Tips for Travelling with Mental-Wellbeing in Mind


Travel can be a wonderful way to experience new cultures and broaden our perspectives. However, it can also be stressful and taxing on both our mental and physical health. As we plan exciting trips abroad, it’s important to also consider how to care for our overall well-being along the journey. Here are some tips you can take onboard.

1.Consult Health Experts

Meeting with knowledgeable health providers before extended travel can help you prepare logistically and mentally. For example, you could search online for ‘functional medicine UK’ or ‘functional medicine near me’. Functional nutritionists, such as those at Urban Wellness, can provide personalised lifestyle, dietary and supplement recommendations tailored to your health status and travel plans based on the principles of functional medicine.

This specialised counsel aims to empower you to proactively support well-being throughout your journey.

2.Pack Strategically

Carefully curate your luggage to avoid overpacking. Include essential prescription medications with extras in case of travel delays. Pack comfortable, breathable clothing suitable for activities and climate. Travel-sized toiletries and first aid kits save space while providing necessary supplies if needed. Planning ahead reduces stress while travelling.

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3.Build in Rest Days

Balance exciting excursions with quiet rejuvenation days. Use downtime to catch up on sleep, nourish your body with healthy foods, soak up the local culture at a relaxed pace, or simply relax with a good book. You’ll return home less exhausted and with a fuller memory bank.

4.Connect with Locals

Immersing yourself in local communities creates rich travel experiences. Patronise small businesses, restaurants, and shops. Chat with residents and fellow travellers you meet. Show interest in cultural traditions and everyday life. These meaningful connections build empathy and often lead to unexpected adventures.

5. Focus on Experiences

Curate your itinerary based on unique cultural experiences rather than tourist hotspots. Attend a local festival, take a specialised tour or class to learn a new skill, dine where locals eat, wander through off-beat neighbourhoods, or gain perspectives from marginalised communities.

These personal experiences often resonate deeper than hurriedly checking items off a sightseeing list before catching the next flight.

6.Unplug Periodically

While apps and mobile devices provide useful navigation, translation, recommendations, and memories, don’t let technology dominate the entirety of your trip. Set designated digital free times to simply sit in a park people watching, get lost meandering colourful alleyways, strike up a conversation with a stranger, or quietly reflect on new perspectives gained.

These technology breaks allow deeper immersion and self-discovery.

7. Respect Cultural Norms

When visiting foreign countries, be aware of and sensitive to cultural practices and social norms that may be different from your own. For example, certain behaviours, dress, gestures, or conversational topics that are acceptable in your home country may be considered offensive elsewhere. Do some research beforehand and ask the locals if you are ever unsure. An open and respectful attitude goes a long way.

Though travel requires planning, the most meaningful journeys often detour from strict itineraries. With an open mind, kind heart, and care for your holistic health, you’re sure to have an enriching trip wherever you roam. Bon voyage!

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.