Holidays For Mental Health: Why Now is Actually a Good Time to Start Planning a Trip

11th May 2020


It's easy to understand why holidays are good for our mental health, but even the act of dreaming and researching your next getaway can get you feeling happy. With the federal and state governments laying out plans to ease travel restrictions, now is a great time to start dreaming, researching and planning, even if you're a few weeks or even months away from booking. Let's face it, we could all use something to look forward to.

This pandemic has had an impact on more than just our physical wellbeing. Isolation has also impacted our mental health. However there are small steps that we can all take to help improve our mood. We're all eager for a change of scenery, and we're not just talking about the local park. What we need is something to look forward to. Planning a trip, even for later in the year, will do wonders for your mindset.

We're on the right track

The government's announcement of its Three-Stage COVIDSafe Plan for Australia has brought some much needed hope to the travel industry and Aussies itching for a holiday. While the exact dates when restrictions will ease are different for each state, we know it won't be long until we can pack our suitcases again. Australia has been wonderful at banding together to overcome this crisis and it's clear that our country is keen to travel again. Soon enough our borders will reopen for domestic travel, and we'll be able to hit the open road to explore our homegrown attractions.

If your holiday aspirations were a little further abroad this year, don't despair. Although it's disappointing that your overseas trip has been postponed, there is still light at the end of the tunnel. You'd be surprised how many similar places there are in Australia that could help ease the disappointment of having to wait for international recovery. If you had your heart set on the beautiful beaches of Bali, consider an escape to the tropical Whitsundays. Perhaps the rolling hills of Tuscany were calling your name, the next best thing can be found right here in the Hunter Valley.

Right now it's all about focusing on the positives, so while you may not be packing your passport anytime soon, there's no reason why you can't indulge in the pleasure of a pre-taste of your dream trip. It could be just what the doctor ordered for getting your heart and mind back to happier times.

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Unprecedented flexibility

As much as we might be desperate to get away, without exact dates to plan around it can make it difficult to make a decision or feel comfortable committing to anything. Travel companies are offering an unprecedented amount of flexibility to book now and travel at a later date, and there are some amazing deals to be found. You don't necessarily need to know your exact dates, just pick a destination you've always wanted to visit and begin the research process, so you're ready to book when the time is right.

So, rather than spending your isolation endlessly trawling Netflix, why not use this time to plan your perfect holiday. The internet has endless amounts of travel resources available to inspire and assist you in planning your ideal trip. You can watch Youtube videos, listen to podcasts, read travel blogs, forums and reviews, as well as research the best restaurants and attractions. Jot down all of the places you want to visit and use this to map out your dates and itinerary.

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Amazing deals on offer

When restrictions ease, and the demand for travel increases, airlines and hotels will be competing for traveller's dollars. Which means your holiday could be more affordable than ever before.

Last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce, suggested that domestic airfares could be on sale for as low as $19 once restrictions ease.

"On Melbourne-Sydney you could see Jetstar have $39 airfares, you could see $19 airfares and we'll still cover our cash costs on those flights," Alan Joyce said.

Alan Joyce also stated that there is a "light at the end of the tunnel" with the hopes of travel restrictions being lifted soon.

"Australia has done an amazing job of flattening the curve and we're optimistic that domestic travel will start returning earlier than first thought" he said.

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Although the world is a bit of a strange place right now, it's also far too beautiful to be left unexplored. Life is meant to be spent well-travelled and when things return to normal and you're ready to get out of the house and book your next escape, we'll be here for you.

About The Author

Brittany Balcomb

Brittany Balcomb

Digital Content Writer • 26 Countries Visited • 3yrs Industry Experience
Travel addict and brunch enthusiast, Brittany Balcomb brings her creative flair and incurable case of wanderlust to the TravelOnline team in her role as a Digital Content Writer. Lover of adventure holidays and beachside escapes, Brittany enjoys weekend road trips to the coast and exploring destinations off the beaten track.