In my latest feature story for Culture Trip, I decided to explore the age-old question of whether travel can heal a broken heart. We’ve all seen the stories: Elizabeth Gilbert overcoming divorce and break up in Italy, India and Indonesia; Cheryl Strayed recovering from her mother’s death and failed marriage while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. These stories inspire us, resonate with us but – more than that – promise us that in our darkest times we can find salvation (and recover ourselves) somewhere in the world.
This idea has always been comforting to me. I am the sort of person who completely drowns in love. When in love (as I blissfully am right now) I am elated. When going through a break-up, I tumble down a dark well of emotions where it seems no sunlight can ever reach. The notion that I could pull myself out of that metaphorical well with the booking of a plane tickets gives me hope – as I’m sure it does many others.
I was curious to see whether travel does more than inspire recovery; can it actually cure heart ache? To answer this question, I reached out to relationship experts and professors of psychology to both understand the physical symptoms of heart break (ends up there are a few) as well as whether travel can aid recovery.
Check out my feature story here….
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