3 Reasons You Should Travel for Your Mental Health

Traveling and seeing new places can not only be fun and exciting, but rejuvenating as well, and it may be just what you need to escape the stresses of ordinary life temporarily. This article will discuss some of the main reasons why you should consider getting away for a bit so that you can improve your mental health.

1. Traveling Helps Take Your Mind Off of Things

Going to a new destination can be an effective way to shift your focus towards something that boosts your mood rather than the stress that has been bogging you down.

It’s essentially an extended break from the responsibilities and obligations you might have in your daily life, but it also keeps you busy and on the move – after all, you’re not just going to sit in a hotel room the entire time.

Even the planning process can be therapeutic in its own right because it gives you something meaningful to look forward to and this can be a healthy distraction.

2. Traveling Creates New Experiences

Going to foreign places lets people get out of the comfort zones by meeting new people and experiencing food, music, and other cultural aspects that you may have never known existed.

Traveling gives you the courage to try things you’ve never done before, like touring a small country on a motorized bicycle, going skydiving, and eating exotic food. Being in a foreign country gives you anonymity and a feeling of freshness that somehow helps reduce your hesitation and increase your confidence to seek new and exciting adventures.

These new experiences can sometimes provide an opportunity for people to reinvent themselves because traveling can give them a new perspective on life that they can take with them back home, along with the photos, souvenirs, and other memories you’ve gained during your visit.

Who knows, you might even develop a new passion for traveling and make it a regular thing so that you can enjoy these experiences that can help you continue developing as a person and expand your mind.

Traveling Can Help You Solve Problems & Be More Resilient

Although traveling is all about fun and relaxing first, you will most likely run into some challenges along the way that could potentially set you back or throw you off course.

For example, you might be lost in a foreign country and unable to read to speak the language, and this can be a dreadful experience, but there is still a lot you can take out of these situations that you can’t always plan for.

Overcoming these challenges can be intimidating, but you will adapt, and importantly, the lessons you learn while abroad are also things you can take home and it can help you become a better problem-solver.

3. Is Traveling A Replacement For Therapy?

While traveling can be a wonderful way to get away from stress and other problems you might be having back home, and there are lasting positive changes it can have on your well-being, it’s not a substitute for valuable coping skills that you can learn to help you manage stress.

A qualified counselor or therapist can teach you what you need to know so you can confront your problems rather than try to escape from them, and by doing so, this allows you to fully enjoy your travels and not have to dread about going back home when it’s time to, and this can help improve your overall outlook on life.

MyTherapist makes getting assistance simple, and with the click of a button you can start getting connected to licensed professionals. Online therapy is convenient and flexible, and can fit within any busy schedule, and if you really wanted to, you could even stay in touch with your therapist while you are traveling. It’s that easy with MyTherapist!


Whether it’s to a different state or a different country, stepping foot into an unfamiliar environment or even revisiting a place you’ve really enjoyed can make a difference in your overall mental health. From your mood to your entire perspective on life, traveling can make you appreciate things much more beyond sightseeing, and hopefully, when you plan your next trip, you can look forward to some of the benefits of traveling that sometimes go overlooked.

Author bio:
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.

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