• Rachel Measures

Here’s Why Planning a Trip Can Help Your Mental Health


With the final term of university coming up and summer just around the corner, I’m sure many of us are dreaming of the perfect getaway.


Whether you’re planning a great big summer holiday, a weekend trip or even a day trip in England, both planning the trip and experiencing it can do worlds of good for your mental health.


How planning trips helps:


Planning can reduce your anxiety.


Knowing how you’re going to get to a place, and where you’re going to stay and all the items that make up an itinerary can be super useful, especially if you’re new to travelling or anxious in nature.


Spending quality time planning can make sure that you feel one hundred percent in control as soon as you set off on your trip.


Having something to look forward to.


As humans, we spend a lot of time looking to the future. Many of us find having something to look forward to, a trip or an event keeps us upbeat and reminds us that a bad day is only that, a day and that better days are on their way.


This is certainly something we’ve experienced throughout the pandemic, waiting for better days to come, and now they’re here we can go and enjoy the world again.


Destressing


Taking time to plan and go on a trip allows for a break from everyday life, and an escape to somewhere different can provide distance, clarity, and perspective with things that you might be struggling with or stressed about.


Not to mention, having the time to explore somewhere new can help your mind to relax while you take in the day and the activities.


Mood boosting


Not only does a trip help you to relax and destress, but it can also improve your mood and self-confidence – ticking a destination off your bucket list can be both satisfying and fulfilling.


Resilience


Going on a trip can help with your mental resilience. It can push you out of your comfort zone in unfamiliar places and enable situations that require specific problem-solving. Experiences like this can help you grow and navigate different situations, while helping you to practice patience, flexibility, and relinquishing control.



So, there are some great reasons to get planning a trip, but what if your student loan is running thin, or your salary just isn’t enough to warrant a big holiday? Don’t worry here’s a couple of tips to help you get the cheapest holiday.



How to travel on a budget:


Research.


Now that you’ve learned how good for your mental health trip planning is, get researching where you want to go and what you want to see. Read about other people’s experiences or their recommendations.


Hearing from other people can help you narrow down what you want to do, what you might be best to avoid and hidden gems that you would never have known about otherwise.


Book everything yourself.


It can be scary but if you book your hotel, your transport and everything else separately, you’re likely to save loads compared to a big all-inclusive holiday. Plus, you’ll be able to find those quirky, interesting, hard to find places that you might miss otherwise.


Another tip here is to use a credit card when booking everything as this provides you a little bit more insurance should anything go wrong with your booking or if anything gets cancelled.


Cheap flights.


If you have a weekend in mind, even if it’s in two weeks’ time, get onto Skyscanner. Their website is the best for locating cheap flights from and to anywhere, and if you’re not bothered about where you go, you can search ‘to everywhere’ and all the cheapest flights will come up.


Airbnb’s.


For hotels, book Airbnb’s. You can find these all over the UK and abroad, and by reading reviews and doing a little bit of research, you can find the coolest, yet cheapest and safest places to stay.


Travel with the right people.


Make sure the people you decide to go on a trip with are the ones that want to do similar things to you and have your back throughout the whole experience.



Now you’ve learned why to plan a trip, and how to plan it on a budget, so all you have to do now is go for it. Your mental health will thank you.

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