Travel. It seems like a simple word and concept. Yet do we all do it as much as we should?
Travel by definition is:
-to make a journey, typically of some length or abroad.
But does it really have to be lengthy and does it really have to be abroad? Couldn’t it be a short trip with friends and/or family somewhere close to home? And couldn't it be a long journey that you spent hours pouring over websites or guidebooks to explore in our own country...bringing back travel gifts as happy reminders of your adventures? Any of these situations will help with your mindset, reduce stress levels and help make you happier.
I was lucky enough to travel with my parents growing up. Sometimes it was a weekend getaway in our motorhome, sometimes it was a trip to Disney World and sometimes it was a trip to Bermuda (as seen in the picture below of me and my Dad).
I learned at a young age that it is ok to take some time off from your day to day activities or job to take time for your family and for yourself. My father ran his own restaurant supply business and it was a one-man show. Yet somehow, we still took vacations. I asked him later in life – how did he do this, what did he tell his customers?
He said it was all about planning and setting expectations. First, he was upfront with his customers telling them when he was going away. Second, it was in the planning and making sure that had what they needed while he was away. His planning paid off and we spent many times away as a family and these are some of my fondest childhood memories.
I found this interesting article on the website verywellmind discussing the health benefits of travel. It goes on to discuss that travel can promote your overall wellbeing. This makes sense, right?? One study found that three days after vacation, people’s physical complaints, their quality of sleep and their mood had improved as compared to before vacation. These gains were still present five weeks later, especially in those who had more personal time and overall satisfaction during their vacations.
I read another travel-related article on NBCnews that discusses that most people tend to be happier when they’re traveling and they don’t have to worry about work. This seems like an obvious point but my biggest takeaways were that people also experience a direct increase in happiness from just planning a trip. This totally rang true for me!
Before moving to Orlando, one of my favorite vacations was visiting Walt Disney World. This was true when I was 7 and when I was an adult. Between trips, I would comb through my many Disney guidebooks (see below) planning my next trip. For me, it was an escape, a way to take a break from schoolwork or my job and helped maintain my day to day happiness.
I challenge you.
Set some time aside.
Talk to your employer or your customers to start setting the expectation that you are headed on a journey.
Start planning your trip.
Take your trip and reap the benefits.
Share your experiences and encourage others to do the same!
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~ Zoe’ Coulcher, Co-Founder of C Larboard
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