Most of our patients at Tribeca Therapy are overworked professionals who are often dealing with two competing interests: having too many demands on their time and not having enough space to be creative. Our practice was recently featured in Jetsetter, speaking to the ways in which travel can sometimes act as a “hard reset.”
In the article entitled, “Three Big Reasons Why Travel Is Good For Your Mental Health,” our director Matt tells writer Jackie Homan that travel is more than just a break from work. It can help with issues such as creative blocks, the desire to connect with a partner, friends or family, and being lost professionally. “Being drastically outside of the familiar can function as a sort of creative disruption,” says Matt.
In addition to boosting creativity and productivity, the article pinpoints how travel can “act as a conduit for building and understanding relationships.” Of course, there are instances of romantic relationships that come to an end right after a major trip. But, as Matt admits, “I’m not sure that’s a negative…Traveling together can bring clarity to feelings.”
Traveling with your partner, family or friends offers not just an opportunity to spend time together, but it’s a “different kind of time.” Max provides an example of a pre-teen who continued to get in serious fights with his sister. An extended trip to Asia brought them outside their normal routine. Matt observes, “They experienced being amazed together, confused together, and disoriented together. It was quite meaningful for their relationship.”
However, Matt notes that travel doesn’t necessarily function as an antidote to malaise or suffering, other than temporarily. “Travel is a space for development that can compliment the broader development work,” he reveals.