Everyone has their own reason and desire to travel, whether it’s only to the next town over or across the world. Whatever you choose, immersing yourself in a new adventure can be some of the best therapeutic means to get through a difficult time in your life. Here are four ways in which travelling can be the best therapy.
It removes you from your comfort zone
We call it a comfort zone for a reason. Everything within it functions exactly how we want it to and that’s how most people like it. However, travelling introduces new experiences, a new environment where anything out of the norm can happen. While this may be scary, it’s also necessary in order to grow and experience new places and view things in a new light.
It allows you to see the bigger picture
When you’re flying through the sky, observing how little cities and towns look from that far up, you’re brought back down to earth in a sense. Your problems seem like a small dot on a planet filled with billions of people who house their own problems as well. All this means is that maybe your problems aren’t as big as you once thought. There’s so much going on in the world and even more to discover. Focusing on smaller issues like what you’re going to cook next week or how you’re going to get your dog to stop peeing on the carpet will seem insignificant once you begin travelling the world.
You live each day as its own
Rather than have your day, week or entire future planned out, travelling allows you to live day after day without a routine. You can choose what you want to do in the morning, the second you wake up, at whatever time that may be.
We often forget ourselves when thrown into a consistent daily routine, constantly worrying about upcoming appointments and due dates looming over your head. While on a trip, none of that exists. All you need to concern yourself with in regards to the future is how you’re going to get to your next destination. Travelling reminds you to live in the present moment, instead of the past or impending future.
You gain new inspiration
Being exposed to new people and new cultures while travelling can easily open up your mind to new possibilities. You experience another way of living, through people you wouldn’t have met around your hometown. This is a refreshing adventure for the mind, stimulating it while producing new thoughts and ideas you never would have had otherwise.
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