GO NZ: How to travel to strengthen your mental health

To say this year has been a tough year is like stating the grass is green. There’s no denying the emotional ups and downs we have all faced as we forge a new life in a world battered by Covid-19.

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), with a theme of reimagining wellbeing. How have we had to adapt in 2020 to stay on top of our wellbeing? Mental health and wellbeing is a taonga, a treasure, and helps us to live fulfilling lives.

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For many of us, an important part of our mental health journey is being able to travel. It might be short-distance travel, such as a trip to the park or the beach to get out in nature, visiting family or friends, a holiday further afield to see something new or to experience something different from our everyday lives.

This year, in particular, we’ve had to reimagine what travel looks like. Some of us have been separated from families and isolated in our communities. At times we’ve been stuck inside our houses unable to explore our beautiful beaches, mountains and natural landscape like we usually would. We can’t travel overseas for conferences, events or trips that rejuvenate us as they might have in the past.

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