Everybody has their own way of dealing with difficult times: some eat a tub of ice cream, some go shopping and others see a therapist. Something not done very commonly is travelling and emerging yourself in a new adventure. This needs to change, because in my opinion travelling is the best therapy. Here is why:
1) It removes you from your “bubble”
When you go on a trip you are removed from your usual environment, which offers you the opportunity to step outside, clear you mind and view things in a different light.
2) It makes you realise how small & insignificant your problems are
Whenever I travel by plane I realise how huge our planet is, how many people really live on it and how “insignificant” each and everyone’s existence is. When I write “insignificant” this is supposed to be viewed in an encouraging way. For example, when you look out of your plane window, you see tiny town which look like little Lego pieces. From there you can only imagine how tiny us humans are in proportion to the size of this planet and the multitude of opportunities that lie out there. This thought makes me realize that nothing I ever do will really matter and that, in my opinion, is beautiful, because it frees me from pressure. If I fail I could move to a different city, a different country or a different continent. I could find anonymity in the endlessness of opportunities on this planet. The thought of the fact, that there is SO MUCH more out there than the problems we tend to create in our heads, is something that really helps to put things into perspective.
3) You live life day by day
Compared to everyday life, you are forced to take things day-by-day whilst travelling. When you wake up in the morning you think of all the ways that you could spend your day and from there you then choose what you want to do. In an everyday routine we oftentimes forget to ask ourselves how we really want to spend our day and instead worry about appointments and due dates that lie ahead in the week. Of course, we need to consider the future as well when making plans, however travelling reminds us how beautiful living in the present moment can be.
4) You get new inspiration
Whenever you travel, you are exposed to different people and new cultures: another way of living. Moreover, you make new experiences and meet people you wouldn’t run into in your home town. All of this is extremely refreshing and very stimulating to the mind: to me travelling is truly my biggest source of inspiration.
5) You value home again
“When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” –Jonah Lehrer
Travelling extends far beyond the time period that you are actually gone. You take all the life lessons, experiences and inspiration back with you into your everyday life and are now able to view everything in a different light. Interestingly enough, you start to value home again, because you have been separated from it, which makes you realize all the positive things that you usually wouldn’t. I for example, have really started to value the punctuality, reliability and extremely high standards of work in Germany- something that in the past I have never paid much attention to, but now very much appreciate after being exposed to different standard.
There is no need to travel far. I know that not everyone has the money to go on a trip to Mauritius for the weekend, and that is not at all what I am trying to bring across in this post. Travelling doesn’t necessarily mean you need to fly somewhere or go far away: a short roadtrip to a different city in your country or a little camping adventure oftentimes has just the same effect.
The times in my life that I have felt the most inspired, happy and creative have been during my travels, which is why I can only recommend to anyone to go out there and see the world. To finish off, I would like to share some of my all time favorite quotes with you:
We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous
We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” -Pico Lyer
“We travel not just to go, we travel to evolve. Embracing new experiences, endlessly changing horizons, and each brand new day as a way of living. We live for airports, planes, buses, boats, trains, road trips. We find clarity in the blur of the places zooming past us as we look through the window. This is our home. This will always be our home” -Stephanie Dandan
“We travel because we need to, because distance and difference are the secret tonic of creativity. When we get home, home is still the same. But something in our mind has been changed, and that changes everything.” –Jonah Lehrer
Now go out there and explore!
Plane picture: Alex here