Holidays: Why planning your next post-lockdown trip NOW is so important

COVID-19 has led to most the UK being forced to stay at home in lockdown due to the latest Government measures. And as Britons are forced to cancel their holidays and reschedule, it has left many feeling a tad blue. But one study has revealed why planning your next holiday now is so important.

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Experts found that one in five (22 percent) are cheering themselves up during the COVID-19 lockdown by researching potential places to explore once restrictions are lifted.

A UK study by Bimble.com surveyed 2,000 adults to find out what they are doing in lockdown.

Bimble is an app that allows people to collect, save and share their favourite places.

The study revealed that people are finding lockdown tough, especially when it comes to staying in a positive mood.

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Others are reportedly making their own “fun diaries” of places they want to go, reading travel blogs, posting images of dream destinations on social media and looking at old holiday snaps.

Many are reportedly looking to re-connect fun and friendship with 19 percent saying that they are keeping themselves busy to help them feel positive about the future.

Apart from dreaming about their next holiday, Britons are also spending the time to take up news hobbies, read books, watch boxsets and tend to their garden.

Surprisingly, four percent of people are also browsing property pages online while they are in isolation at home.

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The study also showed that women’s moods are being impacted more than that of men’s.

Leading psychologist, Dr Becky Spelman said that planning a break in the future can lift the mood.

She said: “We’re facing unprecedented times. As we find ourselves living in isolation with no definitive end in sight, it’s very easy for us to feel out of control, which in turn can have a negative impact on our mood and overall well-being.

“Studies show that feeling like you’ve lost control can dampen our mood.

Holidays: The study also showed that women’s moods are being impacted more than that of men’s (Image: GETTY)

“So, the art of coping can be found in activities which can help you regain some of that.

“Nobody knows for sure when the current situation will change, but it is still important to keep looking to the future and to make plans for when things are better.

“When it comes to days out, holidays and adventure, actually planning the break is half the fun. Imagining where you want to go, what you would like to do when you get there, and even envisioning your pre-holiday shopping trip for the beach or adventure-wear can help to lift your mood.

“In fact, research shows that thinking about happier times in the future can help your body to secrete endorphins, which in turn can lead to a more positive mood and mindset.

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“The benefits of planning for happier times in the future are scientifically proven”.

Dr Spelman also said that if people plan their own future plans, including holidays, then they are better equipped to help others.

She added: “If thinking to the future, and planning for the adventures that you will one day be able to take makes you feel happier and raises your mood, it will be easier for you to be strong when times are difficult”.

The study took place between March 30 and April 1 2020.