“I’ll write you a prescription for a week at the beach.”

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.

Schedule your next vacation as soon as you return from your week at the beach. It's easier to remember that stress-free, end-of-vacation feeling!

Schedule your next vacation as soon as you return from your last trip. It’s easier to remember that stress-free, end-of-vacation feeling and you’ll be more motivated 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.

Resist the temptation to fill your schedule while on vacation.

Resist the temptation to fill your schedule while on vacation.

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?

Sarah Fazendin Travel Blogger

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8 thoughts on ““I’ll write you a prescription for a week at the beach.”

  1. I am printing this post out and bringing it to my doctor tomorrow. I’m a bit angry with her, as she should have totally thought about this cure already! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler.

  2. I’ll send your address so you can post me my prescription. And you better give me a repeat – Thanks.
    Great to see you link up again with us. I’ll pin this, so more people can get some time off work.

  3. Great post Sarah! My girlfriend and I have been on the road traveling for 6 months straight and 10 months out of the last 14 and we definitely understand the need to schedule some “wellness” time. We like to call these stretches out “vacations from traveling”, and it really only took about 2 months of traveling at a blistering pace to realize the benefits of these breaks. We now try to schedule at least a week of down-time every couple of months to make sure we recharge and prevent getting sick on the road. Thanks for the tips…we will be sure to incorporate them in future travel! Glad to have found your blog via #SundayTraveler

    • Hey Travis, great to connect and thanks for the comment! It’s hard, even when traveling full time, to justify one week of doing…well, nothing. But it’s not nothing and it is very important.

      Thanks for reading and best of luck to you on your travels!

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