It’s pretty well known that most people look forward to vacation-time. In fact, when folks talk about their biggest aspirations for retirement, the majority indicate more traveling and more time to spend with family. But if you’re not taking vacations enough, it could actually be impacting your health! Taking more vacation time (think: 2 per year versus once every 6 years) has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, decrease stress levels, and make you less likely to have depression.

Research also shows that travelers are significantly more satisfied about their health and well-being. In fact, those feelings of positivity don’t just come from taking the actual vacation, but a lot of that sunshine look on life can come from just planning the trip. So how do you get started?

If you’re new to traveling and need to start off slow, you might start by planning a day to tour your own town or city. Play tourist for a day to schedule your day of adventure. Enlist family members to start thinking about next year’s family gathering. Alternatively, if you already have a yearly trip or family gathering planned (perhaps for the holidays) get more involved in the planning process. Just being a part of it can help boost your mood!