Great question! There are so many amazing benefits to travel. To get my perspective on the healing effects of 3 weeks in Indonesia click here to read my blog on that very subject. If you don't have time for all that here are 5 physical and emotional benefits to travel:
1. Travel improves brain function and sharpness. Thats right, you spend A LOT of time on autopilot. Being dropped into a new environment gets those cells fired up again. Forced to navigate a strange place and engage in a foreign language, eat different foods, have a new sleeping schedule will shake that routine right up. Like a workout for your mind, upon return home you'll feel sharper than ever, ready to organize and take on new tasks with efficiency.
2. An opportunity to try new things. So eat that grasshopper, leap off that cliff at the waterfall and take the traditional Balinese dance class! Cultural immersions will help you relate to the local people and others who have traveled and had similar experiences. Being a well rounded individual will also help your self confidence and to pursue passions you may never knew you had. Maybe you love chocolate covered grasshoppers and discover that base jumping is your new favorite hobby. DO IT!
3. Sunshine and movement. Exploring a new city is like a free gym membership. I walked an average of 7 miles a day while in Indonesia without even trying. That paired with the sunshine, swimming, hiking and checking out local yoga studios had my natural endorphins flowing and will have you ready to explore every corner of this strange place you've found yourself in. Bonus: did you know Asia has one of the highest life expectancy and lowest obesity rates in the world. So enjoy that gelato, it's hot and you've earned it.
4. Meet new people. Probably my favorite one on this list as my passion is connection, especially being a catalyst for making those connections. Retreats and travel offer the opportunity to get to know people who are both very different from you and also the chance to make friends with those who share similar interests. Who couldn't use a new friend?!
5. Come home refreshed and renewed. We all know the burnt out feeling, even teaching yoga can get monotonous if I don't take the time to pause and reflect every once in a while. Getting away even just for a few days will rejuvenate your positivity and productivity. Breaking up the monotony of daily life will reduce stress and give you the chance to share your excitement for having gone somewhere new.
Mexico Adventure Retreat
LA Paz, Mexico•Fall 2018
A mirage of beauty, located just 45 minutes south of La Paz lies a secluded paradise retreat center called Palapas las Ventanas. This retreat is a true adventure; in addition to daily yoga and meditation classes, optional fitness classes and healthy meals you'll have a bevvy of adventures to choose from including: stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, swimming with whale sharks, fishing (oh yeah, totally serious!), whale watching, group fitness classes, tanning and relaxing on a private beach, exploring our little corner of paradise and so much more! On this adventure you're welcome to do as much or as little as you like. A true create-your-own-adventure style retreat.
BALI SPIRIT RETREAT
Ubud, Bali (indonesia) • April 1-8, 2019
Luxurious stay at one of Ubud's elite retreat centers, daily meals, yoga & meditation classes with journaling prompts throughout the week, epic excursions , ecstatic dance class, and professional photos by Bronwyn Huddleson Photography so you can leave the phone behind and focus on living in the moment on the Island of the Gods.
The Road Not Taken
BY ROBERT FROST
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.