How Can Travel Help Me With My Mental Health?

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Hi, I am a Travel & Tourism Specilaist, Advisor & Blogger. I know that most people loves to travel and try new things but do you know that travel can help you to improve your mental health? I personally think that most of us are throught a lot with our meantal health, could be depression, anxiety, stress and so much more. Here, in this post I will share with you what I have laerned in my carrer and research that I have done, so you can be sure that all the information shared here is certain.

Traveling can improve your mental health by: Helping you feel calm. Taking time from work to see new places releases the stress you’ve been holding onto. Relieving the tension and stress of your work life lets your mind relax and heal.

What Motivates Travelers?

Think about the last time you bought a big-ticket item like a car, new furniture, a brand-new wardrobe, or a trip. If you’re like most buyers, you were motivated to make the purchase because of two basic need categories: technical and psychological.

  1. Technical needs are those that emphasize the features or physical aspects of your purchase. If you’re buying a car, you might need an SUV for a large family or a four- wheel-drive vehicle for mountainous terrain. If you’re buying a trip, you might need a round-trip ticket to Miami with two nights accommodations close to the beach for less than $500.

2. Psychological needs emphasize aspects you can’t see or touch—the basic motives or drives that influence your purchase. It’s certainly a challenge to understand motives and needs because of the sheer number of them! Vacation travelers might be looking for intellectual stimulation, to meet new friends, for a new experience, or just to take a much-needed rest…

Psychological needs are always more difficult to understand and define than technical needs.

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ABRAHAM MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS:

Abraham Maslow, a noted psychologist. Maslow completed extensive studies in what motivates people, and he focused on travelers in particular. His theories help travel agents understand who their clients are and why they want to travel. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs considers five types of needs that motivate people. The needs near the top of this pyramid can motivate people only if the lower, more basic needs are satisfied.

This hierarchy provides a useful framework to understand what generally motivates people. While travel ranks high on this scale—travel falls in the self-actualization category—strong arguments could be made that travel can be a basic physiological need. Only after the basic needs have been met—physiological, safety, social, and ego—are people motivated to travel for grander reasons. 

One way people can increase their self-esteem is through travel. Many people feel happy of where they’ve been, and they enjoy sharing stories about their travels with others. Travel also helps people realize their potential (self-actualization), which is the highest need. Travelers often attempt to do things that they ordinarily wouldn’t do if they stayed at home. Prime examples are adventure trips that challenge people’s stamina and physical well-being.

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Travel is great for relieving stress and improving your general outlook on life that helps you with your mental health in different ways. According to a 2013 study with people aged 25 to 70+, 80% of respondents said travel improves their general mood and outlook on life with 75% of respondents also saying travel helps them reduce stress. World Travel & Tourism Council.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) describes mental health as “a state of well-being in which an individual realises his or her own abilities”, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution. Travel is a great way to maintain mental wellbeing and, by extension, it contributes to have a happier life.

Hope you enjoyed the post and learned a little bit more of how can travel help you…

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Stacey M.

(Travel & Tourism Specialist)