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Four tips to satisfy your travel desires when you are confined (or almost)

There are those who, in the face of the epidemic, are staying the course and keeping their spirits up. And those who can’t do it anymore and dream of elsewhere. Four ideas for escaping from your sofa.

Repeated confinements, curfews, closed borders… The French are less and less tolerant of the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This is in any case what the results of a study published last December in the international scientific journal The Lancet Public Health . Wearing a mask, transport limitations, digital tracking, still passes. On the other hand, the pill goes much less well when it comes to giving up your plans for getaways. Fortunately, Rodolphe Christin, sociologist and author of Real life is here. Traveling again? (Écosociété editions, 2020) and Ondine Peyron, psychologist and therapist help us to put things into perspective.

Ask the right questions

“There are a thousand and one reasons to travel and to have desire to travel », begins Ondine Peyron. New cultures, new customs, new smells, travel stimulates our body and our brain. It satisfies our curiosity, awakens our senses and allows us to test our limits. But also sometimes, to flee a daily life that is too monotonous or too stressful. This is where the problem lies. “The idea of ​​travel as a palliative for his ill-being seems to me a bit of a shame”explains the psychologist. “Indeed, the exit door that the trip would offer here risks being therapeutic only for the time of its duration”.

In other words, hunt the natural, it will come back at a gallop as soon as you return from vacation. What confirms Rodolphe Christin. “If it is necessary to go far to rest, it may mean that daily life has become unbearable”.If this is the case, it is on the reasons for this arduousness that we should look, and perhaps not on a potential escape in a distant land., adds Ondine Peyron. Before ruminating because it is impossible to travel, we therefore ask ourselves the right questions.

Avoid falling into the trap of routine

“When a person is locked into a routine that is too rigid, too repetitive, they have a hard time getting out of it in general“, indicates the psychologist who specifies, “thus, she risks being easily disoriented in the face of the unforeseen” (here, the Covid-19 pandemic). Conversely, a person who leaves room for chance more easily will adapt more quickly to any situation. “A curfew at 6 p.m.? Alright, so I’m going to work in the evenings instead to enjoy my day. A new containment? This will allow me to do some work in my kitchen. Unable to go abroad? What if I spent a few days in Brittany …”. During this particular period, Ondine Peyron invites us to seek hidden creativity in our own resources: “To prevent the days from following each other and looking alike. Let our imagination surprise us and shake up our routine”.

enjoy local

“If man has always been on the move, in the 21st century, tourism has become a generalized habit, a behavioral norm made possible by an unprecedented ease of travel”, reports the sociologist. Until this pandemic, which abruptly curbed this momentum and led to general awareness. “At least for now” notes the author of several books on tourism. “We also saw it this summer, the majority of French people traveled to France”, emphasizes Ondine Peyron in turn. The two professionals are unanimous: rather than playing the eternal dissatisfaction of not being able to fly far, let’s take advantage of the range of landscapes that we have at hand.

Sign out

At the water’s edge, along the paradisiacal beaches of the preserved bay of Samaná in the Dominican Republic, the stall is total, the telephone, aside all day. What you wouldn’t think of doing at home. And yet. “You should be able to disconnect. For example, make your bedroom (or at least your bed) a no wifi zone”recommends the transactional analysis therapist. “Because of not having a screen, we will then draw, write, read, or even simply daydream”. She quotes Louis-Ferdinand Céline. After all, “for traveling […] Just close your eyes”.


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