Is travel good for the soul? | Instant News

Whenever I think about how much I love traveling, which seems to be a lot more often now that it’s restricted, I think about the movie that started it all for me: Eat Pray Love. The film is based on the true story of Elizabeth Gilbert, an author who spent a year of her busy life traveling to Italy, India and Indonesia – countries all beginning with the letter “I”, reflecting her personal development journey. Watching her, I am always in awe of how much she learns about each place and the joy she finds not only in exploring other cultures, but in the act of traveling itself. I realized how much I had become dependent on the structure. On my first solo trip to Montreal, Canada, I read Gilbert’s novel of the same name. I was again reminded why such trips are so beneficial for your well-being. I felt a surge of independence and freedom while exploring the city as I had complete control over whatever I wanted to do. Traveling gives you a boost of confidence that you will be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Organization and preparation are important, but travel also requires flexibility and a willingness to go with the flow that can often only come with practice these days. Being able to make a shared decision about where to eat or see next is a skill many of us have lost in the rush of deadlines and commitments we’re all used to in college. Many of us have become full time planners. Alone in Montreal, having to rely on my somewhat fragile French, I realized how much I had become dependent on the structure. Being able to navigate alone in an unfamiliar environment gave me a huge boost of confidence. Canada isn’t that far from the UK anyway, so imagine how exploring a totally unfamiliar place might make you feel! Traveling frees you from routine or restrictions, which can be such a good lift when you’ve had enough. I took my trip for a week of reading, and having a break from the routine was another very refreshing perk of my experience. I didn’t have any worries or responsibilities to think about, and I felt so much lighter and happier for it. Traveling gives you the first opportunity to take a step back. It can make you rethink the routine completely; I find myself questioning the extra stress I put on myself after vacationing in slower-paced places like Mauritius or Greece. There’s a reason why Donna’s move from Greece to Mamma Mia! is so attractive! Discovering other cultures can give you a glimpse of your own. Birmingham seems perpetually ‘on’ and never seems to be slowing down compared to many places. A trip is a chance to rejuvenate, so you can come home refreshed, and maybe even with a different approach. Travel is good for the soul because it is an act of self-care. Travel is good for the soul because it is an act of self-care. It’s about giving you full control over your time. And that doesn’t just apply to a relaxing vacation. An action-packed trip can also do wonders for your sanity, as you can fully experience new things and commit to exploring. Traveling is a chance to hit your stress reset button. But it’s also an opportunity to learn more about the world and yourself. When the world does finally reopen, traveling is something that many of us look forward to the most. For more articles from Redbrick Travel, check out the links below: The Best Travel Books To Make You Feel Like On Vacation Finding Confidence In Traveling How To Plan A Group Vacation

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