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29
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Glenpark Road, Birmingham – for Boredom

Abroad is, as we know, the exciting bit. You’ve been so far recently. You were in Abuja only on Tuesday and then at Heathrow on Wednesday. Yesterday lunchtime, you were having fried plantain in the Wuse district with Promise and Chinwe, and at eight...
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28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Comuna 13, San Javier, Medellín, Colombia – for Dissatisfaction

Groups of young men armed with planks of wood roam the alleyways extorting money. Houses are made of bits of tin, old doors, the occasional lump of concrete, oil drums and tarpaulin sheets. Sofa carcasses thrown onto rubbish tips in the first world are...
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28
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Pumping Station, Isla Mayor, Seville – for Snobbery

There are many guide books suggesting what you might do when you get to Seville. But they all pretty much agree that you must go both to the Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, and then to the Alcázar –...
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27
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Eastown Theatre, Detroit – for Perspective

It would be, today, unusual to find a travel agent recommending a sojourn in Detroit as the ideal vacation. The city, after all, is in decline. There are neighbourhoods full of derelict homes, there are shattered theatres and ruined office buildings that were thriving...
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26
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Pefkos beach, Rhodes – for Anxiety

You haven’t come to Rhodes to explore the medieval old town or the ancient temple of Apollo. You’ve not been drawn by a longing to try the local delicacy of chickpea fritters and unsalted ewe’s milk cheese. Your more sophisticated acquaintances would think it...
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25
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Capri Hotel, Changi Airport, Singapore - for Thinking

You’ve been in the air for 12 hours. Now this anonymous box. It was your company’s idea. You’d have a chance to sleep a little, then catch the next 11 hour flight, before heading straight into the conference. You’ve been assigned a room at...
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22
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Café de Zaak, Utrecht – for Sex Education

August is perfect for sitting outside at the Café de Zaak in the Korte Minrebroederstraat. The decent beers on tap, plus a generous bring-your-own-meal policy make this one of the nicest cafes in town. If one’s honest, there are really some very intriguing locals here....
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21
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Corner shop, Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama – for Shyness

On the first day, it was difficult. You went into the corner shop just off the main Motomachi shopping street to buy a prepaid mobile card. You pointed at your phone, you pretended to make a call. It was useless. Mr Nishimura couldn’t understand...
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20
Aug
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Travel as Therapy: Monument Valley, USA - for Calm

You are - quite literally - in the middle of nowhere - and, unexpectedly, it’s helping. A lot. How frantic we otherwise normally are. We live competitive crazed lives: we compare ourselves constantly to those who have more, are smarter, seem more organised, look younger...  There...
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19
Aug
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Travel as Therapy - An Introduction

Nowadays we're used to thinking of travel as the 'fun' bit of life, but enjoyment isn't a reason why it shouldn't also do some very serious things for us. At its deepest level, travel can assist us with our psychological education. It can -...
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19
Jun
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Where to go on holiday – and why?

Going travelling is one of the most exciting pastimes of all. It’s up there with love in terms of the happiness it can bring – though, unlike love, it is generally assumed to be a straightforward process entailing no big theoretical or philosophical issues....
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