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The Healing Powers of Adventure Travel

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | July 08, 2016

The Healing Powers of Adventure Travel

Photo by Janeen Christoff

There are many occasions on my own travels that I have found adventure to be a magic elixir to the stresses in my life. Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone — and then realizing you can climb a mountain, rappel down a sheer cliff-face or hike to the top of a mountain can really take your mind off of your everyday problems. 

Abigail Butcher perfectly described this phenomenon for the Globe and Mail, discussing the therapeutic powers of adventure travel. 

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“I’ve discovered I can’t live without regular doses of mind-focusing adrenaline,” wrote Butcher. “Adventure travel once helped pull me out of a deep depression and it’s a tonic to my soul that works better than any pill.”

She also talks about how travel can distract a person from life’s everyday struggles. 

“It sounds so cliched, but navigating a yacht around tiny inlets, looking for a secure place to anchor for the night slowly started to erase the self-doubt and loathing I’d been riddled with for years,” she said.

When it comes right down to it, you don’t have to go on an extreme adventure to take your mind off your troubles, Butcher articulates some great reasons why you should.


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