Ah, you find a sale price for a last minute, weekend trip to a tropical destination. You have a few days left of leave andthere are countless reasons you shouldn’t go; you’re trying to save money, it isn’t worth the haggle of getting to and from the airport, you don’t speak the language, the list goes on and on. Don’t talk yourself out of doing something good for yourself, go on a trip, throw yourself into a new experience. It is what you are born to do- satisfy your soul, and travel, it’s good for you!
First things first, traveling is great for your physical health. Going on a trip gives you an excuse to sleep in a bit later than you would if you were at home, and catch up on some much needed rest (we all need it!). Afternoon siesta? Don’t mind if I do!
Tired of your same gym routine, or lack thereof? Going on a walk along the seafront, beach volleyball, snorkeling, this is all more physical activity than most of us are getting on a day to day basis where we spend the majority of the day at our desks. Not headed to a beach? Museums, markets, shopping; even getting to your terminal at Heathrow are going to help you exceed your 10,000 steps a day. If you had to choose between your daily walk from your office chair to the coffeepot, and walking along the beach, wouldn’t you choose the beach?
Something about sunshine just puts you in a good mood. I moved back to Manchester from Australia, and I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to take my sunglasses out of my purse to make room for a brolly! That’s why when I am able to get away for a holiday, even a quick two-day trip; I am more than happy to see the sun. Not only does it improve my mood, but getting some Vitamin D can seriously help your health! From strengthening your immune system, binding calcium to your bones and even improve symptoms of the controversial, Seasonal Affective Disorder. But, make sure you reapply your sun cream, you don’t want to look like a lobster! (or have health implications in the future!)
Doing the same thing day in and day out can get monotonous.Traveling gives you the opportunity to get out of the routine, and maybe try something new! Yoga on the beach, a traditional food (live octopus anyone?), or horseback riding, anything is possible when you’re on holiday! As corny as it sounds, you might try something that ends up changing your life! I went to Indonesia with a friend who signed up for a “Beginners Sunset Yoga.” I didn’t go, nervous I wouldn’t be flexible enough after one too many ice creams by the beach. She ended up loving it. Fast forward three years, she quit her job, took her yoga instructor course and is now teaching on a beach in Byron Bay, Australia. Who knows where she would be now if she didn’t take a chance on holiday?
With all the spare time and freedom to do what you want, any home-related stresses will seem to melt away.It is important to take time for yourself to relax, and you will find that when you return to work your mood, memory and concentration are better!
If nothing else, do it for the memories. Spending time doing what you want, getting out of the box, enjoying time with family and friends; that is what life is all about. In two weeks’ time, when you are back at work and already getting fed up with the day-to-day, you can look back at happy memories on the trip, and hopefully feel some of the stress-free vibes you were feeling while away.
So what is the hold up? Go ahead, book the flight, and feed your soul! Don’t have any leave left? You have our permission to use this as your doctor’s excuse.