movement that has quietly emerged as a solution to tourist burnout. This concept is also directly related to health benefits of travel. Resist the temptation to over schedule yourself during your vacation. Take it slow and see what the destination has to offer. Adventures and experiences will happen organically. Get out of the hotel, wander, simply explore. It’s good for your brain.
If your long-term health isn’t a compelling enough reason to take a week at the beach this year, I don’t know what is. How do you commit to regular, rejuvenating vacations?