A broken heart is never welcome. Sleepless nights, moments spent remembering the past, wishing things will work out and the two of you will get back together. Sound familiar?
How do you manage a broken heart? I found my refuge and healing in travel.
Travel is a distraction.
Instead of wallowing in painful memories and obsessive thoughts about what might have been, pack your bags. Travel requires a certain degree of planning, and planning is a fantastic distraction.
Find a new destination on your bucket list, research hotels or Airbnb or even start planning every single detail of your trip if you really need to. Being occupied is a great way to start moving on and what better way than to plan a fun trip abroad.
Travel creates distance.
Distance is a great healer, as well as time. Traveling is a great way to separate yourself from the past and learn to let go of those memories.
Traveling provides you with both physical distance and emotional distance. It gives you the distance from the person you don’t want to see, as well as provides you the opportunity to step outside your usual context.
Travel challenges you.
Putting yourself in a new environment challenges your brain to think about other things. When you travel alone, you only have yourself to depend on. In the process, you will discover skills that you did not previously know you had.
You meet new people.
Meeting new people is probably one of the best side effects of traveling. I have made so many new friends while I have been on the road.
As an introvert, I always find it difficult to talk with strangers, but when I’m visiting new places, I am pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to start conversations with people.
When you are on the road, you meet so many fantastic people. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is a great way to distract yourself – you’ll be too busy creating new unforgettable memories to spend time dwelling on the past.
Travel forces you to be present.
Travel teaches you, first and foremost, to be in the present moment. Relax. Let go.
You discover yourself again.
This is a big one, y’all! Travel offers so much when it comes to personal development.
When you are so used to being with someone, and you are suddenly left all alone, you need time to reconnect with yourself. Being independent is the most freeing thing in the world.
Travel pushes you out of your comfort zones from time to time, and you’ll surprise yourself with how well you cope with those situations, and you’ll feel a stronger and more confident person.
Heartbreaks are endings that can lead to new beginnings if you let them. Be brave and allow yourself to experience new things, experience new cultures, and meet new people through travel.