editor’s note

Lonely Planet (UK) - - Editor’s Note - PETER GRUNERT, GROUP EDITOR @pe­ter_­grunert pe­tervg73

Three out of five Bri­tish em­ploy­ees experience some form of men­tal health is­sue as a re­sult of their work, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study for the char­ity Busi­ness in the Com­mu­nity. Help comes from recog­nis­ing the strug­gle to dis­con­nect from our thoughts about work pres­sures and to con­nect with our emo­tions, also in stay­ing ac­tive, eat­ing well and rest­ing well. To all this, nat­u­rally enough, I’ll add the in­ter­twined ben­e­fits of trav­el­ling well. If you were to ask me where or how on a per­sonal level I’ve trav­elled best, my first in­stinct would be to rat­tle off a list of places and ex­pe­ri­ences: South Aus­tralia, Kenya and Ecuador; and ex­plor­ing, com­ing closer to na­ture and un­der­stand­ing a dif­fer­ent cul­ture. Yet the true men­tal re­fresh­ment from those trips came from the feel­ings I ex­pe­ri­enced while on them and since: awe, sur­prise, ex­hil­a­ra­tion, hap­pi­ness and peace­ful­ness in­cluded. Such emo­tions that un­der­lie trav­el­ling well are dis­cussed later in this is­sue. Dot­ted be­tween our run of large-scale fea­tures (from p35), we’ve pub­lished a se­ries of four ar­ti­cles un­der the ti­tle The Place to Be, rec­om­mend­ing many places and ex­pe­ri­ences to broaden your emo­tional hori­zons. We carry you be­tween des­ti­na­tions as di­verse as New Or­leans and Pa­pua New Guinea, feel­ing a deep sense of joy, a spirit of ad­ven­ture, pas­sion and soli­tude along the way.

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