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How Travelling Can Reduce Your Stress and Depression

Yes, Travelling reduces stress and depression. They say life begins when you step out of your comfort zone and traveling challenges you to do just that. When you travel, you’re an explorer not only looking to explore beyond your horizons but also to explore yourself.

As I see it, traveling is taking a break away from harsh realities. The kind of break where you’d want to pause things in life, enjoy, live, go to a different country, meet new people and experience new things.


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1. Start Planning For Travelling


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The simple act of planning a vacation can help keep your mind off things that can otherwise stress you out. Dreaming about where you want to go, or making a bucket-list of your favorite cities and what you will do once you get there can help take your mind off a number of pressing issues that might cause sleeplessness, high blood pressure, and tension.

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2. Diversion


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For a lot of people, vacations or simple weekend getaway plans can help them relieve stress and provide a distraction from their anxious thoughts. Vacations are an exceptional way to help families and couples spend time together away from the everyday pressures of their daily lives. They’re also really beneficial and therapeutic in their own way for people who like to travel alone. The simple act of “getting away from it all” helps people reduce stress and ward off depression, whether it is for a day, a week or a month.

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3. Change of Surroundings


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Travelling reduces stress in so many distinct ways we don’t even realize. When you’re in a new exotic, novel land, the breath of fresh air and sunshine can help your mind be at ease and for your body to experience soothe and calm. Fresh air helps increase the oxygen in our blood and in turn, gives us more energy and brings down stress levels. Likewise, sunshine is a remarkable mood elevator and can help you recover from a depressive mood. What’s more is that when you’re on vacation, you partake in leisurely, recreational, undemanding activities which is one of the finest ways to contribute towards decreasing one’s tensions and apprehensiveness.

4. Self Discovery


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Traveling helps to boost up confidence and conviction in oneself which is an important element when recovering from depression. Additionally, traveling brings you the gift of valuable memories which make you smile every time you look at them and even if, for a moment, it helps you escape your troubles. Since traveling pushes you out of your comfort zone, it helps you in developing a better, stronger version of yourself. It helps you work on your insecurities, overcome self-doubt, and release your inhibitions.

Not only that but sometimes the chaos of life can trap you in a cage of hopelessness and despair but traveling is the key you need to open that cage and free yourself. Even more so, some therapists suggest traveling reduces stress

Traveling can set you at ease with yourself and the people around you. With some splendid new experiences, the discovery of various cultures and interacting with people outside of your own ethnicity can help end your vicious cycle of social withdrawal. Traveling heals your inner soul and strengthens you. Often all you need is the spark to fight and traveling is that spark. 

Traveling helps you in wrapping up some good time and precious memories. So plan, travel and say goodbye to that stress.


Whether one spends their time learning a language, going on shopping sprees, making the most out of the vibrant, notorious nightlife, surfing or sitting on the beach, mountain climbing, riding frightening roller coasters, visiting contemporary art galleries, or just stuffing on food, they’re doing what they enjoy the most which are enough to keep them from having distressing, agitating thoughts. Not to forget, the inkling of freedom that one feels when they’re miles away from their own home, where they are sleeping in and staying up late, dismissing their curfew, not paying heed to deadlines or weekend-consuming assignments or pending work, or simply put, when they are doing whatever they want to do, significantly helps in keeping stress levels at bay. 

The whole point of a vacation is to get away from a daily hectic schedule. To enjoy your vacation to the fullest, put your cell phones and laptop away, go on a social media hiatus if you have to but make sure when you’re done, you made the most out of it.


Simply put, the notion of traveling lightens up the positivity and energy in oneself. Traveling excites and enlivens an individual, putting them in healthier, stress-free environments, and rewarding them with unforgettable, adventurous experiences.


The world is yours to see, to replace your fear of the unknown and feed your curiosity; it’s a journey of a thousand miles and more and it awaits you.


Author Bio:

Currently a student of English Literature, in his final years, James Martin is passionate about writing his thoughts into words. He takes up writing projects in his leisure time to accompany his studies. Generally, understands the essence of writing on every topic, but especially those that relate to his field. He regularly writes at


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    Ameer Hamza
    July 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Very Informative. Thanks for the post 🙂

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