5 Reasons Why Traveling Will Help You Get Over Your Breakup

Forget about your breakup and open your heart to the world through traveling.

By Mathew S. Chan
September 21, 2015


Breakups are hard, and although it may seem impossible to get over them, you eventually will. One surefire way to help you is by traveling. When you travel, you experience things that will make you forget about your breakup and open your eyes to new things. If you still aren’t convinced, here are 5 reasons why you should travel to get over your breakup:

1. You learn to love and appreciate yourself.
When you travel—especially alone—you learn to rely on yourself and you discover just how strong you are. There are things you realize about yourself while traveling that would have been impossible to figure out if you were still in a relationship. Travel pushes you to the boundaries of your capabilities. Being in a relationship can make you lose your sense of self, having functioned as a unit for so long. Traveling will get you back on the path to locating yourself after all that time.

2. You can see that there’s a bigger picture out there.
If you’ve been in a relationship for a while, it can be hard to see the world outside of your bubble. When you travel, you see the world and how much you are missing. You learn that there are plenty of other things out there and you can be a part of them. Your breakup is just a tiny piece of the big picture. There will always be something greater that is worth exploring.

3. You figure out that friends will always be there for you.
It can feel like you are so alone after a breakup and that there is no one out there who will ever love you in the way you want. Just like when you climb a mountain with your barkada, your friends will be there for you when you need them. Traveling with friends can be very memorable, and the happiness you get from the experience is doubled when you’re with the people you care about. With them around, you’ll soon forget about the breakup and realize that friends are the only people you need to love.

4. You discover new loves that don’t relate to being in a relationship.
You can love a person, but a person is not the only thing you can love. Traveling can open your eyes to new loves like food, architecture, culture, and so much more. You spent a portion of your life loving someone else, but now you’ll realize that you could have used that time to love more enriching things (that’s not to say a relationship is not enriching). When you travel, you can start a love affair with the world that will last a lifetime.

5. You realize there are so many fish in the sea.
When you’re in a relationship, you’re convinced that the person you’re with is the one and that there’s no one else who can love you in the same way. That feeling is heightened when you break up, but as you travel and explore the world, you realize that there are so many people out there and that your ex is just one of them. You can learn to love someone else. Who knows? This time, the person you fall in love with could be from a completely different place and culture, and getting to know them will be a brand new adventure in itself.