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Travel as Therapeutic: Healing and Restoration in Human

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We are in the midst of a pandemic, locked inside the four walls. Being inside the four walls can lead to anxiety and insecurity which in result can cause illnesses. Sometimes lack of strong self or identity issues can also cause these illnesses. These are mostly cured by medicines, therapies, and other treatments. Treatments using the therapeutic nature of music, art are well known. The concept of therapeutic nature of travel was never considered. Some travel for pleasure, some others believe it’s a calling.

People from all around the world travel to different places for different reasons- mainly for work, leisure and family. Whether by plane, train, ship or by automobile, traveling is generally pleasurable experience. But it has more benefits than satisfying one’s need to make money or to enjoy oneself on vacation, which are worth discussing. When we use the word “therapeutic” here it is completely the healing power of travel. This nature of travel is left unnoticed in every field, though it be in science or in literature. It is found that there is a lack of research demonstrating the positive effect of travel experience on physical health and mental health. Travel is never seen in such a perspective. Coming into literature travel writings are not looked upon as one with a healing power in itself.

A travel writer explores new destinations and share observations with others using the written word and photos. One of the most important requirements for this type of work is a desire of travel, new environments and cultures. Travel writers share their thoughts, advices, and experiences with audiences to ease the all- too familiar urge to travel. People can escape through reading about adventure too. People who have dromomania may find travel writing as a helpful tool for when they cannot escape their everyday life to travel. And again amidst this pandemic travelogues can be a great relief.
One of the significant benefits of traveling is finding and keeping an inner balance. Too often people get wrapped up in their lives, in their daily routine of working, sleeping, eating and living. Humans crave a connection with nature. Studies have found that a mere glimpse of nature from a window or even photographs of nature can improve people’s overall mood, mental health and life satisfaction. Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) acclaimed architect and philosopher advised, “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” Traveling to nature can have tremendous effect on our physical and mental health. By visiting mountains and forest area we enjoy the wild beauty of nature, the misty hills, the chirping of birds, the song of the rivers, the howling of animals, pleasant air, quiet places can heal many of our physical problems and mental problems by bringing a change in thought process.

Nature has got a healing power for which one has to undergo the process of moving or traveling into the nature the healer. So basically traveling is the catalyst that helps in the process of healing.
Traveling breaks the monotony of life and work. It is a time when people relax, reflect, return and ponder and also it has great informative value. It widens the grasp of our knowledge of geography, different culture and people etc. The earth is a wellspring of amazing places and fascinating cultures. Being exposed to these different cultures helps you embrace and appreciate people that are different from you and create new perspectives and inspiration. This notion can be applied to various characteristics, such as women’s right, human rights, customs and traditions beliefs etc. Traveling is always beneficial for the individual experiencing it. Being exposed to culture gives learning opportunities, stimulates your mind, and helps you think in diverse ways. One establish new ways of thinking and approaching to solve problems which directly or indirectly will act as a healer to one’s body and mind.

Travelling can do wonders and is an ultimate bonding activity. We humans have good hearts. Yet we seem to be bombarded with all the bad people and faces out there. If one is losing faith in fellow humans he/she should travel to restore their faith. Travel teaches us that a complete stranger can quickly become a friend or at least can lend a helping hand. The shared experience of discovering a new destination creates memories that last a life time. People you meet while traveling makes you see life in a different way. And meeting other travellers can lead to friendships whether they be in the moment or lifelong. The beauty of such bonds are that they allow us to connect with different characters around the world, who could become friends for life or help us through in difficult times and also in the process of restoration.
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is the perfect entertainment for a person of any age. When on one hand it helps people to form a better understanding of themselves, their beliefs and their lives on the other hand it provides people with a better understanding of the world they live in. The whole time of the travel is a way to discover not only new places but new emotions too. There is a bundle of new experiences, feelings and human behaviours waiting just behind the door. Packing your things and going with the flow will completely change one’s life. It will take you far away and it will bring the real you to the surface. The idea is to breathe knowledge and be open minded. It is the only way traveling can get you wiser and can heal you. Until the pandemic gets over let’s take precautions while traveling and look forward for the day when we all can travel with no restrictions.

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