Can Travel Help Your Mental Health?

Published 9th October 2020

It is often said that travel is food for the soul, and we could not agree more. With mental health problems affecting 1 in 4 people around the world, a proportion that only increases among younger generations, travel is such an important way for us to transform both ourselves and our lives. It isn’t a form of escape but rather a form of revitalisation that stays with you long after you return.

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How Can Travel Help Your Mental Health?

There are so many ways in which travel can benefit your mental health. Here are just a few!

It Pushes You Out of Your Comfort Zone

Change can be scary and it’s very easy to get trapped in our own little bubble of life. The routine and monotony can often leave you in a bit of rut and travel is the perfect way to break out of that cycle! Trying new things, experiencing new places and diving head first into new cultures will force you outside of that comfort bubble and open your eyes to a world of possibilities! You never know, some of those changes may even follow you home!

It Gets You MovIng

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Exercise isn’t just good for your body! It’s actually one of the best proven methods for improving your mental health as well. Whether you prefer running, yoga, lifting weights or playing sport, a work out will help clear and focus your mind whilst providing an endorphin rush to keep you on cloud nine for hours!

It Helps You See DIfferent PerspectIves

Travel is an incredible way to open your mind to different perspectives and cultures and can inspire a whole new outlook on life! Learning from locals and seeing how they cope with adversity can really inspire you to make changes for yourself. Introducing aspects of new cultures into your everyday life could help break your old habit cycles and promote positive change moving forward.

It Creates and BuIlds RelatIonshIps

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Making connections with people, both old and new, can be fantastic for your mental health, and travel is a great way of doing just that, particularly on a tour! Most of our applicants are solo travellers and the programmes aim to make it as easy as possible to make new friends for life! There’s nothing like the shared experience of travel to bring people closer together!

It Is A Great Form of Self Care

On those down days, it’s easy to feel guilty for spending time and money on yourself, but self care is something that is so important. In the long term, travel in an investment in you! Not only will you have a great time during the trip and feel empowered by your experiences, what you learn from it will stay with you for years to come.

We firmly believe that travel is a great way to improve your mental health, although it obviously isn’t always an option or along term solution. If you’re struggling with any mental health problems during this crazy time or in the future, there are plenty of places you can seek help.

Check out Student Space for free, online advice for students or have a look at the NHS list of support centres and mental health charities.

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