How many times have you thought to yourself, “When I have the time, I’ll go on a getaway, backpacking across Europe, exploring Japan, swimming in the waters of the Maldives.” or any dream of a similar thought? You’re not the only one. It’s no rocket science to know that travel is good for your physical well-being, and research has proven that indulging in the exploration of a new place can help strengthen your mental and emotional health as well.
Let’s start by understanding the term ‘getaway’. The basic definition of getaway is a place where one escapes to seek some relaxation. The term is also used loosely by many in the context of getting away from a monotonous life. But are our everyday lives so stressful and draining that we wish to get away from them? What does a getaway serve that your normal life can’t?
The answer to this is understanding the therapy of travel. In the past decade, we’ve heard several success stories of ordinary people who chose to let go of said monotonous life and indulge in a life full of colour and exploration, helping them gain a wider perspective towards the world.
When asked what travel means to him, media professional and avid traveller Kunal Jadhav said, “The best part about travelling for me is the anticipation of the journey, the planning evokes excitement in my mind, helping me focus on aspects that’ll make this journey as smooth as possible for me.” Many like Jadhav, thrive on the concept of exploring something new, the idea of meeting new people, smelling new smells, seeing new sights. A trip to an unknown place, even a museum or gallery, can help create a fresh perspective towards things.
So, how does it act therapeutically? According to Rashmi Malvankar, an aspiring travel photographer, “The idea of travelling as luxury needs to be banished. Instead, it should be seen as a way of expression, of thoughts, ideas, pent-up emotions, as a form of liberation.”
This idea enables us to perceive the world as larger than all of us, of envisioning endless possibilities. By physically removing yourself from one destination and placing yourself in another, you empower yourself with the ability to let go of past or negative memories that can’t seem to touch you here in this new place. And that feeling acts as the ultimate liberator.
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