Are Holidays Essential?
In a Post Pandemic World are Holidays Really Essential?
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Sailing – The Safest Holiday after the Pandemic Crisis
Will the Pandemic Change How Way We Holiday
What’s the safest holiday in a post Coronavirus reality
The Covid-19 Pandemic will change the world. In what way, and to what extent, are still open to speculation. We ask if it will change the way people go on holiday and we’re presenting reasons why sailing is possibly the safest holiday in a post covid-19 world.
We look briefly at the history of our getaways and explore just how necessary psychologists think they are.
What is Essential
“Travel has a positive effect on health, relationships, business performance and the well-being of communities.”
As we progress from the pandemic crisis, it is likely we will need to decide what is essential for quite a time to come. For many holidays have been put on hold indefinitely. For some that means no planning, no anticipation and less to look forward to.
What we’ve long known anecdotally, we will now prove through authoritative research: travel has a positive effect on health, relationships, business performance and the well-being of communities. ~ Roger Dow, president and CEO of the US Travel Association.
Studies by Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, and tour operator Kuoni, conducted a study and discovered there are significant effects of not going on holiday. They discovered those who didn’t go away for a break had higher blood pressure, didn’t sleep as well and had higher levels of stress. Travel can make you mentally sharper and more creative A study found that three days after vacation, travellers felt well-rested, less anxious, and in a better mood.
Sailing the Safest Holiday in a Post Covid-19 World
A Quick History of Travel
Travelling has been essential since the Roman Times
Holidays create some of our best memories, alongside births, weddings and celebrations of life.
To know how this all began, we need to go back a long way, in this case, to at least the Ancient Romans who, when they weren’t busy conquering most of the known world, were known for their hedonistic ways. Once they got bored of gladiator fights and filling their faces until they were sick, they created the concept of what now think of as a holiday?
More recently, the industrial revolution of the 18th Century gave rise to the modern concept of holidays and vacations. Labor Day in the US dates back to the late 19th century celebrating the contributions and achievements of American workers following strikes and protests. Through this, the idea of a “Workingmen’s Holiday” seeded or caught on in other industrialised countries across the world.
Are Holidays Essential?
How a Holiday can affect your every day life
Research regularly shows that time off work, doing something you enjoy, has physical and psychological health benefits. People who take vacations have lower stress, less risk of heart disease, a better outlook on life, and more motivation to achieve goals. Finding the safest holiday will help us achieve all the above.
Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine, University of California and Harvard found that just six days away triggers genetic changes which dampens stress, boosts the immune system and lowers levels of proteins linked to dementia and depression. If you’re feeling low or going through a particularly bad period in your life, travel can provide a temporary respite and help nurse you back to mental health.
A Closer Look at Essentiality
Holidays help us de-stress
The concept of essential is now a topic of debate and the various lobbies compete for their government’s support, intervention, or preferential treatment. Garden Centres telling us that our gardens are essential for our mental health, that shops selling gym equipment are essential, that parks and public are essential.
There has been little mention of holidays and vacations in the “essential” category, there is a good case there should be.
It’s reasonable to suggest that travel helps us de-stress, because we do things that give us pleasure and distract our mind. Travel delivers that much needed escape from intensive modern lifestyles. It follows that looking forward to a holiday can offer the same, or even greater benefits.
Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it, the next wish is to change again. ~ Samuel Johnson
The Joy of Anticipation
Planning a holiday gives us pleasure and distracts our mind
Research has shown anticipating something is a powerful, positive emotion that can help us live happier lives. Two US researchers Van Boven and Ashworth (2007) wanted to test a hypothesis that anticipation arouses more intense emotion than retrospection.
They wanted to test if people enjoy looking forward to things much more than looking back on them afterwards?
They found that although nostalgia can be part of a happy life they showed there is much to be said for anticipating events, to the extent that it can help improve people’s well-being.
‘Our research suggests that the enjoyment people glean from anticipation might also be an important component of life satisfaction.’
Whether it’s choosing a new novel to read or planning the safest holiday to an exotic destination, we feel really good when we say, ‘Think about the enjoyment we’re going to have’ compared to, ‘Think about how much fun we had last time’.
It’s reasonable to suggest that travel helps us de-stress, because we do things that give us pleasure and distract our mind. Travel delivers that much needed escape from intensive modern lifestyles. It follows that looking forward to a holiday can offer a great deal to our well-being.
Sailing – The Safest Holiday in a Post Covid-19 World
Stay Safe and Travel with Close Family & Friends
Reducing the number of people you interact with is at the heart of social distancing measures. It makes sense, for a while at least, to confine yourself to a more limited group.
For our clients, life aboard a yacht, where every cabin has a seaview and you get to swim in the world’s biggest pool in semi-isolation.
‘Even after the worst storms, the sun will shine again’ – Kathryn Shirey
Lockdowns, measures, travel bans, cancellations – we’ve all experienced difficult times, full of uncertainty.
‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’ – Martin Luther King Jr
The Team here is staying positive and has been working on ways to keep you motivated and assist you with finding the safest holiday to meet your requirements. With summer just around the corner, everyone’s thinking – or at least dreaming – of a relaxing holiday, away from all worries. But Is it Safe to Travel in a Post Covid-19 World?
Of course, if you go Sailing. We’ve prepared a list of Reasons Why sailing is the Safest Holiday in a Post Covid-19 World.
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