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Sep 25 / Amy

Travel is good for you, no seriously.

The thought of traveling somewhere makes me happy. I mean, really happy.  Whenever I add some place new to “the list” I get excited. I know the likelihood of hitting them all isn’t high, but I like having options.

I’m seriously giddy when it comes to planning our trip to Australia.  I cannot wait to book our hotel room. I cannot wait to purchase our Bridge Climb tickets. I cannot wait to book our camper van.  It’s getting close to when I can, since most won’t let you book too far in advance.  Ah!

I’ve always thought planning vacations made me happy – but never put much thought into why.  Then I came across this article about a research study that took place in Australia. Through their research, they found that planning and taking vacations made people happier.

“According to the study, vacations provide three main elements of happiness. Firstly, the thought of going on a vacation evokes positive emotions like joy, interest, love and contentment in the traveller. While the second benefit is that it gives them a sense of purpose and finally it increases a sense of involvement.”

As simple and as obvious as it seems, taking vacations is healthy for you.

“…the motivation for the trip, the interesting time spent at the destination, and then reminiscing about it by looking at holiday snaps is a euphoric experience that goes a long way in reducing stress levels and energizing a person.”

All of the above is definitely true for me, and the thought of spending time somewhere (especially Australia) and creating memories with Josh really excites me. I don’t know many people who have spent New Years in the Sydney Harbour, and looking back on that experience throughout our lives together is going to be one of the highlights of our memories.

I love travel. And I’m so glad it’s good for me. 🙂

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  1. Heather / Sep 25 2010

    Thank goodness it’s good for us 🙂 Can’t wait for you two to join me in Oz!

  2. Ali / Oct 6 2010

    I love how traveling makes the world seem less huge and intimidating, almost conquerable. With enough time and planning, you can go anywhere.

    I’m excited that you and Josh are planning this badass trip. It’s going to be nothing short of amazing.

  3. Amy / Oct 6 2010

    Heather – we can’t wait either! 437 days!

    Ali – I agree, with enough planning you can do anything and go any where! Working on finalizing a few more details in the coming months, so at that point most of it will be planned! 🙂

  4. JH / Dec 30 2010

    How is it that you dont have a page on this blog of a list the places you want to travel to? I must see that list!

    • Amy / Jan 10 2011

      Oh Jeff, it’s in another post, but you’re right, it would probably be good to have it on another page that’s easier to find!

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