Butterflies symbolize hope, change, and new beginnings. There’s nothing like a little trip to chase after these beautiful creatures to remind you of life’s possibilities. Here are three reasons why traveling to find butterflies is excellent for mental health.

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Red Admiral butterfly sitting on an echinacea flower.

First, time spent in nature has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and body.

A study conducted by Stanford University found that participants who took a 90-minute walk in a natural area showed decreased activity in the part of the brain associated with negative emotions like fear and anxiety. So, if you’re looking to de-stress and clear your head, a butterfly walk may be just what the doctor ordered.

Second, one of the best ways to reduce stress is to immerse yourself in nature.

When the beauty of nature surrounds you, it’s hard to stay focused on the things that are causing you stress. Instead, you can relax and enjoy the moment. Seeing butterflies in their natural habitat is a great way to reduce stress and improve your mental health.

Finally, butterfly watching is a great way to appreciate the beauty of nature and connect with the world around you.

It’s too easy to get caught up in our lives and forget about the wonder of the natural world In our fast-paced society. But when you take the time to stop and admire a butterfly fluttering by, you can’t help but feel a sense of wonderment and appreciation for all the beauty that surrounds us.

So, there you have it. Three good reasons why spending time chasing butterflies (or traveling to see them) is good for your mental health. The next time you’re feeling stressed or down in the dumps, consider planning a trip to go butterfly-watching. You might find that it does wonders for your state of mind.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail


If you are looking for a vacation destination that is off the beaten path, Fauna Ventures’ eco-tours are for you. Avoid the crowds at some of the hidden gems we’ll visit and have all of the butterflies to yourself. You’ll most definitely want to bring your camera to capture all the beauty around you.

Above all, our small group and couples’ private tours are a wonderful way to escape from your day-to-day grind. Relax with us in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Honduras and Colombia will take you back to a slower-paced so you can explore at your leisure with no rush to accomplish to-do lists or tasks. Reach out to our team to learn more, and sign up today!