Travel psychology

Travel Psychology and Life on the Road: When Things Get Tough


It’s been a long time since my last post, and since then I’ve bounced across a few continents. After getting sick with a mosquito virus and serious B12 deficiency in August and September of 2017, I tried to return to my bike in Indonesia after a two-month break. It was too soon; I quickly realized two months wasn’t nearly long enough of a rest. I needed a real break, one without an impending deadline.

Shipping my bike from Bali back to Sydney wasn’t an easy decision. In fact, it was harder to decide to end the worldwide ride than it was to begin. But Europe would have to wait–at least for now, I needed to be done. But the transition from riding the globe to a more sedentary life was a tough undertaking.

Now, I’d like to share some of those thoughts with you, in this podcast about travel psychology and life on the road.

Hope you enjoy!

From an article I wrote for Women ADV Riders magazine:

In this two-part podcast series, author and seasoned traveler Linda Bootherstone Bick, Jacqui Kennedy of Postie Notes (Australia on a Postie Bike) and Women ADV Riders Contributing Editor Elisa Wirkala discuss travel psychology and life on the road: When things take a turn for the worst, what to expect, and how to pull yourself out the other end. Because while we’re all familiar with the glam and benefits of travel, it’s easy to ignore the hardships, especially when your journey has come to an end. Many seasoned travelers are hit by a surprising and harsh reality when it’s time to transition into “normal” life, while others keep the dip at bay by planning the next adventure.

Jackie shares how she plans to get through cancer radiation therapy, while Linda guides us through the ups and downs of long overland journeys, and Elisa shares her recent run in with the blues and questions of “what now” at the sudden end of the most recent leg of her worldwide motorcycle ride.

Join the conversation, here.


Loved the program? Share it, and stay tuned for part II, with author of Ubuntu, Heather Ellis.

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