Often we are caught up in all of the details of travelling, such as when are we able to take the time off, how long shall we travel for, where should we go, what shall we do when we get there, that the whole reason for travelling can take a back seat. Sometimes it may seem like we travel just to get away from our busy schedules but there is so much more to travel than that. Of course we are all aware of the healthy benefits of travelling (such as the reduction in stress, being able to regroup, slowing down, reconnecting etc.) but the true effects of travelling stay with you long after you have returned home and your tan has faded.
There are a number of ways to make travel a healthy habit. Firstly you can make it a priority. Each year set aside some time to talk about your travels for that year. You don’t have to take a big trip each year but you can talk about it every year. Just like you would go to your doctor for your annual check up, have a family meeting each year to discuss any travel plans.
Another way to ensure you make travel a healthy habit is to look at travel from a healthy perspective. Pico Iyer, one of the most respected travel writers, says that the most important part of taking a vacation is the return home. You have a great time on your travels and the sights that you gather while you are away turn into insights when you return home. Your memories of the experiences you have encountered on your travels affect the life you live when you return home and stay with you even after your holiday has ended.
Lastly, you can be conscious of the type of holiday you are taking. We fully endorse taking a weeklong holiday and spending the whole time on the beach to recharge and relax but to make travel a healthy habit, you want to include a variety of travel trips in your repertoire. Go and see the world and expose your children to different cultures so that they can broaden their horizons and become open-minded, flexible, well-travelled young adults. Let’s look at another healthy habit: going to the gym. Your body gets used to your workout routine and so you change it up and challenge yourself by adding variety. The same goes with your travels.
To your health (and travels)!
Family Travel Specialist