It goes without saying the benefits of travelling include having a positive impact on your mental health.  

👋 So long menty Bs.  

But, what about group travel? How does socialising on your trip help release all the good vibes inside your brain? You’re about to find out… 🧠😔 👉 🧠😊 

F2F interactions decreases depression 

group of young people sitting in a narrow walkway

Living in a world where we’re constantlyyy on our phones – TikTok fyp 👀 – we probs think we’re getting all the social interaction we need. WRONG. It’s been proven that F2F interactions are where it’s at when it comes to releasing those feel-good endorphins. And when you’re bouncing around multiple cities with a group of TOP mates, you’re getting heaps of F2F moments.  

Think: late-night convos in your hostel bunks. Laughter when you try a local delicacy that defo doesn’t slap. And meaningful connections. Ain’t nothing like it.  

Empathy lowers stress levels 

group of travellers in front of John Lennon Wall

When you jump aboard the Topdeck coach, you’re immediately faced with heaps of new faces. Truth bomb: on Get Social trips you’re gonna get reallll close (battle raps and coach naps). Y’know what that means? All being in the same boat. Which naturally leads to feelings of empathy and togetherness.  

Did you know? Empathy is an antidote to burnout. It lowers stress levels. And kicks in those incred survival instincts (not that you’re about to go all Indiana Jones on these trips). No cap. 

We’re all in this together

group of travellers in front of misty Eiffel Tower

Even if you want to have the incred experience of travelling solo (thnx social media), sometimes you might wish you were experiencing something spesh with a group of awesome people. The benefits of travelling socially means you’ve got people to laugh with. People to walk home with late at night. People to reflect with on what it feels like to finally tick off that bucket-list sight you’ve been dreaming of. People to speak to about E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G (cos when you travel, you’re more at ease to be yourself).  

And this travel fam? They’re sociable. Curious. Spontaneous. They’re a lot like you. Ready-made mates wrapped up in a neat coach-shaped package. Yes pls. 

Meeting new people boosts your confidence

group of travellers in front of boat and port

Travelling solo boosts your confidence to the next level. But thriving with people from different backgrounds on a group trip will 100% help you become the best version of yourself (that’s the REAL you fyi).  

Need some concrete evidence? Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Southern California *deep breath* says ‘the ability to engage with people from different backgrounds than yourself, and the ability to get out of your own social comfort zone, is helping you to build a strong and acculturated sense of your own self’.  

Basically, we’re giving you the IRL version of your fyp filled with confidence hacks and promises. Why scroll through your phone for advice when you can boost your confidence for real with us?  

Your Topdeck fam = feel good vibe 

group of travellers laughing inside an ice bar

Your people might not be your high school mates or the kids you grew up with. Maybe you’ve never really had a true connection with someone your own age. When you go on a Topdeck trip, you meet like-minded people from all over the world who you have at least one thing in common with: travel. And knowing you’ve found your people means one thing: Instant happiness.  

Wanna know what else adds to the feel good vibe? A sh*t tonne of unforgettable social moments: 

  • Sharing gelato on the streets of Italy 
  • Racing each other on quadbikes through the national parks of NZ 
  • Hiking the Hollywood Hills for your main character moment
  • Dancing until your feet wanna fall off

And discovering the REAL you, menty Bs and all, cos that’s the only person you wanna be on a Get Social trip.