October 10 is World Mental Health Day. It is observed with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues and mobilizing efforts in support of better mental health. This year, the theme is mental health in the workplace. For most people, travel provides the perfect relaxation. But as with all good things, there is a catch. These four addictions could ruin your life if it crosses the moderation point. Introducing four manias that a frequent traveler may face.
Dromomania is an uncontrollable psychological urge to wander. This traveling fugue or vagabond neurosis was officially added to the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders in 2000. And it says “sufferers have an abnormal impulse to travel; they are prepared to spend beyond their means, sacrifice jobs, lovers, and security in their lust for new experiences.”
Islomania is that strange attraction for islands. This is perhaps one of those addictions that led to the new worlds being discovered. And history abounds in stories of men discovering new lands on their quest. A trend that still continues. Do you have it? It is time for a rethink.
Xenomania is an inordinate attachment to foreign things - an attraction to its customs, institutions, manners, and fashions. If you are one of them, we just cannot blame you.
Ecdemomania is that chronic and uncontrollable urge to wander. And you suffer from it if you are already traveling and you can't sit still in your hotel room or find it hard to resist keeping with your tour group.
So, do you suffer from any of these urges? Then it is time to take some time off and rethink how you strike the travel- life balance.