While travel does expand and stretch the horizons of what we know about the world, it is not the answer we’re looking for in times of unrest. To strengthen the health of the mind, the venue to do that in is the one we are in now.
It is location-independent, and always will be.
The key is not to discard The Box of Daily Experience and find a new one — it’s to warmly embrace the one that we have now — with its joys, its flaws, and everything in between.
I’ve definitely fallen prey to the use of vacation as a substitute for facing my own problems.
This article (complete with cute illustrations) serves as a great reminder that value can be derived from the monotony of our daily lives.