Tourism & Mental Health: Prospects & Challenges


  • Mehwish Ashraf Research Officer Department of Medical Research, Rehman Medical College, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Shehroz Saleem Coordinator Research & Innovation, Rehman Medical Institute, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa



Global tourism is a multi-trillion dollar industry with vast infrastructure and resources generated through travel. In 2022, tourism contributed about 7.7 trillion dollars to the global GDP, amounting to 7.6% of the global GDP. This fact alone indicates that people undertake tourism not just for trips to see other parts of the world, but also for a myriad of other unexplored benefits. It is well known that people will invest in ventures that are psychologically appealing and which improve the quality of their lives. Hence, this editorial explores the mental health benefits of travel and also details some of the challenges faced by tourists.