Although the name of the article suggests the need for a car, I will just stress that it’s not essential at all! This month, I wanted to share with you a bit about something that has recently helped me in regards to self-care and my own happiness. That something, is quite simply the opportunity to escape outdoors and take a road trip. Now, when I say road trip, you needn’t use a car and it’s probably a poor title for this article, but instead you could choose to get to your destination via any form of transport – even walking.
For me, a change of scenery can really help to lift my mood and give me time to reflect on life. Recently, I was admitted to hospital, where I spent 9 days cooped up on a hospital ward. I knew I was in the best place but I really struggled to deal with being confined to one building. Whenever possible, I escaped downstairs to the coffee shop but there really was no better feeling than finally being discharged!
Two days after my discharge, I headed on a road trip to Weston-Super-Mare, (over 4 hours away by car) as I was to be a bridesmaid for my childhood best friend! I appreciate Weston-Super-Mare is a bit of an extreme example but it came at the perfect time for myself. I had the opportunity to explore a different town, spend time at the seaside, with friends and family and just chill out. A change of environment helped me to process all I had been through in the last couple of weeks and it really helped me appreciate life – the good and the bad. Now, I’m not suggesting a long-haul road trip is essential – the timing just happened like that for me. You could choose to visit a neighbouring town or seaside. Maybe you have a favourite place that you visit time and time again or you’re feeling adventurous and would like to visit somewhere new. Felixstowe seafront is a favourite of mine as it’s easily accessible by car and train and there’s quite a bit to see and do.
If you have any recommendations of places to visit, why not let us know? We’d love to feature your experience!