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What Travel Does for Me


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Hey y'all!


I've been teaching a lot since the start of this new year, so I haven't been able to travel as much or as far. Because of this, I've been doing some reflecting and I wanted to share with you what I've discovered.


 

Life can be really stressful at times, I think we all know that. We all have our own ways of coping with these stresses. For some it's avoidance, for others it's distraction, and for another it's escapism.


I know for my partner, he is a gamer, so to decompress, he loses himself in a game for a few hours.


My mother is definitely someone who chooses to distract herself with work and odd tasks around the house.


I really think mine is traveling. It's a blend of avoidance and escapism for me.


I find a lot of freedom in travel. It frees me from a lot of expectations and responsibilities I have in my day to day life. It lets me be a whole different person for a day, or however long I'm away.



Frau Hannah in Luxembourg

When I'm traveling, I'm not the teacher Miss Hannah, I don't even have to be Hannah. I can be whoever I choose to be. I can dress however I like, I can keep more to myself, I can choose not to interact if I don't want to. I can act more freely all because I'm surrounded by strangers who I'll likely never see again.


I don't have a duty or responsibility to the people around me, I can truly focus more on my wants and needs while I'm away (this is of course when I'm solo traveling).



I truly get an escape from reality for a while, from my reality. Now, that's not to say I want to escape my reality, I absolutely love my life right now. I'm so proud of how far I've come and wouldn't change a thing. But we all need a break from time to time, even from good things.


An important saying I learned was "There can be too much of a good thing". Negative things in life are draining of course, but good things can be just as draining, if not more since we want them to continue. The neutral and mundane can be a good refresher for the soul.



I find when I don't travel often, I get quite squirrely and anxious.


I get intense cabin fever and search out escape through other means that may not be as healthy an option as travel.



Travel really has become a necessary part of my life. It's important I realize that and keep that in mind going forward to help me be the best me I can be.


 

Let's all try to prioritize our needs more this new year!


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