There are many different views on the meaning and function of travel, all of which are different. Life is like a journey against the road, and I am also a pedestrian. What gains and experiences can travel bring us?
Nobel Laureate Olga Tokarchuk mentioned in the book “Wandering” that travel psychology is very different from traditional psychology. The research object of traditional psychology is people in a fixed state. Psychology focuses on the static and stable psychology, while travel psychology pays more attention to people’s desire, mainly to explore why people don’t want to stay in the original place? What is the metaphorical meaning of travel locations? Through the process of dynamic flow, to explore the question of life.
Milan Kundera said in the book “Living Elsewhere”: “When living elsewhere, it is a dream, art, poetry, and when elsewhere becomes here, the sense of sublime immediately becomes life. The other side of the world: cruelty.” Every trip is also a short “living elsewhere”.
Travel “Tranquility” – why travel is the only way to relieve worries
Tao Yuanming’s “Peach Blossom Spring” shows us a wonderful encounter and a unique experience. The desire for a paradise has been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people since ancient times. Many people regard travel as a deep self-healing, which means detaching from reality, detaching from the sense of reality, letting themselves go for a short time, and pursuing their own “paradise”. Yu Guangzhong, a literary master who loves traveling and writes good travel notes, wrote in “How to Relieve Worry”: “Before and after travel, there are quite pleasant fluctuations, which can almost be said to be a spiritual exchange, which can relieve worries.
” The experience of the protagonist Xu Hongdou in “A Place of Wind” is moving and fascinated countless people. In order to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the struggle in the workplace, and the pain of the death of her best friend, Xu Hongdou resigned resolutely with her best friend’s long-cherished wish. She suddenly realized that “a person who races against time will always be a loser”, and went to see the outside world instead of his dead best friend. Into the “Xanadu” that belonged to her for a short time – a small village in Yunnan.
There, she met the beautiful scenery, got along with the warm villagers, and faced with another self. She found another meaning of life and unearthed a deeper value need. As the book “Yunyou” said: “Landing at the right place at the right time, seizing the opportunity, grasping the moment, and never letting go-this means cracking the password of the safe, and the truth will appear, where you will Find love and happiness.”
Psychologist Mihaly Csiksenmihalai coined the concept of “flow,” which refers to the feeling that a person’s mind is fully engaged in an activity. When we are in a state of flow, we will have the following experiences: 1. Time passes quickly, and an hour passes in the blink of an eye. 2. Unconsciously, there is no need to deliberately experience something. 3. Feeling that everything you do counts. 4. Feel completely in control. During the trip, beautiful scenery, delicious food, and wonderful encounters will make people enter a “state of ecstasy”, and feel that time passes quickly. This is the process of “flow experience”, which fascinates many people who want to seek spiritual healing .
What is even more valuable is that in the play, different characters put forward soul tortures of “ideal” and “value”. Not only did Xu Hongdou think about it, but she also led us outside the play to realize it together. She said: “I came here just to find out what kind of life I want.” It may be easy to change the way of life, but to know the heart correctly and find the most suitable survival value for you, you need to know why. “Change this way of living” is more important, this is the real “human sobriety”.
The windy courtyard in the play provides a space to “explore inwardly”, but how to explore is up to you. Except for Xu Hongdou, there are other tenants who “escaped” from other places and carried their previous “scars”. , while in mind. Traveling outward and healing the heart inward, let us stop internal friction and anxiety, and the healing ability lies only in ourselves, not in “elsewhere”.
This place of peace of mind is my hometown
Live elsewhere, but always in the present. Yu Guangzhong said in “How to Relieve Worry”: “Of course, no matter how long the journey is, the pedestrians will be brought back home, with dust from the distance sticking to the soles of their boots. All bridges and all roads in the world, no matter how many left and right turns, In the end, I always go back to my own door. However, traveling is just like being drunk. The time limit for relieving worries is limited after all, and when you wake up from a hangover, you are equally lost.” People with great wisdom should have a sense of boundaries, and travel Cutting off from real life, using travel to observe reality, and bringing the harvest of travel into life, this is called “a worthwhile trip”.
Psychologist Carl Jung said: “The way we look at things determines everything, not the things themselves.” Although we pursue poetry and the distance, more poetry is still in the present life, otherwise we will fall into the misunderstanding of high ambitions. Traveling can certainly help us escape from the moment and ease our emotions, but simply evading problems through travel is not the fundamental way to solve problems. Traveling is just an external form and carrier, while healing is about gaining strength from within. When we encounter problems, we should actively seek better solutions.
This reminds me of the story of the Jewish psychologist Victor Frank during World War II. He was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp and lived in fear of death every second. Most of the fellow sufferers have changed from the anger and fear of “why” to the self-anesthesia of “this is fate”, and finally have a nervous breakdown and die in a concentration camp. But there are also some inmates who are even stronger, shaving their beards clean with glass chips every day, and facing suffering with dignity. He was so shocked that he chose to “proactively” face death. After the victory of World War II, as a survivor, he wrote the famous book “Living the Meaning of Life”: “Anything a person owns can be taken away. Only the last freedom of human nature is to choose in any situation. The freedom of one’s own attitude and way of life cannot be deprived.”
Even if you are in a cage, letting your mind be free and liberated is not a higher level of freedom. Whenever I think of this story, I will be moved and full of strength!
It is good to be able to travel and go out to change the environment to take a breath, but not everyone has the conditions to let go of everything, let go of everything, and go to live “somewhere else”. Therefore, understanding that “this place is my hometown”, careful introspection alone, the body is not moving, the heart can be far away, and achieving a spiritual breakthrough can allow us to have freedom in a broader sense.
Travel “catharsis” – see Chang’an flowers in one day
I saw a post on Weibo: During the Spring Festival, there are so many people traveling to Thailand, when will the off-season come? A travel agency replied below: “There is no off-season this year, it’s all peak season!”
I finally got out of the sea of ”people following the crowd” and arrived in Nanjing smoothly. The cousin who picked me up pointed to a bunch of young people at the train station and told me, “Look, these are all ‘special forces’.” It was only later that I realized that this is a popular word on the Internet recently. Nowadays, entries such as “special forces tourism”, “military training tourism” and “college students military training tourism” have become hot topics on many social media. It is more popular among college students.
In fact, it is not just young people who are keen on such catharsis, many tourists have long liked to “punch in” travel. Advertisements abound for tour groups offering ten-day tours to seven countries in Europe and six-day tours to five countries in Southeast Asia. A foreign reporter once wrote an article “flash tour” London with the Chinese tour group on the occasion of the “October Golden Week” in 2014: The Chinese tour group hopes to visit the most attractions in the shortest time, the Tower of London is half an hour , 10 minutes from Buckingham Palace, 9 hours from Paris to Switzerland, 4 hours in Rome, 3 hours in Venice. This crazy trip to several countries in one day shocked overseas. Is this kind of quick trip meaningful?
Being able to enjoy solitude is also an attitude of embracing freedom.
Of course it makes sense. “Youth has no price, and it goes straight to Lhasa.” This sentence is the best answer. Who has never been crazy or wonderful? If the purpose of travel is to vent and release emotions, then this way of checking in and “discharging” has helped them successfully complete their mission. After all, in the case of limited time, energy, and financial resources, a tight itinerary can also gain a lot of enrichment. Surprised and proud.
To “discharge” but also to “charge”
Some people say that it is meaningless to “check in” like this. A travel photographer shared his travel experience: before the age of 25, he went to more than 30 countries, his passport was covered with steel stamps, and he had hundreds of thousands of photos… But in the end he said: It’s boring. Some people complain about the punch-card travel of “getting in the car to sleep, getting off to take pictures”, and what you get is only exhaustion and a visit here, and it is easy for people to fall into the emptiness of life that falls from the noise to the emptiness afterwards.
Xu Xiake, the “traveler” of the Ming Dynasty, can be called the hardcore “donkey friend” in history. He offers a ceiling-level practice. Xu Xiake wrote a 600,000-word “Xu Xiake’s Travel Notes” during his 50,000-kilometer trip and measuring the land of the motherland with his feet. It is one of the 20 most influential works in China, and it can be called a milestone in the history of Chinese tourism and culture. He is also known as a geographer, explorer, traveler and writer by later generations, and together with Marco Polo, he is called “the holy traveler of the East and the holy traveler of the west”.
There is a very incisive saying on the Internet: “You must read more books, otherwise, no matter how many miles you travel, you will be just a postman.” Choose carefully.
Bi Shumin said in “Travel with Soul”: “It is said that the ancient Indians had a habit. When their bodies moved too fast, they would stop, set up camp, and wait patiently for their souls to catch up. “Whether it is tranquility or catharsis, we should use our energy and wisdom to travel rationally and savor life. We are all travelers of time, passers-by of life.