Health benefits of short Holidays

HEALTH BENEFITS OF SHORT HOLIDAYS

For everyone, life seems to be moving a lot faster than it used to and trying to make time for downtime is becoming as stressful for the average person as any board meeting. For a lot of us, the thought of taking and extended holiday simply means more to catch up on later; more you’re missing at work, higher piles of unread inbox messages that need to be seen to yesterday.

These days, a lot of us simply don’t have the time to make the most of an epic and extensive holiday, which many of us have confused for not being able to get away at all; but this is simply not the case.

Even the shortest holidays can have a profoundly positive impact on us. A couple of days or three or four can make all the difference to stress levels, your ability to focus on the year ahead, managing your moods, and most certainly, being productive.

So, before you sigh and chuck that travel pamphlet out of site, let’s run over a few good reasons why you should consider even the shortest getaway to anywhere, it doesn’t even have to be somewhere far away.

HAVE SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO

One of the biggest mood benefits to going on holiday is also one of the most overlooked ones. Once you have booked a room in your desired luxury guesthouse, made travel plans, taken that time off and solidified the idea of getting away for a bit, you create something for yourself to look forward to.

The anticipation of going away can have as much of a positive impact on your emotions, focus, and general wellbeing, as actually being on holiday.

For many, the excitement of going away is the best part, and we all feel that excitement in one way or another. This feeling alone is an exceptionally powerful stress breaker, and you don’t need to plan a lengthy excursion to get it.

YOU DON’T NEED MUCH TIME TO CREATE MEMORIES

A lot of people feel like travelling for only a couple of days is something of a waste of time, and it is easy to fall into that, especially if you plan on travelling far away. The truth is, any amount of downtime is good for you, even the shortest bursts of it.

A couple of days can make all the difference to how you tackle the rest of the year, in fact we will explore a little later why shorter holidays are often far less stressful for working people.

Still, even the shortest holidays present a lot of opportunities for you recharge and create some fond memories you can call back to later.

IT’S EASIER TO SWITCH OFF FOR SHORTER PERIODS

Those with busy schedules don’t see a long holiday in the same light as everyone else. For a lot of people, going away and disconnecting for a long time means an even fuller inbox, an ever-expanding list of things to do when you get back, and a feverish catchup that quickly dismantles the relaxed state of a holiday.

During long trips, the temptation to check in with the office, phone clients, answer emails, and get things done remotely, is too strong, you likely won’t spend all that time actually relaxing.

A shorter holiday, on the other hand, can be done without these external worries filling your headspace. A couple of days is short enough that catching up won’t be a problem, which means that you can focus purely on unwinding.

Trust us, those nature walks, and luxury guesthouse breakfasts are much better when they don’t remind you of outstanding emails.

ONLY DO WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO

One of the things I love most about short holidays is that you must focus your intentions. There isn’t enough time to do everything, so you need to pick the things you want to do the most.

This means you will spend your short holiday doing things you really want to do, even if that just means a couple of days basking by the pool.

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The top benefits to local holidays

THE TOP BENEFITS TO LOCAL HOLIDAYS

For many people, the idea of taking a local holiday is, well… a bit of a waste of time. Holiday makers prefer getting out into the unseen and creating new experiences, and for many of us, that means hours of travelling to far off, exotic destinations.

The changes we have seen in the world over the past year has had us revaluating how practical this is. Travel restrictions, both locally and abroad, and the uncertainty of what will happen next, this all makes the prospect of travelling stressful, if not actually impossible.

So, more and more South Africans are discovering the joy of hometown holidays. A change of scenery just a few kilometres away that still leave you feeling refreshed.

It’ hard to believe, I know, but there are plenty of reasons why a hometown holiday would do you the world of good. Read through a few of these before booking accommodation now in Johannesburg.

THE SAME GETAWAY FEELING FOR LESS OF A COST

The most noticeable benefit to local holidays is that they cost significantly less than your average coastal or international adventure.

A large portion of the costs of going on holiday include air and travel costs. The further you go, the more this will cost you. For a lot of people, particularly those who feel they aren’t in the best position to travel, the cost of getting there adds unnecessary stress to an otherwise relaxing activity.

Local holidays, that require far less travelling, don’t present this difficulty.

ORGANISING IS FAR LESS STRESSFUL

Hometown holidays are a lot more straightforward for a couple of reasons.

We’ve already discussed how the cost is simplified, but there is also the amount of time spent travelling, finding someone to house-sit or feed the pets, finding things to do, spending money on accommodation, food, and entertainment, making sure you have everything, getting to where you need to go on time, not knowing where the attractions are, sticking to an itinerary… there is a lot to take into account when travelling far.

Local holidays don’t come with any of these added concerns, making it a remarkable stress-free way to take a break.

YOUR ITINERARY CAN BE MORE FLEXIBLE

Tacking on to the fact that you will be more familiar with your surroundings and available activities, you will be able to take a less structured approach to your holiday.

For many holiday makers the fun lies in finding new things and filling up your schedule with them. This is fun and exciting, for sure, but sometimes you want to do things a little more loosely, or you may want to stop and smell the breakfast buffet.

Local holidays come with fewer expectations; you are more likely to do things you want to do instead of filling an itinerary with every possible activity. This will leave you more relaxed, more recharged, more ready to get back into life when you’re done holidaying.

SHORT STAYS ARE EASY

The further you travel, the more you feel like you need to make better use of your time. This either means filling your schedule to the brim or spending more time on holiday. This is great, don’t get me wrong, but it is also more expensive, can be a lot more stressful, and can complicate your schedule considerably.

Local stays, because there is less travel, organisation, and cost involved, generally make for the perfect short getaways to break up the month, or to just spend a couple of days unwinding.

TRAVELLING IS LESS TIRING

Travelling a great distance might take you to brilliant new locations, but they also take a lot of energy. Anyone who has spent hours in a car, on a plane, at an airport, waiting for taxis, trains, busses, and visas, can tell you just how exhausting the whole process can be.

A lot of people identify with the sentiment of needing a holiday from your holiday when its all said and done.

Naturally, travelling to closer locations takes a lot of the time and effort out of it, making a trip less of an ordeal, leaving you feeling genuinely relaxed when it’s over.

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Why local tourism is perfect right now

WHY LOCAL TOURISM IS PERFECT RIGHT NOW

The South African travel industry is seeing a bit of a renaissance right now. People are starting to look a little closer to home for holiday experiences. For those that consider the glass half empty, it’s easy to acknowledge this as a step down from our grandiose pre 2020 travel plans, for those that find opportunity in everything, it presents and excellent chance to see those unseen local attractions and hideaways that we overlooked before.

The truth is that luxury guesthouses in Johannesburg are becoming popular business because people are discovering the joy of local holidays, travelling within your own country, district, or city. Getting just far away enough to break away from it all without disrupting your schedule or bank account.

Over the last year there have been a lot of events that have worked together to make this happen. Let’s explore a few of them here.

LOCAL HAS BECOME RELATIVE

You know what makes the world seem like a much bigger place? Being confined to your home or apartment for the better part of several months during a pandemic. The need to travel after being locked down is a strong feeling, even when there were still severe travel restrictions in place.

This has led to a broader definition of what people consider to be local, with just about anything outside of your immediate surroundings feeling refreshingly exotic.

WE WANT OUR MONEY TO GO FURTHER

Economic times are not at their best, it’s no secret, everyone is feeling it. This means that nearly everyone has had to scale back significantly on what they spend their money on. Holidays, being a complete luxury, were the first thing to go for many people.

Local holidays offer the same reprieve from the hustle and bustle at a much more affordable price, what with all the travel expenses amounting to almost nothing.

This means that they offer a way for people and families to get out there and unwind for a bit, without spending from their tightly knit budgets.

EVEN THE SMALLEST STRESS RELIEVERS ARE WELCOME

Between a pandemic and a limping global economy, the average South African’s stress levels have never been so high. The fact that we can’t just dip into our savings to go somewhere and unwind doesn’t really help.

But for those willing to give local tourism a chance, it presents one of the best ways to completely unwind, without the added stress of exorbitant travel costs and organising itineraries. It might be something small, not all too exotic, where nothing unexpected happens, but even the smallest holidays can make a world of difference.

WE DON’T HAVE THE TIME TO TRAVEL

Post 2020 professionals in any field have a lot of catching up to do after the utterly unpredictable fiscal year we all had last year, this means that there is less time to enjoy downtime, at least for now. But for many, all work and no play leads to a rather unfulfilled life. People want to travel, even if it doesn’t take you very far, but simply don’t have the time available right now to do it.

Local holidays completely remove the complications of time spent on travelling and organising a holiday, they let you unwind in much shorter bursts so that the realities of the world don’t mount while you’re taking time off.

THERE ARE HIDDEN GEMS EVERYWHERE

When was the last time you ventured out to find hidden gems in your own town? Have you ever really done it? You might be tempted to say something like ‘The city of Joburg doesn’t have any, I know, I live here…’

But remember that there are people travelling here for that very reason, and they are finding those gems, because they do exist.

People who live by the coast spend the least time on the beaches, people who live in cities tend to stay away from them; you’re not going to find any hidden gems that way.

Being in ‘holiday mode’ tends to drive you to go out and explore what a destination has to offer, even if that destination is only an hour or so from where you live.

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Is Johannesburg a good spot for holiday makers?

IS JOHANNESBURG A GOOD SPOT FOR HOLIDAY MAKERS?

When you think of a luxury holiday, the sprawling city of Johannesburg is probably not the first thing to enter your mind as the ideal destination. City life is often the thing that holiday makers are looking to escape, after all.

But the figures show something different, people from all over the world have the City of Gold in their sites where their next destination is concerned. This might seem a little off for us modest city dwellers, but Joburg boasts no fewer than 4 million international visitors a year, whereas Cape Town tends to stick below the 2 million mark.

So, there must be something in our fair city worth visiting, right? Well, for those looking a little closer for their next destination, Johannesburg has a wealth to offer.

DYNAMIC MABONENG

For those that have been out of the city for a long time, you’re missing out if you haven’t explored the more tasteful sides of the city centre.

Maboneng in particular comes to mind, a recently gentrified area of the city that has more to offer in its few small blocks than much of the rest of the district. Layered with multi-story markets, pubs, clubs, art galleries, and jazz lounges, Maboneng offers an experience for all types of tastes.

This magical part of the city even seems to change from a lively family entertainment area in the day to a vibrant and energetic nightlife scene when the sun sets.

Maboneng melts the extensive network of different cultures found throughout Johannesburg into one unforgettable and educational experience, even for the people who live here.

A WEALTH OF NEARBY SITES

Maybe the city centre isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps you want to see some more natural, calming beauty, want to engage in other types of entertainment, or simply want to unwind and keep to yourself.

Johannesburg and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer in that regard.

We are home to a slew of luxury casinos like Gold Reef and Emperor’s Palace, a short drive out of the city will let you take in the natural beauty of areas like Magaliesburg, complete with eye-opening game drives and a bushveld experience.

From there, the ever-famous Sun City is not a far way off, restaurants of all types dot Johannesburg’s lines, along with shopping malls in any direction, and even theme parks.

PLENTY OF BUSINESS TO TRAVEL FOR

A lot of travellers come to Johannesburg for business, and there is more than enough of it going around. Whether for short conferences, team-building activities, important meetings, or seminars, notable business people are constantly coming to and meeting in Johannesburg.

The electric business energy in the city makes it the ideal place to discuss, plan, and embark on new capitalist ventures, and almost every part of Johannesburg, from its city buildings to its elegant meet-up points, accommodate this.

GOLFING: WE KNOW YOU’RE INTERESTED

So popular is golfing in Johannesburg that it deserves its own paragraph in this article. Johannesburg and its surrounding areas are home to some of the most beautiful, challenging, and exclusive golf courses in the country. Each and every area of interest in Johannesburg, whether it be North, East, South, or West, has its own set of unique, lush, and challenging courses to play on.

ACCOMMODATION FOR ALL TYPES OF TRAVELLERS

Johannesburg is home to a wide variety of different types of accommodation for every type of traveller. Moving around on a budget? There are countless quaint and comfortable inns, hotels, and guesthouses to stay at.

Looking for something from the upper crust? We have a massive assortment of various guest rooms available from thousands of elegant, luxury hotels and guesthouses all across the city.

These offer a diverse set of activities, levels of comfort and luxury, cultural experiences, nearby attractions, places to soak in great food and drink, and a wealth of other exciting experiences, all in one city.

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