People travel for many different reasons — to take a quick breather, have a midlife getaway, be job-related — but some simply want to see new places and experience new things.
In fact, science has it that travel has health benefits. As per a study conducted by The Global Commission on Aging and TransAmerica Center for Retirement Studies, working women who vacation at least two times a year have a lower risk of suffering from heart attacks than those who travel only every six years or more,. A similar study has found out that men who travel less showed 20% higher risk of death and 30% greater chances of getting a heart attack.
Ideally, travel should make you feel refreshed and relaxed but you’ll never achieve that liberating feeling unless you have this “not to do” list:
Off limits to work
Before you enjoy windsurfing in Kailua Beach Park in Honolulu, make sure that you leave every bit of office work in the office. You’re supposed to de-stress, so ensure to set an out-of-office (or OOO) auto-reply in your email to make sure that everybody who sends you email would be properly notified of your leave, and would not bother ringing you on your mobile phone just to get a reply. You’ll be in a better mood when you’re well rested.
Never worry about your valuables at home
If everyone else at home is coming with you to visit the mosques in Marrakech, Morocco and there’s nobody to oversee your valuables at home, like jewelry, spare gadgets and anything that’s prone to theft, then have them kept in a storage vault. This will ensure safety for your valuables, and at the same time boost the feeling of satisfaction and happiness when you get home.
Limit communications access to relevant persons
Of course, your mobile phone will surely be one of your travel buddies, so definitely you’ll still be bothered by text messages and other social media notifications. The best way to counteract this is to filter the most important messages that require urgent replies and just leave the rest as-is.
Travel and vacation are supposed to enhance your creativity and rejuvenate your physical state, giving you a sweet escape from depressing things and persons. In a study by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, statistics showed that women who travel or vacation at least twice a year are less likely to suffer from depression and chronic stress as opposed to women who travel less or never in two years.