They help your brain make new connections
Science has confirmed what Ferris Bueller already knew: in order to make the most out of life, you need to step back from it once in a while.
When our minds wander, our brains are actually running processes that normally don't get much play in our busy lives. In this state, we're able to reflect on the past, plan for the future, and put our experiences into perspective, paving the way for overall mental health.
But it's important to keep your vacation from becoming an extension of your hyperconnected daily life. In other words, DON'T TAKE A BOATLOAD OF SELFIES! De Graaf cautions, "Don't make photos the object of the trip. You have to experience the places you visit in a real, not simply virtual way."