10 Ways in which Travel can help overcome Depression

Posted on June 22, 2016

When we are depressed, we hide from the world. So we suffer in silence, hoping that it will go away one day. But we have a better solution for all your depression woes. And it doesn’t exist at the bottom of that pill bottle or in taking opium!

It’s called TRAVEL.

There are various things that can cause depression, and you try many different ways to get rid of it and cure yourself, be it prescription drugs or other conventional treatments. However, one thing you might not have considered is taking a vacation. Often, this can be the best cure for extreme melancholia and misery and can inspire you again. Moreover, it doesn’t have any adverse side effects commonly associated with taking drugs.

This is the reason many movies show individuals flying out or moving to new places to get away from the depression and bad memories troubling them back home. Such cases include Rambo 4, where the protagonist John Rambo has moved to Thailand to make tracks in an opposite direction from things, or Beyond Rangoon where Patricia Arquette’s character goes on an outing to Burma (Myanmar) after the demise of her significant other and child.

So in case you’re one of these individuals who feel despondent or know people who do, then here are some reasons why you should try travel to alleviate the pain.

1) Travel helps you get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily life

There are many people who suffer from depression mainly triggered by bad circumstances. For example, you had a crappy job or no job, hated your education, didn’t have a good love life/social life, which was bogging you down in life. Take a trip close to nature which will allow you to unwind and ease the pain, and as it happens in a lot of cases, help you find solutions to your life’s problems. Trust us, it can do wonders.

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2) Travel lets you see the real world

Travel, like dreams, is a door that opens from the real world into a world that is yet to be discovered. A lot of people travel not only because it is enjoyable but also because it enlightens. There are lots of amazing places, culture and cuisines to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book, there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will spend because memories last forever.

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3) Travel helps you meet people from different cultures

On these travel journeys, you will discover individuals you quickly connect with. By traveling, you get the chance to meet diverse individuals from different places and varied experiences who can lend a fresh perspective to your life. The connections you build on your travels can stay forever and become your support system. Not only does traveling enhance social skills, it can make you fearless, and help you fight off any demons you have.

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4) Trying new things is always a fun

Try going on a journey full of adventurous activities: trekking, rafting, bungee-jumping, rock climbing, volcano boarding. The world is your playground. Once you will start challenging yourself and overcome your fears, the problem that’s making you depressed will seem small. Getting out of your comfort zone will give you the confidence to take on anything in life..head on!

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5) Travel can be therapeutic, relaxing, and stimulating

There’s something truly therapeutic about leaving home and traveling to somewhere you’ve never been to. To change your life, you would have to change from within. This is where perspective on travel as therapy can begin its application. It relaxes your soul and helps you get to know yourself at a spiritual level.

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6) Travel gives you the freedom to “just be yourself”

Traveling teaches you so many things – not only in a cultural way but also on a personal level. When we’re home, most of us pretend to be somebody we’re not, to fit in and ensure our daily lives go smoothly. We rarely get a chance to be ourselves, perhaps only with a very few people that we’re extremely close to. Over time, we continually ignore those little details of ourselves that really define us and eventually we forget who we really are. Traveling is a great way to know yourself and be yourself, for when you travel, most people you come across don’t know you (unless you’re a global celebrity!) so you can be who you are – no pretenses, no drama, no fear.

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7) Travel inspires you to write and express yourself

Sometimes we can get really bogged down with the issues in our lives, and travel is one thing that can unlock whole new ways for us to funnel our creative energy into something positive. Writing down your travel experiences will help you remember how great that journey made you feel. Why stop there? Start a travel blog and share your experiences with others! The love and appreciation you get would make you feel a whole lot better about yourself and your life.

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8) Food will become your best friend

One of the best things about traveling is being able to try new kinds of food. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as a sandwich. Food almost always tastes different when you’re in a new city or country. And research shows that trying new cuisine works as an antidepressant. The most important thing to remember when it comes to new food is to have an open mind. You never know, you might discover your new favorite friend in the disguise of food!

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9) Travel makes you independent and strong

When you decide to travel by yourself, you already know you can be responsible enough to take care of yourself. You take your life in your own hands and you can live it as you desire. Travel teaches you to take care of yourself in any circumstances.

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10) Traveling is a life-changing experience

Travel makes you a better person and we are sure you can say the same. It helps young people (many of whom suffer from some form of depression or other these days) find a purpose in life, introduces them to new cultures and broadens their horizons. Travel has the potential to change your life forever by helping you gain new skills and discover qualities about yourself you never thought existed.

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