How to escape a holiday rut- it could make you happier and healthier

How to escape a holiday rut- it could make you happier and healthier
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Whether it's scampi and sandcastles on Scarborough beach or sun and sea in the Seychelles, lots of us have a favourite holiday destination we go back to again and again. In fact two thirds of us have visited the same holiday destination twice or more, a poll from holiday company Royal Carbibbean International found.

The also survey found that while 62 per cent of over 50s are keen to try something different,  six in ten of us have sadly resigned ourselves to missing out on our holiday wishes. This is often because we end up compromising with what other people in our party want from the holiday. The price of a new, more adventurous location also put 38 per cent of us off, while 13 per cent of us were too worried that it wouldn't work out to try something different.

But leading psychologist, Dr Simon Moore, says it's crucial for us to dip into new experiences as broadening our horizons could do us the world of good.

"New research suggests that those of us who go for new things and are more curious to learn in fact tend to live longer than those who don't" he says. "Not only do new experiences, like a completely different holiday, allow you to share new things and memories with other people, they also help make our grey matter more adaptable and flexible".

And banishing the excuses to fly the routine could be easier than you think.  Royal Caribbean have come up with some expert tips on how to make sure you see through your holiday destination dreams:

  • Start by making a list of all the reasons for a new holiday choice and all the great things you'd want to get out of it.
  • Think of a change of location for your jollies like a refresh for your brain, giving you a chance to unwind and revive so that you can come back home with a clearer mind and boosted mood.
  • A new holiday should be seen as a bit of a challenge so try to think back to a time you completed a challenge (such as learning something new or taking up a hobby) and remember how fulfilled and satisfied that made you feel. This should make you feel more optimistic and less worried about going outside of your comfort zone again.
  • But don't try to achieve it all in your holiday planning. If there's a group of you going, remember you're never going to please every whim of all your party. Ask each person going on the holiday beforehand for the top two things they want to experience on the trip.
  • Sometimes it can also be easier to think about the one thing all of you want to avoid on your holiday as this can be much easier to accommodate.   

There's more travel advice in every issue of Yours magazine, out every fortnight on a Tuesday.