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Short Trips Can Provide Safer Travel And Boost Your Mental Health

The shorter the better: ‘Quickie trips’ are trending as a majority of Americans look to travel this summer with added precautions.

Dr. Mike Dow, brain-health expert, explains how short getaways can help you travel safely, while boosting your mental health.

After months of quarantine, Americans are reporting feelings of isolation, burnout, and a need for a break, but have yet to take one.A new survey conducted by leading discount travel website Hotwire reveals that the majority of Americans haven’t taken a vacation day since the start of COVID-19, but interest in local travel and shorter trips is rapidly growing.

In fact, 72% of Americans are still planning or are interested in summer travel this year, despite taking added precautions to stay healthy.

As people slowly look to test the travel waters, Hotwire has teamed up with brain-health expert and New York Times Best Selling Author, Dr. Mike Dow, Psy.D., Ph.D. to share how to be prepared, not scared when traveling, and why short “quickie” trips can have significant positive effects on one’s mental health.

Hotwire reports that almost 90% of Americans are taking travel precautions this summer, such as traveling more by car, staying close to home, and keeping trips short, with the majority most looking forward to visiting friends and family. The online travel site’s survey also found that:

  • 62% haven’t taken a vacation day since the start of COVID-19, and 12% have only taken one;
  • 81% of Americans agree that quick, local trips are the perfect way to test the water before investing in a longer vacation;
  • 67% agree that it’s just not summer without a vacation;
  • Americans believe the top three health benefits of a quick trip include mental recharge (51%), reduced stress (50%) and better mood (44%);
  • 86% prefer short trips to long ones, especially because they’re cheaper (43%), less stressful to plan (39%), and are easier to coordinate (31%).

“Quarantine has made us stir crazy, and that’s probably putting it lightly,” said Dr. Dow. “We’ve heard everyone talk about flattening the COVID curve, but it’s also important to flatten the mental health curve. It’s understandable to feel a bit nervous, but staying close to home and limiting your trip duration are key to reaping the rewards of travel while staying safe and saving money! Travel, especially quick, local getaways, are a valuable way to balance our physical health with our mental health, and can increase connections in our brain, thereby improving both our current and future mood — so quickie getaways are actually an investment in your long-term well-being.”

Dr. Dow says that the most important thing to remember before booking any trip is research the most recent local or regional travel recommendations in both your city, as well as your destination. Also, consider booking a trip shortly before departure, so there’s no risk of your plans changing due to unexpected travel restrictions.

Last-minute deals on Hotwire give you the flexibility to book a trip on the fly, while saving more money than ever. For more information on traveling smart and safely, visit Hotwire’s FAQ.

Craving a quickie getaway of your own? Hotwire’s everyday Hot Rates® offer one-of-a-kind deals by revealing the hotel name after you book, adding to the thrill of your next trip and providing savings of up to 55% off published rates. If you’re not quite ready to travel yet, their exclusive deals will be ready when you are on the Hotwire app or their website.

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