Beach at 6:30 am

Why Do You Travel?

Blue Sky through Palm trees
Blue sky through the palms

Do you travel for business, pleasure, or a mix of both? Millions take to the skies for business, but according to Fortune magazine, 54% of US employees still have vacation time left over at the end of the year. In all, Americans throw away 662 million vacation days! To me, that is insane.

I basically live for my vacations. After my mortgage, bills, and necessities, pretty much everything goes into my travel fund. I have lived with depression and anxiety for more than twenty years, and traveling seems to be the one thing that really pulls me out of darker times.

I am heading to Egypt in October, and it’s a long way away, but just knowing that I will be in the sun with no worries, gives me a boost. I almost always go someplace sunny and warm. Even though I have super pale skin, I slather on my sunscreen and sit in the sun for as long as I can. My co-workers joke that I come back from a week in the Caribbean, only one shade less pale.

I’ve only been on a couple solo trips, and I find I really enjoy it. Traveling with friends or family is fun, but I usually find myself doing what others want to do, rather than what I want to do. Traveling alone relieves that burden, and I can do whatever I want.

I have a pretty laid back style of travel. I’ve been working long enough to get five weeks a year vacation time, and I try to use every one. I like sitting on a lounger, looking up to the sky, lulled by the sound of the ocean waves. I am definitely not the cliff diving, zip lining kind of tourist.

A much younger me, on a horseback riding tip in Ireland
A much younger me, on a horseback riding trip in Ireland

Occasionally I will take a trip that is a little more strenuous than laying on the beach. I’ve read a lot of articles online about jumping from hostel to hostel, and surviving on $25 a day. Honestly, that sounds like my worst nightmare. I’m sure there are people out there who love that, and I wish I had that much energy, but I don’t.

Is there anyone out there who uses travel as a way of coping with depression or anxiety? Do you get a little bump of good days after a trip? I usually go somewhere warm, so being in the sun automatically makes me feel better. If you have similar experiences, I would love to hear from you!

Most of my travel reviews on this blog are about my relaxing travels, where there is a big comfy bed and amazing food. And maybe a spa…

Zillman, Claire 2017 ‘Americans Are Still Terrible at Taking Vacation’, Fortune, 23rd May (

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