Travel – To go from one place to another, take a trip; journey.
Midlife can become a period of discontent that can produce feelings of boredom, doubt, anger, and unease. Midlife crisis brings along feelings of anxiety, stress, restlessness and regrets of missing out on things.
So, would you know what works best to get out of it?
I just found out and that is yes, Travel.
Trying new things:
Travel gives you an opportunity to seek new experiences. Trying something new while you are young comes naturally. But not so in midlife. So, travel and meet new people, try new food and seek new challenges.
Go for solo travel. I am doing that next month and am super excited. Being with yourself can be a refreshing change and will bring you closer to yourself.
Age is just a number
There is no age to travel. You must have seen so many retired couples travelling alone and enjoying their time in the company of each other. Ageing and travel are not related. Rather come to think of it, there will be less of packing without kids.
There is so much to learn while you travel and explore new places. And an opportunity to learn at midlife through a travel experience can be so satisfying.
Find your true calling
Travel gives you a time to introspect. You can take time off and find comfort in the unknown environment. If you are facing a midlife crisis and are unsure of what you want from life, I am sure travel will help put things into perspective. Find your true calling by travelling.
Forget your miseries
A change of environment for a brief period might help shun negative thoughts. While going through midlife, one might get disturbed by the transition and I feel at that moment travelling would provide a relief from the uncomfortable circumstances. It gives a chance to think rationally and also forget all your miseries.
I have my Midlife Travel bucket list for the next few years ready. And here is it:
Pondicherry is the quiet little town on the southern coast of India. I plan to visit Pondicherry with my friends – a girls only trip which I am super excited about as its planned for this year itself.
London is one foreign country which has been on my bucket list for the longest time. I hope I get a chance to check it off soon.
It’s my wish to celebrate my wedding anniversary in Paris. The sooner the better.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not because people in their midlife turn spiritual that I want to visit Kailash Mansarovar. I want to visit because I am sure along with it being a spiritual journey it is going to be a life-changing one as well. Mount Kailash and Lake Mansarovar is the most exquisite natural beauty in my opinion.
Few travel quotes which I liked the best:
“The World is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page” –Saint Augustine
“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit” – Frank Borman
“The best education that I have ever received is through Travel” – Lisa Ling