Category Archives: Travel Psychology

is about the human experience of travel and what it’s all about. Various essays and articles are presented on the subject of travel psychology. Sometimes they appear from time to time in the guise of a ‘course’ or a ‘primer,’ such as, ‘Travel Psychology 101,’ and more. Sometimes a short subject may appear on a very specific subject or theme. An example may be: “What is the Paris Syndrome?” “Why would someone want to know about travel psychology” is another.

Water Is like a Box of Chocolates

You Never Can Be Sure What You’re Gonna Get!

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DONT DRINK THE WATER SOMETIMES

And Never, EVER Walk Away from Your Drink!

And Leave It Unguarded!

The Perils of Pauline!

Perils of Pauline

Pauline was always a damsel in distress. She was infamous for getting herself into all sorts of trouble. But its not only Pauline; its many travelers equally as well.

Who among us has not witnessed a girl (or woman) getting up from her table or barstool to go to the restroom, glibly abandoning her drink to anyone and everyone to be potentially tempted to do the dastardly deed as slipping her a‚ mickey (dropping something untoward in her drink), i.e., something as evil as like a date rape drug or God only knows what other incapacitating substance!

Has it ever really happened? You betcha! Such goings on have often been reported to have happened to travelers to Mexico, for instance. And it’s certainly not limited to there; it happens at home; it happens everywhere.

Rule #1 (Is strictly common sense): Never, ever, EVER‚ leave a drink unguarded even for a moment!

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Pschitt Definitely Happens!

Remember when (some of us)‚ would drink the official American drink, namely, Coca Cola, to cure an upset stomach in India or Morocco, or wherever? Seems to have worked. But, let’s face it, you never know what youre gonna get when you take a drink.

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Geez, you can’t just drink any ole Pschitt wherever you go and be oblivious to the possible consequences. They say, “You are what you drink, (and you are what you eat), and there’s an awful lot of truth to that!

Rule #2: For Gods sake, KNOW‚ what you are drinking!

Bottled Water

A corollary to this is that you get what you drink! Just never simply take a chance and drink that bottled water‚ UNTIL YOU CHECK THAT THE CAP IS SEALED!

Bottled water is touted as the be all, end all for drinking water overseas.

They say that bottled water is as pure as a newborn baby. Maybe so. But they also say, “Hey, that’s nothing more than tap water! Can you be sure you can trust third-world bottled water? Hell, you never know if it is just tap water, but the chances are these days that you can pretty much count on it being purified, with this one caveat, however.

All too often people simply will drink the bottled water without first checking that the bottle is‚ COMPLETELY SEALED!

Rule #3:‚ Make‚ absolutely certain that the cap is firmly‚ SEALED‚ to begin with!

Shower Water

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And, finally, here’s another thought about drinking the water. Well, I dont suppose you think of shower water as something that you strictly drink,‚ do you? But here’s something I’ll bet very few people really think very much about.

When you take a shower, water enters you just about everywhere/EVERY orifice: your eyes, your nose, your ears, your mouth, your skin . . . It can be tantamount to taking a drink. And, let’s face it: it maybe only takes but ONE bacterium‚ to give you “Delhi belly, doesnt it?

I interviewed one traveler who told me that she took a shower in India, accidentally swallowed some water, and then got horribly sick shortly thereafter, presumably as a result. Blame it on the water? Who knew?

Rule #4:‚ Be aware that shower water in third-world countries‚ CAN‚ do you in!

 

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Travel Psychology FAQ

 

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Q. What is the psychology of travel?

A. Travel psychology is the study and application of knowledge about the human mind and behavior specifically to the activity of traveling. Culture shock, for example, is an issue that people struggle with when coming to terms with the typical psychological unknowns that they must understand when immersing themselves in a foreign country for a longer period of time.

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The Cancun Effect
(Or Is It the Cocoon Effect?)

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Stan Sesser of the Wall Street Journal asks me in an email on 02/15/2007:

“Why might American tourists, afraid to go to some countries, have no fear in going to others, even though the countries might be identical regarding danger, terrorism, and so on.”

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Departures / Arrivals:
Time to Exit the Travelers Cocoon

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Departures: Time to Insulate

According to Merriam/Webster, Online, a cocoon is

“something suggesting providing protection or in producing isolation, e.g., wrapped in a cocoon of blankets”

 And, Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, defines cocoon as:

  “an attempt to disguise it from predators”

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The Airport Experience as a Rite of Passage!
or, The Air Travelers Survival Guide to the Airport Nightmare! 

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You are about to depart on your dream trip of a lifetime, this summer. But instead of anticipating the excitement and adventure of your grand vacation, you find yourself focusing, instead, on the dreadful reality of having to face and deal with one of the roughest summers of air travel in recent history namely the airport departure nightmare!

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Developing a Sense of Self through Travel
Fear / Exhilaration of Self

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Sometimes we don’t really know who we are until we truly put ourselves to the test. Living comfortably, safely, and securely in our own cocoons, never taking chances, never venturing out, can we truly have a sense of who we truly are?

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The Psychology of Travel Primer

Travel Psychology 101

“We don’t have to be the originators of these treks; we merely need to repeat them in order to reap the psychological bennies that fuel the human psyche . . .” –Michael Brein

There is no known theorized body of psychology that explicitly addresses questions of the psychology of travel. Of course there are some fundamental Psychology 101 concepts that do apply, and these you will read below. Psychology, although a social science, still remains today an ‘art’ by which lay and scientific practitioners weave and create their explanations. Below, I weave my own fabric of explanations of the psychology of travel as they apply to the pop psychology of everyday travel and adventure.

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