Going on holiday sometimes feels like a luxury, sometimes one we can rarely afford. With so much on the go all the time, who can find the time to take a break from work and go somewhere? But, as studies now show, can we afford not to? Here are some of the hidden benefits of going away.

Reduce Stress

Whether you feel like you’re on top of stress or not, the daily grind takes a toll on you physically and mentally. More than the usual year-end break that many take, well placed holidays and weekends away could do wonders to lower stress levels. For some, the ocean breeze and waves crashing against the beach helps recharge their batteries. For others, the quiet countryside. Some even get their thrills in a place they haven’t seen before and enjoy taking in the sights and sounds of a new experience. Either way, taking a moment to stop can be beneficial to you.

A Chance to Disconnect

Technology has been a great asset to us – allowing communication to happen more efficiently than ever before. We do run the risk of “hyper-connectedness”, the irrepressible urge to look at your phone after it buzzes. It might not feel like much but being constantly available and connected drains us. Getting away allows us a chance to break our routines and live life a little. Being on holiday might tempt you to put down your device, enjoy a meal and take in some of the surroundings. Whether you’re taking a break with the whole family or FROM the family, disconnecting from the constantly buzzing phone will help you relax.

Experience Something New

Surprisingly, a big portion of South Africans haven’t taken in all that our beautiful country has to offer. With a landscape as diverse as ours; from the majestic Table Mountain to KZN’s alluring beaches – and everything else in between – there’s so much to take in, it’d be a shame to miss out. And for those that have already been adventurous and seen what SA has to offer, there’s even more adventure waiting beyond our borders in beautiful countries like Tanzania and Kenya. Nothing gets you in holiday mode like taking in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of a new city. The good news is that no matter where you go, there’ll always be a City Lodge Hotel Group hotel nearby to make you feel at home.

We can’t claim to be doctors and prescribe you a holiday, but we do know that taking a step back from the fast pace of modern living will do you good. So, the only question that remains is where are you going next?

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