Travel planning has been on hold for many for so long it’s hard to remember what it felt like to anticipate that next trip to one of the Distinctive Inns of New England (DINE). While summer felt like a time we could start to dip our toes into getaways to the ten DINE inns, there’s still so much uncertainty with the Delta Covid variant rising that interrupted travel plans are the buzzword of 2021. Yet, there’s hope. And hope leads to optimism and with optimism comes good health. Thus, even with an element of uncertainty, planning and looking forward to your next DINE getaway is healthy for the body and soul.
In an article appearing in Women’s Health Magazine, studies showed that an ounce of optimism is worth ten times it’s weight in good health. “The truth is, even if you’ve only got pennies of positivity left after the last year, it’s worth the investment. Optimism is associated with an 11 to 15 percent longer life span and greater odds of achieving “exceptional longevity” (living it up after age 85), according to one 2019 study,” explains the article. “The psychological benefits abound, too: Looking on the bright side makes you feel happier and less stressed, says psychologist Erlanger Turner, PhD, an assistant professor at Pepperdine University.” The article goes on to explain, “Planning a trip can make you happier than taking it, per oft-cited research that feels almost too relevant. Those canceled excursions? Your brain benefited just by booking ’em.”
I am a believer that 95% of the fun is the anticipation of the trip. Recently, I was struck by a commercial that focused on interrupted travel at a large-brand hotel chain over the past year. The tag line was “Travel makes us whole again”. This really resonated with me, especially after reading that the mere anticipation of it was also good for me.
The optimism brought by anticipating a wonderful trip to any of the inns in DINE country is surely something DINE travelers are missing. The warm hospitality, fine homemade breakfasts, amazing beds and linens, not to mention the snuggle near the fire, are all visions that will feel good to anticipate again.
Even in an uncertain travel environment, the mere planning and excitement of the chance at a romantic getaway to any of the DINE inns is healthy for travelers like me who’ve missed the inspiration of exploration and the warmth of hospitality DINE innkeepers deliver.
We all need our hugs again. Real hugs. We need to be able to plan and be certain of the excitement that travel brings. Take the first step and start planning your next DINE getaway. That’ll get the endorphins moving. The next step is taking the trip, and the final step will be to relive the memories.
The process starts by booking. Be sure to book directly with your favorite DINE inn when you travel this fall or winter.
In Connecticut: Inn at Harbor Hill Marina in Niantic
Top:Buckingham Suite at Manor on Golden Pond
Bottom: Leslie Mulcahy at Rabbit Hill Inn with HUGS sign