Travel to Mend a Broken Spirit
Sometimes, when you need it the most, travel sweeps in and heals you in a way that nothing else can.
Winter 2008 was a tough time for me. My relationship had ended suddenly and bitterly, leaving me an emotional wreck. On top of that, I couldn’t shake a monthlong sinus infection. I was bored and unhappy in my job, and after nearly a year of searching, I was growing desperate that I wouldn’t be able to find another.
Then my mom invited me to join her on a trip to New Mexico.
I booked my ticket that afternoon.
We spent a week road tripping around the state — from Albuquerque south to Las Cruces, then back north to Santa Fe. We soaked in mineral baths at Truth or Consequences, ran down dunes at White Sands National Monument, and dined with prominent artists.
Maybe it was because I had escaped the endless Massachusetts winter. Maybe it was because the food was loaded with green and red chiles. But after a few days in New Mexico, my illness eased and my mood brightened.
That’s what travel does —
Travel stimulates your senses.
Travel gives you confidence.
Travel awakens your childlike wonder.
It’s like putting your soul through a wringer. After traveling, you emerge healthier in mind, body and spirit.
By the time my mom and I hit Santa Fe, I was happily chatting up locals and picking out gifts for my friends. I returned to Boston well-rested, healthy, and rocking some gorgeous turquoise earrings.
The rest of that winter was difficult, but having that week gave me an incredible energy boost. New Mexico gave me the chance to breathe again — and to return to my adventurous self.
Has travel ever mended your spirit?