The Mental Health Benefits of Travel: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek


The Mental Health Benefits of Travel: #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

It’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek once again. An essential time when people in any setting can sit down and discuss the importance of mental health discussion. For a lot of people, travel isn’t just a happy time to take a holiday, or a chance to lounge around on a beach soaking up the sun; It’s a period of their lives they can use to relax and recover mentally and to take a break from whatever mental issues are troubling them.

In the same breath, we’re in a pretty depressing time right now globally; With the global travel market on temporary hiatus, a lot of people who are struggling no longer have the option to jump on a plane or a boat and get away for a while.

This is why we can’t wait for the day the world opens up again and we get to offer you the chance to travel to your heart’s content. With this in mind and because we support #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, here are just some of the mental health benefits of travel


As we’ve just discussed, one of the key components of adventure travel, and travel in all its forms, for a lot of people is the chance to escape.

Sometimes our personal and/or professional lives can get too much, and that’s ok. The important thing is to now allow it to overwhelm us to the point of no return.

Escaping to a new location and taking some much needed time for ourselves really is the ultimate getaway… literally! Allowing ourselves to let go of our usual surroundings and become completely immersed in a new location, culture or landscape can do wonders for both the body and the mind.

If you want to escape when this madness is all over, keep an eye on @WhereaboutsHols and we’ll be happy to take you there.


Unless you’ve been completely ignoring the science over the past few years, you’ll be well-aware that exercise has been proven to drastically improve mental health issues and decrease the impact of conditions such as anxiety and depression.

But there are countless different forms of exercise, each with their own merits and pitfalls. For someone looking for the right kind of exercise to complement their own mental health, this can make choosing a sport or form of exercise very difficult.

Walking and hiking are common favourites, as they combine exercise with the benefits of the point we discussed above. This is what makes a walking holiday in Europe a perfect choice to help your overall mental state. The positive endorphins released by your brain during walking alongside the vast and beautiful views you’re likely to find at any Whereabout Holidays location makes for the perfect beneficial adventure holiday combo.

Fulfilling Your Goals

Sometimes it’s not everything around us that’s getting us down, but everything that’s not happening. If we don’t feel as though life is leading somewhere, or that we’re stuck not being able to fulfil our goals, aspirations or dreams, this can be an incredibly depressing feeling.

For a lot of people, travel comes very highly ranked on their respective bucket lists, and for good reason! Seeing parts of the world you’ve always dreamed of can be such a fulfilling feeling, both in practice and retrospect; Do you really want to look back 20 years from now and say, “I wish I’d have taken that trip. It would have been amazing!” We’re guessing not.

Plus, if travel really is on your long-term goals list, the sense of accomplishment you’ll receive by ticking off such a big dream will undoubtedly make you feel a heck of a lot better. So when all this mess is said and done, be sure to tick your dream adventure holiday in Europe off your list with Whereabouts Holidays.

Peace and Tranquility

The world can be very loud at times. Whether it’s at work or at home, sometimes all we really want to do is reach for the volume controls and turn them all the way down to zero, right? Unfortunately, the world doesn't work like that.

But there are places in the world you can go to find this sense of peace and tranquility for yourself and really recharge your mental batteries. Places like the Zell am See Panoramas in Austria are ideal for those looking to soak up the most gorgeous views and find themselves at one with their surroundings, especially if traveling alone or with minimal walking partners.

If you want to have a look for your perfect peaceful getaway, head over to and browse through our awesome collection of walking and adventure holidays. We’re sure there will be something to suit your taste and your escape.

Self Motivation

Allowing our minds to get the better of us is never a state we should want to find ourselves in because it can lead to a downward spiral of depression that’s dangerously difficult to escape from, even for the most mentally-hardened of us.

Making the choice to travel and giving ourselves the freedom to do something a little different can be a hugely motivational experience; It’s proof that we aren’t limited to our usual day-to-day schedule and that we do, in fact, have control over our lives and our decisions - a feeling that some of us forget sometimes.

So if you’re finding yourself lacking inspiration, give yourself the jolt in the arm you deserve when the world finally gets back to normal and book yourself on the adventure holiday you’ve always dreamed of.

Speaking of which, we’ll be keeping you up to date on any and all developments from the travel world, just keep an eye on @WhereaboutsHols to find out more.