Why Travel Gives You The Power To Get Out Of Your Head

Traveling gives you the power to break away from your current life for a period of time.

Nadia Cho
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The most profound effect of traveling derives from the power and the experience of breaking out of your reality and living in another for a change. When you physically pull yourself away from home base to another location, your entire routine changes along with the background to your life. Your thoughts change as you take in new, or simply different, sensations and stimuli in an unfamiliar environment.

And despite what many people think, the ability to travel is available to us at any given time. Sometimes, traveling or the simple act of moving from one place to another, is the only way to leave behind the things that keep us from being happy.

There are times when you really need to get out of your head and stop focusing exclusively on what is in front of you. Such times may be defined by depression, anxiety, hopelessness, discontent, heartbreak, frustration, loss or something else. Sometimes we just really need to renew our gratitude for the life we already have.

This sense of wanting to break out of a deep rut is best captured by Julia Roberts’ emotional breakdown in Eat, Pray, Love:

Do you want to know what I felt when I woke up this morning Delia? Nothing. No passion, no spark, no faith, no heat. Absolutely nothing. I think I’ve really gotten past the point where I can be calling this a bad moment. And it just terrifies me…I am not checking out. I need to change… I used to have this appetite for food, for my life and it’s just gone. I want to go someplace where I can marvel at something. Language, gelato, spaghetti, something.

Psychological studies have proven that experiencing the emotion of awe, experiencing something larger than the self, does incredible things for one’s psychological and emotional well-being. A study from Stanford University in 2012 found that being in awe makes the passing of time seem slower, making a person feel as if they have more time and more patience overall. Experiencing awe also allows people to appreciate experiences more than material things and feel more life satisfaction than usual.

Alas, many of us don’t often experience moments of awe in our day-to-day lives and as the saying goes, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. In order to renew our love and excitement for life, at times we need to actively go looking for reminders of what makes this world great and worth living in.

If you ever feel internally stuck or confused, take a trip away from your current reality. The destination doesn’t have to be somewhere extremely far away or dreamy. Drive to a nearby town or city, spend time in a nature reserve, check-in to a resort, or stay in the countryside. Just go somewhere that is outside of your daily routine and gives you power.

Don’t think of it as going somewhere for the purpose of escaping or running away from your problems but for the purpose of discovering that other lives and realities are possible – whether they are better or worse than your present one. It’s not traveling on the assumption that the grass is always greener on the other side, but with the hope that if your current circumstances aren’t making you happy then there is something else out there that will. It’s a chance to possibly acquire new visions, power, and dreams to work towards.

Nadia Cho

Communications Associate

As the empowered female behind the blog: International Women of Mystery, Nadia reps Team JST traveling the world in search of exclusive features on hidden gems and cool hotspots. You can find her exploring metropolitan cities or lounging on tropical beaches.

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