An audio version of this article is available.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced people to limit their social interactions due to lockdown restrictions. As the majority can’t freely travel for leisure and are now working and studying from home, leisure travelling is considered as one of the desirable things to do, before this year ends.
Aside from a quick escape from the new work and study routine, travelling is also beneficial to our mental health.
Serves as a stress reliever
One good way to feel rejuvenated is to pack your bags and cross out your bucket list. Going on a trip promotes happiness from stressful work situations, especially on dealing with the new normal work schedule. Simple sightseeing, exploring places and taking pictures can be considered the most relaxing activities to do when travelling.
Reconnects to self-development
Exploring places on a road trip teaches us to know more about ourselves. The first-time travellers to other countries or unfamiliar destinations help us to reassess, reinvent and reevaluate our life. Travelling expands our horizons to realise the possibilities of life.
Life’s lessons that travelling brings enables us to broaden our perspective to understand different cultures and societies. Discovering new places is the start of the transition as it helps us to interact with the world around us. This gives us purpose to be stronger and more independent.
Research has shown that learning new things and exploring new places is a new source of happiness. From the planning up to the whole trip can increase one’s happiness. Travelling makes a traveller look forward to something new in the next destination.
Allows us to focus on being resilient
Living in tough situations and going to exciting destinations strengthens your emotional and mental state. Getting out of your comfort zone by facing unfamiliar places and meeting new people makes you emotionally strong, independent and more patient.
Travelling stimulates in-depth creativity as travellers engage with the local culture and improve productivity. Going on a short holiday might be stressful for some, but planning your trip properly enhances your creativity in doing activities and enjoyment even though you are on a short holiday.
After returning from a short holiday or a long trip, you must assess your experience if it was pleasurable. The wonderful things that travelling brings to your mind add to your readiness to face again the daily workload and plan for your next travel destination.
Rona dela Rosa is the content manager of Psychreg. She is an Associate Professor at the Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauyan.
Disclaimer: Psychreg is mainly for information purposes only. Materials on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, medical treatment, or therapy. Never disregard professional psychological or medical advice nor delay in seeking professional advice or treatment because of something you have read on this website. Read our full disclaimer here.