Travel , one of 3 best Ways to De-Stress

Stress is a funny thing. While these days we usually consider it a hindrance to our everyday quality of life, it came into existence for the very opposite reason—as an evolutionary survival technique. The feeling we get when we are under stress is actually the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response in action. Originally, (way back when we were cave people) that response was something that could save your life when faced with, say, a cranky sabre-tooth tiger or a woolly mammoth that wanted your campsite for his own.

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The adrenalin stress pushes through your body (the dry mouth, the loss of appetite, the racing heart) is the tool we were given to defend ourselves, either by putting up a fight or running like hell. The problem is that these days, the scarcity of woolly mammoths—or in fact any large animal likely to eat us at any given moment—means that we use that fight or flight response for much more insignificant and non-life-threatening events.

All this means that our bodies are under stress far often than they’re designed to be, which is why we occasionally need to get away on luxurious Fiji holidays or head out to the country where there’s nothing to trigger us off! Here are 3 ways to de-stress, if you’re thinking you might need to.

Meditation

Meditating not only helps to calm the never-ending list of questions and thoughts running through your brain, it can help you feel centred, focused and strong enough to cope with stressful events as they happen, rather than letting them build up and affect your body and mental health.

There are so many ways to meditate, and finding the way that works best for you is key. Do a bit of research into different meditation styles and start practicing a little each night. While it may be hard to quiet your thoughts at first, you’ll eventually get the hang of it!

Exercise

Exercise releases endorphins, which can help clear out that pent-up adrenalin (you know, the stuff that’s not getting used to fight tigers and mammoths!) At least 20 minutes of exercise per day is the perfect way to get on top of stress and keep your body regulating its own adrenalin production. The key is to find an exercise you enjoy—there’s no point doing something each day that you dread, therefore adding to the stress, rather than easing it! Swim, do yoga, play a sport or simply go for a walk with your iPod in and forget about the rest of the world.

Travel

More and more people are turning to travel to try and balance out the stress of their day-to-day lives. While it’s not always possible to jet off to a foreign destination every time you get a high phone bill, having set times where you escape it all not only gives you something to look forward to, it can help you hit pause on the stress-button and regroup your troops, so to speak.

Whether you’re sitting in a quiet hotel or enjoying a vietnam holiday in the Whitsundays, there is something about being geographically removed from your everyday life that can help you become emotionally removed from the stress of it.

5 Tropical Destinations With A Difference

When you hear the words ‘tropical holiday’ your mind immediately goes to secluded beaches, white sand and palm fronds. Without a doubt, all of these elements can make up a fantastic trip, but if you like a little culture with your tropical getaways, we’ve got five destination suggestions that are not only steamy and tropical, but culturally enlightening as well. From Vietnam hotels to Thai street markets, we’ve got the lowdown on tropical vacations with a twist. Are you game?

Vietnam

The stunning southeast Asian jewel of Vietnam is a hotbed of culture, history and scenic vistas that’ll have you wondering how you can swing a permanent move there. After being ravaged by war in the seventies, Vietnam has slowly recovered to become a tourist hotspot ( check more in this website ) . With its steamy, lush forests and extraordinary coastline, its French-influenced cuisine and bustling local villages, Vietnam will enchant and delight.

 Local people on their bicycle along a rice field
Local people on their bicycle along a rice field

Laos

Bordering Vietnam is the tiny nation of Laos, breathtaking in its steamy beauty and perfectly suited for the tourist who wants to experience a slice of southeast Asia without too much Western influence. The capital of Vientiane and nearby city Luang Prabang have incredibly fast-growing tourism industries, so whether you’re wandering through temples or tubing down a secluded river, you’ll love what Laos has to offer.

Darwin

Darwin, in Australia’s North, is a tropical city that stands apart from the crowd. Contemporary Australian culture mixes with ancient indigenous culture in the capital of the Northern Territory, and while it has its fair share of stunning coastal vistas, it also features some of the most exciting (and dangerous) wildlife in the country, including box jellyfish, sea snakes and saltwater crocodiles. Darwin is definitely the place to experience the tropics with some bite.

Zanzibar

For something really different, Zanzibar is a true marvel. Set off the coast of Tanzania in Africa, Zanzibar is an island of exotic spices, pristine beaches and crystal water. Its steamy climate is the perfect setting for exploring the nearby markets or ruins of the old town, and the local culture is interesting enough that you’ll feel like you need an entire month to explore it properly. The epitome of exotic travel, Zanzibar combines all the best elements of a tropical island with all the intrigue and history of ancient Africa.

Bali

A hop, skip and jump away from Australia’s Northwest coast lies Bali, a rich cultural and historical destination that pleases every traveller. Whether you’re hanging out between surfing at your Jimbaran hotel or getting lost in the Hanging Gardens of Ubud, Bali is the ultimate in tropical destinations. Great waves, friendly locals, spiritual ambience and incredibly lush surrounds make Bali the destination of choice for millions of tourists each year.