Should more travel—which naturally also implies “vacationing”—be part of your New Year’s resolution? Well, if you ask me, the answer is a resounding “Yes”, and it’s not just because travelling is fun… ^^

See, it’s simply all too easy for everything we do to become too familiar, too routine. And whether we realize it or not, this kind of monotony can lead to long term problems such as depression. What we really need is the chance to see life as an adventure without having to make drastic changes or do anything dramatic.

In other words: take the time to travel—see new sights, do new things, and put some distance between you and your usual daily worries.

It doesn’t even have to be to somewhere far away and popular like Bali or Thailand. A road trip to Bandung or Bogor if you’re living in Jakarta, for example, can already do wonders—especially if you can spend several days outside the weekends. Just the “staying a couple of days at a hotel” part of travelling can really bring your stress levels down.

You don’t have to wake up early (well, you still might want to catch the breakfast buffet if there is one… but at least you can go back to sleep afterwards with a full stomach), you don’t have to worry about making your bed or doing the laundry, and you don’t even really have to worry about following a schedule: play all day or sleep all day, it doesn’t matter.

So, if you really, really want to de-stress yourself, then make it a point to get out of your home and see the world (even if it’s just a little part of the world that’s not too far from home) at least once a year…

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