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Winter Tropical Adventures are Good for You. Science Agrees!


Since the beginning of time, people have left cold climates for warmer weather yet did you know that scientific research has identified a whole myriad of reasons why you should take that winter vacation to a tropical paradise? Publications from the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health suggest a holiday in the tropics supports psychological well-being. Here is some of their data to consider:

  • Sunlight and Vitamin D: Exposure to sunlight is a natural source of Vitamin D, which is essential for overall health. During the winter months, especially in regions with less sunlight, individuals may experience a deficiency in Vitamin D. Traveling to warm destinations allows people to soak up more sunlight, promoting the production of Vitamin D and potentially improving mood and immune function.

  • Stress Reduction: Warm climates are often associated with relaxation and outdoor activities. Research has shown that spending time in nature and engaging in leisure activities can reduce stress levels and contribute to overall well-being. Warm destinations often offer opportunities for outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, and enjoying nature.

  • Improved Mood and Mental Health: Sunlight exposure is linked to the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with mood regulation. A lack of sunlight, common in winter months, can contribute to conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Traveling to a warm destination can counteract these effects, leading to improved mood and mental health.

  • Escape from Winter Blues: Some people experience feelings of sadness or low energy during the winter months, often referred to as the "winter blues." Taking a vacation to a warm destination provides a break from the monotony of winter and offers a change of scenery, potentially lifting your spirits and improving your overall well-being.

  • Social Benefits: Travel, in general, provides opportunities for socializing and spending quality time with friends and family. Warm destinations may attract people seeking similar experiences, fostering a positive and social atmosphere.

It's important to note that not everyone may feel the same benefits from traveling to a warm destination during winter. Still, if you need some great reasons to book that January through March trip, science has given you a few.

Here are some warm weather adventures you might consider:

  • Costa Rica: Take a look at our Iconic and Immersive Costa Rican adventures plus travel on the National Geographic Quest to Costa Rica and through the Panama Canal.

  • Baja: Meeting gray whales and their babies plus snorkeling with a kaleidoscope of colorful fish will offer great solace for the winter blues. Check out the National Geographic Venture’s program.

  • Hawaii: The Safari Explorer will show you the “other Hawaii” well away from tourists and this Multi-Active adventure on the Big Island includes some spectacular volcano viewing.

  • Seychelles: How about a stay at Six Senses Zil Pasyon? Welcome to heaven!

These are just a few of our ideas for tropical adventures. Whether you’re dreaming of Zanzibar, Greece, or Brazil, contact us and we’ll create a fabulous winter getaway just for you.

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