Experiential Travel for Wellbeing

Mental Health and physical wellbeing have been on everyone’s minds since even before the pandemic. But it has taken lockdowns and the effects on everyday life and education for it to take centre stage.

It has been cited that nature, experiential travel and the great outdoors all have a positive impact on mental and physical wellbeing. We wanted to find out more and reached out to Jonny Wilkinson to get his thoughts on experiential travel for young people and the importance of making positive impacts on their physical, emotional and mental wellness.

Jonny Wilkinson MBE CBE
Jonny Wilkinson MBE CBE is one of the best-known names in rugby and sports throughout the world. He represented England and the British and Irish Lions and will forever be remembered as the man who kicked England to Rugby World Cup glory in 2003.


Words from Jonny:

Since retiring from professional rugby, through the work of my Foundation and other activities, I have been eager to highlight the importance of physical, emotional and mental wellness, especially in young people. I have also been fortunate to join two mountaineering expeditions with Camps International, raising funds to support these initiatives and to witness and understand first-hand the benefits of experiential travel.

My Foundation aims to positively impact the life experience of people by helping them to reveal more and more of their potential to flourish in every moment. We direct a large part of our focus towards the next generation, working to equip them with the tools to ensure that they can make the very best out of whatever they encounter in their worlds.

Travel, sport, and outdoor activities are beautiful ways to unleash passion in young people and bring them into contact with challenge, both individually and collectively.

Exploration of boundaries and sharing with teammates in this way provide the ideal conditions for inspiration and growth to take place.

There has probably never been a better time to highlight and address these issues. A safe return to the experiences that unlock so much in us, will be of huge value to our collective wellbeing.

The original article appeared in Camps International’s Guide, written in collaboration with professionals who are passionate about educational and experiential travel. The Guide has several industry expert articles, along with advice to help you chart a course back to safely engaging in amazing travel opportunities, for you and your students.

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