A positive outcome of this generation’s willingness to talk more openly about mental health has been the sharing of tactics used to increase one’s happiness. A well-documented strategy to having work-life balance is travel. Whether it’s joining a group trip to a new region, WWOOFing on a farm in the middle of Australia, studying abroad in Japan for a semester, meeting up with an internet penpal, or visiting a pink cafe for the ‘gram, exploring other countries is an important form of self-care.
In an attempt to see a new part of the world and work on giving myself an increase of dopamine, I joined Contiki’s Israel and Jordan Uncovered group tour. The friendly community I encountered on this journey boosted my mood to a level I hadn’t felt in a long time due to depression and anxiety. It was through this experience that I proved to myself that group travel can actually be good for your mental health.