In case you needed any extra encouragement (and at the risk of stating something we all already know), there’s a growing amount of evidence to show that holidays really are very good for you!
Two separate scientific studies have recently been published indicating that taking a holiday has a hugely positive effect on both mental and physical wellbeing.
The first study, conducted by the Transamerica Centre for Retirement Studies with the Global Commission on Aging and US Travel Association found that going on holiday reduces the risk of heart attacks and depression, and generally improves overall brain health.
Spending time outdoors
A separate study, conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School, suggests that getting outdoors and spending increased amounts of time near green spaces instantly improves mental health, and the benefits continue over a long period of time. Also, being on holiday away from your daily routine means there are more opportunities to take exercise, often without realising it! A couple laps of the pool, a casual stroll along the beach… it all counts (with the added bonus that walking on sand makes your lower leg and ankle muscles work harder to keep you balanced).
Frankie Robinson, of the British Nutrition Foundation says ‘holidays often inspire you to try out different dishes,’ meaning you’re more likely to eat a wide variety of foods and get the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals we need to feel healthy and fight illnesses.
Another piece of good news is that holidays continue to have positive effects once you’re home. Studies have indicated that recalling happy holiday memories can alter wave patterns in the brain, in a similar way to meditation, making us feel relaxed.
There’s been a lot of coverage in the media recently about us needing more exposure sunlight, particularly in winter months, so our bodies can produce Vitamin D. This helps to strengthen the immune system and also binds calcium to bones. With official confirmation from the met office that November 2015 was the ‘dullest’ month in the UK since records began – we at letsgo2 HQ are all feeling like we need a dose of Vitamin D and perhaps even some Vitman Sea as well!
If you’re also feeling inspired, head over to our special offers page or give one of our friendly team a call on 020 3582 5286 – you could be jetting off for less than you think!