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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The Psychological Bulletin
& the Adjustment of the Sojourner
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