Travel is such a vital ingredient to our well-being and health. In a hectic world that overwhelmingly pressures us to stay plugged in, prioritizing long vacations and even short getaways have to remain at the top of our to-do list. Whether this is the year you take that dream vacation or you follow through on your commitment to take a weekend road trip, making travel plans should carry the same priority as your annual check-up.
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with image after image of conflict, drama and politics, unplugging is the single most important thing you can do for both your emotional and physical well-being. Although this seems like such a simple thing to do, a recent study showed that we spend more time on our phones and devices than we do sleeping. It is easier to unplug when we are on vacation. So, plan an exciting trip and hide your cell phone at the bottom of your suitcase. The stories you can share from your trip sound better coming from you than your timeline anyway.
There is tremendous healing power in human connection. Human connection calms us, it centers us and it recharges us. Relaxing and recharging on a regular basis keeps you healthy: mind, body, and soul.
Time away from the mundane, the stress, the day in and day out routine of life will just simply make you happy, you will smile, laugh and release the endorphins your body needs to improve your moods, pain receptors, sex drive, appetite and other functions of the central nervous system.
As this New Year begins carve out your game plan and hit the ground running with new energy and new commitments. As you put your plans for the year together, make a promise to your health and wellness that you will use all of your vacation days.
Michelle Dowell-Vest is a Travel Coach and Writer. She is owner of CitiNOOKS.com, an online travel magazine and booking agency. CitiNOOKS.com, inspires you to travel more and often. Afterall, the world is expecting you.