Any number of films and books have portrayed protagonists traveling to “find themselves”, or to get in better control of their lives. After the book and subsequent film of Eat, Pray, Love became huge hits, for example, more and more people began to look at the emotional side of traveling, and sometimes the idea of a journey being a solo endeavor that enriched our own minds began to take hold. Any truth to it?

Of course!

Travel can be wonderful for mental health. It doesn’t even need to be very far, or expensive. Traveling to a new place can enrich our minds, and steep us in a new culture. We can explore things we’ve never seen before, and visiting a new place can be a helpful metaphor for us unlocking parts of our mind that we might have to deal with. By finding and experiencing these places, we can also occasionally make peace with something from our past that we might’ve needed to remember.