When I say the word summer, what is the first word that comes to your mind? For me, it’s vacation⏤and research shows I’m not alone. Most Americans say it’s just not summer without a vacation, and 72% are still interested in traveling. Of course, the pandemic also means we need to travel safely. The #1 way Americans say they’ll make their travel safer is traveling by car⏤which makes a quickie getaway the ideal way to reclaim your summer. These 2- or 3-day trips to drivable destinations are also a fantastic way to help you balance your physical and mental health. These 5 benefits of a quickie getaway may even surprise you.
1. QUICKIE GETAWAYS HELP FLATTEN THE MENTAL HEALTH CURVE
You’ve heard about the COVID-19 curve, but have you heard about the mental health curve? Yep—there’s a secondary health issue that needs our attention. American happiness is at a 5-decade low with a huge spike in prescription antidepressant and anti-anxiety drugs. Could a quickie getaway help us reverse this troubling trend? Considering that the top 3 perceived health benefits of a quickie getaway are mental recharge, reduced stress, and better mood, I’d say so. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or blue, a quickie getaway may be just what the doctor ordered.
2. QUICKIE GETAWAYS DON’T PUNISH PROCRASTINATION; THEY REWARD IT!
In life, planning ahead tends to be rewarded while procrastination is usually punished. But when it comes to the quickie, the opposite is true. Hotwire’s Hot Rate hotel deals can save you up to 60% off regular hotel prices—and you’ll often find the best deals when you book the week of your trip. Of course, booking last minute is also a great idea in the current era of rapidly changing guidelines. When my summer trip to Amsterdam got cancelled, I decided to take a quickie getaway to Palm Springs with my fiancée. We scored a swanky 5-star boutique hotel at a 3-star price by booking a Hot Rate—saving a whopping 46%. We loaded our weekend bags, masks, and our pups into the car and drove off into the desert sun. With all the money we saved on the hotel, we may even go on another quickie getaway this summer.
3. QUICKIE GETAWAYS ARE AN ACT OF SELF-LOVE
To all you recovering people pleasers out there: When you say yes to too many other people, you’re saying no to yourself. And when you stop taking care of yourself, you will eventually reduce your capacity to care for others. Thus, upping your self-care game with a quickie getaway is not a selfish act; it’s an act of self-love. Research shows that vacations improve relationships, and that includes the one you have with yourself.
4. QUICKIE GETAWAYS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ADDRESS THE QUARANTINE 15
Spending all that time on our couches binge watching TV has also led to the dreaded quarantine 15. Could a quickie getaway be the first step in helping us shed those extra pounds? A study of 1,399 people found an association between pleasurable activities like vacations and having a smaller waist. Most people think sugar and carbs are the only things that spike your blood sugar, but so does having high levels of stress hormones! Take a quickie getaway to a secluded but drivable destination with a Hotwire Hot Rate hotel. Then, breathe, walk, and hike your way to a fitter you.
5. QUICKIE GETAWAYS MAKE YOUR BRAIN BIGGER & BETTER
When it comes to the brain, they say it’s use it or lose it. The sedentary lifestyle is as bad for the brain as it is for the body. In fact, it may actually accelerate shrinkage in a part of the brain that’s been linked to depression, brain fog, and aging. First, get a boost of energizing dopamine the moment your Hotwire Hot Rate hotel is revealed as a burst of confetti flies across your phone or laptop. When it’s vacation time, your brain will be busy creating mental maps of your new surroundings while being stimulated by the novel environment. This helps to keep your brain big and beautiful. New research shows that vacations lead to boosts in happiness that persist even after the trip has ended. Don’t be surprised if you catch yourself smiling more—even after your next quickie getaway comes to an end.