Reasons to travel: Killer Insta page, better selfies, new memories and life-changing experiences. While you’re at it, tack on lower blood pressure, reduced stress and improved sleep, too.

UK researchers found that when people returned from a two-week tropical vacay (think the Maldives or Thailand), they felt calmer, found it easier to bounce back from stress and slept a whole lot better than the unlucky folk who stayed behind at work.

What are you waiting for? Fill out that annual leave form and book in at one of these picture-perfect retreats:

Maalifushi by Como Surf Retreat, Maldives


Hit the waves, soak up the sun and get bendy with some yoga classes by the shore. See more, here.

Kamalaya Koh Samui Relax & Renew, Thailand


Banish burnout with soothing spa treatments, delish meals and stunning jungle views. See more, here.

Ocean Soul Retreat Yogini’s Program, Bali


When you greet the morning with sun salutations and a leisurely beach stroll, you’re sure to score some quality zzzs later on. See more, here.

This story originally appeared in the September issue.

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