Top 9 recurring traveler’s syndromes

Traveling is something incredible that allows us to discover distant lands and learn more about the world around us, that’s when it’s going well. Because traveling can sometimes lead to the limits of madness, and fundamentally reshape your vision of the real and the mystical without you fully realizing it when it happens.

1. Florence syndrome (Stendhal version)

It was the visit to the Basilica of Santa Croce in Florence that inspired Stendhal to write these few words: “I was in a sort of ecstasy, by the idea of ​​being in Florence, and the neighborhood of great men from whom I came. to see the tombs. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty, I saw it up close, I touched it, so to speak. I had reached this point of emotion where the celestial sensations given by the Fine Arts and passionate feelings meet. » Literary manifestation of a recurring syndrome for those who stroll along the paths of the main Tuscan city and who, exposed to too many works, end up going to rest in the hospital.

2. Jerusalem Syndrome

This syndrome is to religion what that of Stendhal is to works of art. It would be the pilgrimage or the simple visit, because it does not only affect believers, in the city of the three great monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) which would trigger it. Its manifestations (such as the will to purify oneself, the declamation of sermons, the reading of the Bible in public) strike up to 20 people a year, the excitement of finding themselves in such a place steeped in history at the such a powerful religious aura is probably too much to bear.

3. Paris Syndrome

We often talk about this syndrome when quoting the film Amelie Poulain : the idealized vision of the city of lights completely out of step with the harshness of the natives and their city, which ultimately appear in the eyes of the tourist as being… too Parisian. Yes, because you are well aware that the Parisian continually expresses his disagreement, interrupts his speech, dirties his streets and boulevards, which are things that the Japanese struggle to understand. In the summer of 2011 alone, twenty people were affected and six were urgently repatriated. And I’m not talking about people who expect to discover Paris after seeing the film Ratatouille.

4. Tokyo Syndrome

If Europeans go through the Paris syndrome, that of Tokyo is, on the contrary, exclusively reserved for them. Similarly, it stems from an idealization of Japanese life, conveyed through manga, film, and traditional historical aesthetics. The truth is in fact quite different: radically different writing, the difficulty of establishing contact, sprawling cities, naturally imposed distances between individuals, thousands of codes of good conduct and honor… In short, cultural integration particularly complex that can break a cable.

5. Indian Syndrome

It affects some of the tourists going to India, a country in which all Western landmarks are undermined. The crowds, the noises, the smells, the poverty, the climate (monsoon, very high heat, etc.), the omnipresence of death and exacerbated mysticism provoke, in the best of cases, an irrepressible desire to flee. In the worst case, a wavering personality, sometimes accompanied by significant psychiatric disorders, in particular a desire to be one with the world… The big trip!

Top 9 recurring traveler's syndromes
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6. Stockholm Syndrome

Don’t worry, there is no danger of catching it while visiting Sweden. Here is the story: Jan Erik Olsson, after escaping from prison, robbed a bank in Stockholm and took four of the bank’s employees hostage. By dint of negotiations, he manages to free a fellow prisoner who will join him. 6 trading days later, the hostages are released. Arrested, Jan Erik Olsson, is brought to justice. But none of the hostages will testify against him, and Katrin, one of the employees, will even fall in love with him. Today we therefore use the term to refer to people who develop a form of affection for their captors.

Top 9 recurring traveler's syndromes
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7. Lima Syndrome

The same story, but upside down, or almost… It all started on December 17 in Lima, in the residence of the Japanese ambassador, who organized a grand reception that evening. It was then that the Revolutionary Movement Tupac Amaru (MRTA) and its leader Nestor Cerpa Cartolini, burst in and took all the guests hostage for 21 days. In the end, the kidnapper will take a liking to his hostages and let them all go, clearly the opposite effect.

Top 9 recurring traveler's syndromes
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8. Tourette Syndrome

OK, this one has nothing to do! It was to see if you were following, even if it is a charming village in Rhône-Alpes.

9. Neverland Syndrome

More commonly known as “Peter Pan syndrome”, a phenomenon that refers to adults refusing to grow up. Pirates, mermaids, Indians or this kind of characters that belong to the collective imagination. To go there ? Take the ‘second right and straight ahead until morning. Exclusively reserved for those who refuse to let their dreams become obsolete piles of ashes.

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