A recent post on Kristine Hansen’s Travel In Mind blog discusses why traveling while grieving can be beneficial. Taking a trip after someone dies, she reckons, could be away to begin working through internal chaos. She shares the story of author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, who took trips after the deaths of each of her parents over a seven-year period.
Death of a loved one isn’t the only life trauma that spurs people to pack their bags and hit the road indefinitely. There’s a subtext to many otherwise bubbly, adventure-packed travel blogs that speaks of trying circumstances back at home: mentally or physically ill parents; drug-addicted siblings; poverty; break-ups; or just a general inability to get along with family. Some of these situations result in the traveler constantly going from country to country or moving abroad permanently. Of course, it's a problem if a person hits the road only to indulge in unhealthy escapist behavior and not to eventually deal with the trauma.