Eat, Pray, Holiday

Why a good old-fashioned getaway can be the best thing for the body and mind


We are all told what to eat and what not to eat, the best ways to lose weight and how much exercise we should be doing, but amidst the chaos that is student life, a lot of that just doesn’t happen. Instead, we eat what is quickest to prepare, sleep as little as we need to maintain basic human function, and become slaves to caffeine.

Enter a tropical holiday.

I know not everyone can afford to sun themselves for two weeks in the semester break, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. Besides, you don’t have to spend a fortune to unwind. Here are five benefits of escaping, just for a little while.

  1. Sun

The Tasmanian Public Health Department estimates one third of all Tasmanians are vitamin D deficient due to our lack of exposure to the sun during the colder months. There’s not much we can really do about that, apart from taking horse capsule-sized vitamin D supplements. But given the choice between forcing some capsules down my throat or going on a holiday, I know what I’d choose.

  1. Food

I’m writing this from Bali, and the food here is absolutely phenomenal. Truly fantastic. It’s cheap, it’s fresh, it’s healthy, and I don’t have to cook it myself. I do love cooking, but when you’re neck- deep in five-week old readings, cooking seems like an inefficient use of my time. You can also up your fruit intake, as tropical fruit is literally 1000000 times better than most fruit we can access in Tassie.

  1. Relaxation

Perhaps obvious, but when was the last time you can say you were truly relaxed? Sure, you may have binge-watched Orange Is The New Black, but I’m willing to bet you were procrastinating something. That hangs over your head a bit. There’s something very freeing about leaving the country, or even the state. Those responsibilities are quite literally out of sight, out of mind. That’s inherently good for anyone’s mental state.

  1. New People

When you’re at home, you become comfortable, and things can become same-y. You might have the best group of friends ever, but until you leave them for a bit, you’re unlikely to meet anyone new. Travelling is a great way of meeting new people, hearing new stories and learning more about the world. Sometimes, you might even make lifelong friends, and no one would want to miss out on that chance.

  1. Life Experience

There’s an entire planet out there. There are myriads of things to see, do, experience, try, think and feel. You don’t have to be away long, or even go very far, to gain new perspectives and new ways of thinking. Life experiences shape who you are and what you want to achieve, so why not travel?

I’m not trying to convince you that if you take some time out overseas in your semester break that you’ll ‘find yourself’, but you will certainly learn a lot, whether that’s about yourself or not. So pack your bags and get planning because it’s good for you health. That’s my excuse.


Togatus suggestion: Top 3 affordable destinations

Southeast Asia: This beautiful region is loved by shoestring travellers the world over. Budget airlines offer good sale fares, five star accommodation is an affordable reality and food and attractions are generally inexpensive. Classic destinations include Bali and Thailand, but also consider Malaysia’s beautiful island of Langkawi for an untouched and breathtaking tropical experience.

North Queensland, Australia: Don’t discount a location close to home – there is a reason Australia is loved by travellers around the world. Destinations in tropical North Queensland can be expensive, but the cost of domestic airfares are often much lower than international flights. Sale fares are generally affordable if you avoid peak travel times, including school holidays. Look at sites like Scoopon for deals on accommodation and attractions.

New Zealand: A tropical holiday rife with mosquitoes and sunburn is not everyone’s idea of a good time. If think you would prefer sipping wine in the vineyards to island hopping and would rather gorge yourself on cheese and icecream than sip mimosa’s by the pool, keep an eye out for a sale fares to our stunning sister nation, New Zealand.  



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