Travel Therapy

When you’re struggling to figure things out, because you just can’t remember who you are any more, travel is one of the most therapeutic things you can do!  There are soooo many benefits to be derived from a change of scene, but you’d be surprised how much you can learn about yourself by going someplace new!

First of all, you get a break from the things that are dragging you down:  reminders of the life you can’t go back to, people telling you what you ‘should’ be doing, all those decisions you just aren’t ready to make yet, the pressure to get it all figured out, and the guilt that you haven’t yet.  No wonder it’s a struggle to get out of bed!

Another tremendous benefit is the opportunity to just BE.  When you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, you don’t have to worry about who you are.  Nobody knows you.  Nobody has any expectations of you.  Nobody has any preconceived notions about who you should be.  You’ll never see these people again, so who cares what they think anyway?  But it’s okay to not know.  Just show up.  Wander from place to place, letting your curiosity guide you.  Who’s going to judge you?  Other people doing the same thing?

But perhaps the best part about travel is what you learn about yourself!  Since here you are, where nobody knows you and nobody expects anything of you, you are free to try anything that catches your attention!  So check out that museum!  Take the train instead of a cab!  Go on that hike!  Try that dish that everybody back home would talk you out of!  Go to that festival, and dress up if you want!  Strike up a conversation with that stranger!  And as you try all these new things?  Ask yourself:  ‘Do I like this?’  ‘Do I not like it?’  ‘How do I feel about it?’  ‘Do I need to try it again to be sure?’  ‘What do I like, or not like, about it?’

Now look at you, figuring out who you are!  This calls for a celebration!

One thought on “Travel Therapy

  1. StephanieTreasure

    Yes! So many great points here that bring back memories of the joy of travelling. Even when I have been on business trips for speaking engagements or to attend a conference, I have truly found it therapeutic. When family is with me and we to to someplace new to explore and have fun, it is even better. I get back to home base feeling refreshed, renewed and with a feeling that life is wonderful and anything is possible.

    Thanks for sharing this Sandra!

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