Travel Therapy: Medicine for The Soul

In a society that tells us to hustle and bustle, I never realized how much I needed travel therapy until I started traveling. With each place I travel to, with new friends I make, I collect another piece of myself. I gain an entirely fresh perspective on the world.

Why I Travel

Travel to Belize and snorkeling with Angel.

My taste buds enjoy the exotic tastes of a local meal. My ears are fascinated by the new sounds. My eyes are refreshed by a new view. My nose takes in new fragrances, my mind is distracted from the daily grind, and my entire being takes in my surroundings. I am rejuvenated by the new adventure. I capture the most beautiful moments in my heart so that when I’m old, I will have stories about the world. I will know that I did not stand still, that I explored and enjoyed the playgrounds of this earth (check out our travel music video). I will know that I gave something back to the communities that embraced me! The world needs much more of this.

This is why I travel. For me, it’s a kind of therapy. Every time I open up my heart to a new place, I feel myself transform into a slightly better version of the person I was before. I see this among travelers on my trips as well. They shine brighter, they love deeper, and they embrace life with a big smile. And while it’s something that’s not entirely possible to describe, the feeling I get from seeing this in others is what impassions me as a tour guide.

Travel, for your health’s sake!

Tara in Lesvos Greece. Travel!

I want to see more of this. Half of Americans don’t even take all their paid vacation, according to Market Watch. This means half of Americans stay trapped in their bubbles, in their small corner of the earth, with no fresh perspective, no test of patience or flexibility, nothing new to taste. The simple truth is that traveling is healthy. A study from the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin found that women who vacation at least twice a year are less likely to suffer from depression and chronic stress than women who vacation less than once every two years. Do you need any more encouragement to plan out your next trip?! Here it is: Cornell University found in their study that people receive a direct increase in happiness and satisfaction from just planning a trip! After all, life is short! Let’s Go!

Looking to meet new friends and discover an exotic destination on your next adventure? Check out Tara’s group tours!

About Author

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Tara Menendez
Tara has always had a passion for discovering new cultures, from convincing her mother to host a French exchange student in High School, to studying abroad twice, coordinating exchange programs at her university Study Abroad Center, to spending a month backpacking through Europe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French with a minor in Communications. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who lived in Cameroon, West Africa for two years, she looks forward to guiding you on some exciting adventures that will make the world a bit brighter! She’s also a travel writer/blogger at Eat.Love.Volunteer, business owner, property manager, wifey, dog mom, and humanitarian. Tara lives in Dallas Texas, where she’s happily married to the tech genius who built and maintains this beautiful website!

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