Balance September 2017 - 66

MODERN PHILOSOPHER

the the r a p y
of trave l
surface - deep-rooted feelings that have
been there since childhood and which
only climbing a mountain or sailing an
ocean will sufficiently challenge.

THE RIGHT HOLIDAY
Travel doesn't allow you to hide behind
anything. It freezes out the superficial. But
heading in the wrong direction adds to,
rather than relieves, emotional baggage.
Lonely people should not go on city
breaks. Cities are by their very nature
for those who delight in getting lost in
'busy-ness' and want to observe but not be
observed. Faces are anonymous and not
all that important.  Lonely people are best
served by a vast landscapes of wilderness,
where in that unquestioning space, all
that is unnecessary and diverting is
stripped away, until you are left with
what is important - ultimately with the
truth that you are important. 

Sarah Tucker
explores the
impact of
travel on our
psyches and
how every trip
is potentially a
pilgrimage...

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TAKE THE PLUNGE

Romantic
places
allow you to
stagnate in
memories,
but not
heal. China,
its culture
steeped in
spiritual
wisdom,
will give you
courage and
perspective
to dissolve,
rather than
dismiss,
your
feelings.

BA LA N CE September 2017

Broken hearts are best served in places
which do not overwhelm your personal
tragedy.  Romantic places allow you to
stagnate in memories, but not heal. China,
for example, expansive on every level,
its culture steeped in spiritual wisdom,
rather than the adolescent materialism
of America, will give you courage and
perspective to dissolve, rather than
dismiss, your feelings.
The great French writer and Nobel Prize
winner André Gide said, 'Man cannot
discover new oceans unless he has the
courage to lose sight of the shore.'
Just like learning another language,
experiencing the detail of how other
people express themselves allows you
to learn more about your own selfexpression. It seems enlightenment will
always be the ultimate destination. B
The A to Zen of Travel by Sarah Tucker is
available now (£6.99, New Generation).

PHOTOGRAPHY: STOCKSY

he best holiday souvenir is
personal transformation.
External journeys can reflect
the psychological journey
of self-discovery. Research by luxury
tour operator Kuoni in 2010 revealed
that people are more likely to change
their job, lifestyle and even relationship
after a holiday because they'd had the
space to step back from their life choices.
Observing the value other cultures place
on family, friends and community makes
you reflect on your own. When you witness
people who appreciate what they have - no
matter how little - you realise the stuff
of experience is more important than the
experience of stuff.
Who you travel with is as important
as where you travel. By choosing our
travel companions well, we learn more
about them and ourselves - as American
novelist Ernest Hemingway said - 'never
go on trips with anyone you don't love'.
After all, no one holds their emotional
breath on holiday. They become, or find
themselves. Frequently, emotional wounds
of loss, regret, anger, frustration, or anxiety



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