Recently it has been a challenge for us all, as we have been dealing with pandemic, economic concerns, and what feels like the world turned upside down. These challenges often can mean that we feel stuck in our lives. Feeling stuck has real impacts on our physical and mental health. When our world has shrunk to the four walls of our home it can be easy to start to struggle to imagine something bigger and bolder for our lives. Travel can be the antidote to these struggles. .
If you are looking for a push to encourage yourself to travel right now, consider travel as a way of celebrating a life event. Such an event could include a graduation, a successful cryoablation therapy treatment, a birthday, a professional accomplishment, or any other milestone. There is no personal milestone that is too small to be celebrated with travel. The process of celebrating these milestones means we recognize that no matter how it might feel in the moment there are always things we can and should celebrate. This can make us feel physically and mentally better about our lives.
Travel looks like a lot of different things to each and every one of us.Travel can be jumping on a plane and going to a far off location, or exploring new parts of our hometown, or simply watching a documentary about another part of the world. There are so many ways we can all travel right now, no matter what might be happening in the wider world.
No matter who you are or what your circumstances are you can travel via virtual travel adventures. These can include virtual reality experiences, digital exhibits, documentaries, or taking out beautiful photo books from the library. While these experiences are not the same as going to these locations they provide the opportunity to go places you might not be able to go to otherwise because of cost or health and safety issues. In addition in some cases such virtual travel adventures mean you can explore locations that have been closed to tourists because of overuse or the state of the location itself or recreations of places lost to time.
It does not matter if you live in a big city or a tiny one stoplight town there are places in your community that you have not had the opportunity to explore. Local travel is a great opportunity to learn about your community and find new ways to connect to others. Local travel might look like going on a hike, going on a short drive, or meeting up with an elder in the community who knows the traditional stories of your community. Every location has ties to history or cool celebrities that you can explore. Every location also has roots in native peoples who lived there before the westerners came. Go explore all the wonders which are all around you at all times and see where your life and the life of your family connects to a wider experience.
When we travel globally we can choose to travel to places which are seen as wonders of the world or we can choose to travel to places that have personal meaning for us. You might consider an amazing international park, or tracing the path that your ancestors took. Every place has a story and a history that you can explore and such exploration will open your eyes and help you realize where you want to find yourself in your life and what steps you might need to take in order to reach those goals. Travel can help you have deeper roots as well as understanding that the sky’s the limit in your life.
Right now when the four walls of our homes can feel limiting consider celebrating a personal milestone with travel. Travel can be a big adventure or it can be putting a cool documentary on. No matter who you are you have no excuse not to travel right now. Travel will help you get outside your own head and outside of your own life and be able to look at life with a new point of view which will help your physical and mental health. Go travel.