Have you ever traveled to discover a new place, a new foods, a new drinks or a new friends?
Let’s uncage yourself as used to. Mentally or physically, you escape to other places. You crave adventure. You seek the unknown. You will see new places, learn new things, enjoy new experiences and then return home to the familiar, the predictable, the secure, before taking off again on their travels.
This departure-return behaviour has its origins, perhaps, in the early exploratory behaviour of the child. Research has shown that children who are “securely attached” to their parents, sure of their affection and protection, and who know that their parents will respond to their needs, are more independent, adventurous and exploratory in their play and behaviour.
Observations of infants show that from the safe base of having a parent present and available, the infant dares to move away a short distance and then return to the parent, to move a little further and return, until in incremental and amazingly measurable distances it explores the environment that surrounds it and has the courage to move beyond it.
This may be the first symbolic travel: the first departure, the first expedition and the possible beginning of the travel bug for those for whom their initial independent voyaging was successful.
With these first independent steps away from the parental presence lies the atavistic or recurring wish to reach out beyond the current confines of space and relationship
and see what is further away. And yet further again to see what is not visible, what is around the next corner, in the next room and eventually on
the other side of our geographical or psychological world. This is a human need. It is why we have uncovered our world, travelled its length, hiked to the top of its mountains and the depth of its oceans. It is why we became discontent with exploring our own plant but had to move beyond it into the unknown. It is why, as poet TS Eliot reminds us, we will “not cease from exploration”.