If the stressful news cycle has you dreaming of burying your toes in the sand at the beach, you’re not alone. In one recent survey, almost 70% of Americans said they miss traveling.
There’s psychology behind why some people are so programmed to be jet-setters: Being in new places and sharing new experiences with friends and family can fulfill innate desires for self-esteem, self-actualization and belonging. For many, traveling is a primary way of relaxing, unwinding and disconnecting from the daily grind. For others, it’s a way to connect on a deeper level with loved ones who live on opposite sides of the country or globe.
The good news is that it’s never too early to start preemptive vacation planning. Here are five tips for would-be travelers craving rest, relaxation and the stimulation of new surroundings . . .