Grove Emotional Health Collaborative



Summer Travel Wellness Tips

By Lindsay Bryan-Podvin, LMSW, therapist at Grove

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day many of us are in “summer mode.” For lots of us, summer is synonymous with travel. Whether it's a drive up north, or a plane ride overseas, here are some of our favorite ideas to help you stay present during your travels.

  1. Change your voicemail and away message before you leave. Nothing puts a damper on a vacation quite like the ping of new work emails and voicemails. Having your away message up also helps your clients and colleagues know you aren’t dismissing them, you are taking your well-deserved vacation time.

  2. Before leaving your house or apartment, strip your bed linens and change out your towels. Prepping your place before you leave means you get to enjoy your vacation a bit more not having to jump back into chore mode immediately when you return from your trip. There is something so comforting about coming home after time away to a freshly made bed and fluffy towels.

  3. Pack the important stuff, and let go of the rest. Medications, ID/passport, credit cards and tickets are must-haves. If your forget to pack toothpaste or enough pairs of socks, take a few deep breaths and use it as an opportunity to explore your new locale as you restock.

  4. Bring a journal and use it. By reflecting on your day, you are able to validate what you experienced and capture the moment with more clarity. Writing is said to be therapeutic and it can help you recall your travels long after the trip ends.

  5. Don’t be afraid to say no. Often when we travel, we feel a pressure to do more things and go more places. If the entirety of your time off is spent in a car checking things off of your to do list, you may not feel as satisfied with your travel. Choose one-to-two things you absolutely want to do each day and let the rest happen organically.

  6. Stay hydrated and well-rested. Traveling, especially across time zones, can be a shock to our bodies. Bring an empty reusable water bottle with you that you can fill up as you go. Grab an eye mask and earplugs if you know that sleeping in a new place is jarring for your body.

  7. Try and pause for a moment each day. Whether that means lingering a little longer at a unique landmark, or savoring a new flavor, allow yourself an extra second or two to enjoy your vacation.

Wishing all of you fulfilling and safe travels this summer!

Carryn Lund