It should come as no surprise that different travel destinations offer different benefits. Everyone knows you don't visit Las Vegas for the R&R and that you shouldn't expect exciting nightlife in the Montana wilderness. If you're looking to take a step back to recharge and refresh this winter, you may want to consider taking a trip that lets you get in touch with nature. A new study reveals that rural and coastal locations are psychologically better for you than cities, MindBodyGreen reports.
Researchers in England asked participants to think about a recent visit to nature, which could mean anything from a trip to the beach or sitting in an urban park. They found that those who recalled spending time in rural and coastal locations felt more restored and experienced a greater connectedness to nature than those who spent time in urban green spaces.
From these responses, the study found that feeling connected to nature and feeling psychological restored depend on both the type and quality of the natural environment. Their findings support the idea that spending time in nature can do wonders for your well-being.
So if you're planning a trip in the hopes of returning restored, don't flee to a big city. Head to the coast for some much-needed sea air or venture into the wilderness for a hike to keep you close to nature. Consider Big Sur or Sedona over Los Angeles or New York.