Can travel really heal a broken heart?

Posted on: Thu 17 Jun 2021

A broken heart, feelings of loss and grief, a burnout – a solo trip provides great opportunities for mental healing.

On this week’s Travelling Life, Stef Staelens talks with scientist and counselor Dr. Denholm Aspy, who just packed up his home in Adelaide and sold most of his stuff to cross Australia in a van by himself. His idea: to use travel as a tool to work through the end of his relationship and feelings of burnout. 

He tells us all about his journey. We also talk neuroplasticity, the removal of social pressures on the road, and the idea of travelling to ‘run away from one’s problems’. Find the full chat below.

Story produced by Stefanie Staelens
Photo provided by Kelly Sikkema

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