To millennial women taking the working world by storm, putting all your energy and time into your job is very common. Moving up in your career is important, but so is taking some time for yourself. No matter who you are or what your career is, you need to take time to relax and step away from the stress of work.

According to an article from Ohio University, chronic stress can start to take a physical toll on your body. It has been connected to physical issues such as headaches, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, upset stomach, and increased vulnerability to viral infections. Chronic stress can also affect your sleep, your appetite, and your motivation. If left for too long, more chronic problems can occur.

To combat stress and work fatigue this coming year, make it your New Year’s resolution to make more time for yourself: start with a trip abroad! There is nothing more exciting and rejuvenating than exploring a new country. While you may think international travel sounds stressful, taking steps ahead of time and during the trip will help make sure you have a stress free and relaxing time.

Get Your Passport ASAP

Even if you don’t plan to travel until later in the year, get your passport now. It can take a month or more to get a passport, so getting it as soon as possible is going to make it easier to travel when the time is right. Sometimes you can catch deals on plane tickets that are too good to pass up, but you might have to if you don’t already have your passport ready, as you can not travel internationally without one. Guidelines for getting a passport include filling out the application, proof of citizenship (like a birth certificate or certificate of citizenship), photo ID, and passport specific photos (can be taken at most places that print photos). Once you have all your materials together, you can apply and (hopefully) have your passport in a month!

See a Doctor & Research Health Info.

I would be lying if I said you have no chance of getting sick while you travel — being exposed to a whole new country of virus strains could lead to unwanted illness, but going to the doctor and doing research beforehand can help keep you healthy while you travel. Traveling to some countries requires specific vaccinations to help prevent catching and spreading of disease, so be sure to tell the doctor about the country you intend to visit. If you have any prescription medications you have to take with you on your travels, you will need to get special permission to bring them. You should also check the laws of the country for over-the-counter medicines; there are some OTC medicines that may be legal in the U.S., but aren’t in other countries. Also, make sure to research if the place you want to travel is having any health epidemics. The best way to avoid illness is to know about what’s out there beforehand!

Track Your Money

To many, money is the most stressful thing about traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. Make part of your New Year’s resolution to take a bit of your entertainment budget every month and put it aside for a trip. You can add even more to that by cutting and avoiding unnecessary and spur of the moment purchases – it can be hard, but think of all the things you’ll be able to buy on your vacation!

While on your trip, you will also need a way to track how much you’re spending. Having a currency converter handy will be a life saver for your spending budget and keep you from accidentally buying things that are more money than you thought they were. It’s also helpful for planning your trip; researching the exchange rate between the countries you want to visit is a great way to help you decide which place has an exchange rate that’s in your favor.

Treat yourself this new year with a trip abroad. Not only will it help ease your stress and give you some much needed R&R, it will also open you up to a whole new world of experiences.  A fresh and relaxed mind will make your work days more productive, so really, taking some time for yourself to experience new things is just what your working life needs.   

About The Author

Mila Sanchez is a writer with a BA in English Linguistics living in beautiful Boise, ID. Her ambitions include traveling the world, studying languages, and taking pictures of her dog, Baymax. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram!