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We can actually get stressed out from simply thinking the same kinds of thoughts, day after day and month after month. It can be boring. Plus, we can wear a kind of groove/s in our brains, from lack of novelty. Picture a dirt bicycle path, that countless bicyclists have worn down.
So many people think, “I need a change of scene!” And they think of traveling. But in the last 2 years, travel has not been as simple as plan-reserve-go. So, what if you let your mind travel? That’s what I do! I get curious about an area of the Planet, and I watch videos about that. Of course, a simple way to video travel is to watch the brilliant films of theme travellers, like Anthony Bourdain (food, cooking), Rick Steves (lifestyles of regular people) and Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous). If you love boating, there are a few video series about yachts, yacht crews, and superyachts.
But there is another category of traveling with your mind: watching quality dramas with a strong sense of place. A few of my favorites are on Prime Video, Acorn TV, and Britbox (overlapping services):
- Bergerac. British TV from 1981-1991. Set on the Isle of Jersey, between Britain and France. Intrigue, good characters, complete exploration of Jersey, and a chance to practice your French a bit. Travel and time travel all at once! Star: Jim Bergerac played by John Nettles, who went on to play Inspector Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders.
- Pie in the Sky. British mystery/cookery series from 1994-1997. Set in a fictitious area that could be south of London, features a police inspector who would rather have a restaurant. Settings vary, and you get to visit the English countryside, French cookery, and some lovely manor houses.
- Midsomer Murders. British drama series from 1997-Present. Starred John Nettles for the first 13 years. With strong characters and plots, it is filmed in the most beautiful areas of chocolate-box English villages. Midsomer remains one of the most popular and re-watched drama series of all time.
- Whitstable Pearl. British drama series from 2021, with 2022 in production. Filmed in and around the oyster town of Whitstable, on the southeast coast of England. You meet compelling characters, including the ex-policewoman-restaurant-owner Pearl Nolan, who helps the current detective, Mike McGuire, solve all levels of crimes, with her keen powers of observation and her deep local knowledge. You also get to spend a lot of time on the beach and in different boats and on jet skis.
- My Life is Murder. A New Zealand production (Season 2, 2021) that filmed Season 1 (2019) in Melbourne, Australia. Stars the radiant Lucy Lawless (you remember, Xena Warrior Princess?) as a former police investigator. Her husband dies, she quits the Force, and the Force keeps asking her to consult and solve. This series portrays cheerful, sunny days, in Sydney and in Auckland, with charming coastal cafés, attractive characters, clever reparte’, and plenty of time to make one’s own bread.
I have other favorites, but this article would get much too long. The point is this: I love to travel by simply letting my mind travel, watching the scenery and accents go by in these productions. Why not blow some fresh sea air or cottage views through your brain? Pick something from another place—and time?—and travel mentally—with your phone off. And you’ll be refreshed, plus more and more Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. To email us, firstname.lastname@example.org .