There are plenty of reasons to book a tour with Utah Luxury Tours for your summer vacation. From a personalized experience to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, every tour promises the adventures of a lifetime.

But if you need another reason to book an incredible bucket-list-worthy trip with us, keep reading. We’re bringing you 7 science-backed reasons that you and your family need to spend more time outdoors this year.

1. Lower Your Stress Levels

We could all use a little stress relief. Going from hectic jobs to long commutes, difficult classes to chores around the house, not to mention facing endless streams of negative news getting us down, our lives are more stressful than ever before. Add in the stress of the past year and the challenges of COVID-19, and you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who isn’t dealing with a little extra stress today.

Luckily, scientists have identified a simple, effective, drug-free way to lower your stress level; go outside. One study found that just 20 minutes spent outdoors can significantly lower your stress hormones. Imagine what a 6, 7, or even 10 day tour through some of the country’s most incredible national parks could do for your stress levels!

2. Enjoy a Boost of Energy

When you’re stressed out, it can be difficult to think about anything beyond your to-do list or the things that you’re worried about. But with less stress on your mind, you’ll suddenly find yourself less burdened and more relaxed. In turn, you’ll find that you’re less tired, and filled with some new-found energy.

Even a little bit of time outside has been found to lessen fatigue and increase your energy levels. In fact, this effect is so strong that just looking at pictures of the outdoors can help you get back some of your mental energy after a long day! Need an extra boost before your next vacation? Why not browse our tours to get some inspiration and enjoy a little energy boost!

3. Boost Your Ability to Focus

Whether you’re taking a walk outdoors or spending a week hiking, snowmobiling, and exploring, you’ll no doubt find yourself putting down your smartphone and living in the moment more than you typically do in your day-to-day life. As a result, you’ll find that your mind is able to focus like never before.

Relaxing after spending time outdoors has been proven to clear our minds and improve our abilities to focus on the task in front of us. So if you find yourself struggling to get through the workday, it may be time to book an outdoor adventure.

4. Naturally Reduce Inflammation

Many of the benefits of time spent outside are mental. But there are physical side effects you could be enjoying too.

Spending time in the fresh air, compared to spending time indoors or in a busy city, has been shown to lower levels of inflammation. This is especially significant in older individuals, who may also see a positive effect on hypertension.

5. Fight Back Against Depression and Anxiety

If you’re combining your time spent outdoors with healthy exercises, like walking, hiking, kayaking, skiing, and more, there are even more side effects that you could be enjoying. Getting active outdoors can help ease your depression and help you fight back against your anxiety symptoms. 

6. Improve Your Short-Term Memory

Less stress and more room in your mind? It should come as no surprise that these two side effects lead to another; improved short-term memory. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors helpes participants score 20 percent better in memory tests than those who didn’t go outside.

7. Get Creative

Towering trees, incredible wildlife, and fresh air might just help spark something in your brain. This isn’t a side effect you need to read a study on to believe, though there have been plenty. Instead, you’ve probably seen for yourself how spending time outside can boost your creativity. To take this one step further, make sure that your outdoor destination is truly an inspiration, like the stunning red rock landscape of Southern Utah or the incredible Old Faithful in Yellowstone.

Start Planning Your Outdoor Vacation Today

From a boost in creativity to less stress and more energy, spending time outdoors has a ton of science-back benefits. While you can certainly reap some of these benefits with a weekly walk in your favorite park, we could all use an outdoor-reset from time to time. An incredible tour of some of the United States’ most incredible national parks can certainly help with that.

Leave your cell phone in your pocket (except to snap a few photos, of course!) and spend your days exploring and creating memories with your loved ones. With no distractions, you’ll spot wildlife, hike to new heights, and explore new and exciting outdoor activities..

If you’ve found yourself distracted, tired, stressed, and unfocused, it’s time to do something about it. Book your summer 2021 adventure with Utah Luxury Tours today!