There is so much joy to experience in travel. When you take a step back from your busy, fast-paced life, you can learn a lot – especially about yourself.
Are you thinking of skipping town? Here are 3 tips to travel mindfully this summer:
1. Happier and Healthier Intentions
Before you set off on your trip, ask yourself a few questions about why you want to travel:
- Are you looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to reclaim your sense of passion?
- Are you seeking new adventures to inspire untapped creativity in your day-to-day routine
- What’s really speaking to you in this moment?
The goal is to remind yourself why you’re traveling in the first place. This way, you can access a happier and healthier self on your summer excursion.
These intentions will keep you centered while navigating the trip’s many experiences. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the attractions a destination has to offer. If a tourist attraction sounds enticing, then go for it. Otherwise, you may want to take a step back and see if it truly will fits into your happier and healthier intentions.
2. Let Yourself Wander
One of the most freeing aspects of travel is seeing where life takes you. Let go of any prior expectations and just let yourself wander.
Some people enjoy a thoroughly planned trip with an itinerary. There is no shame in an itinerary. It can be a powerful tool to help free the mind and be present. But don’t be afraid to give in to wanderlust - letting yourself roam is a very liberating experience.
You may consider the many attractions, or you might not. The idea of racing towards the next tourist craze because someone says it is a "must see,” is just that -- an idea. The truth is, those options will always be there, and will always be easy to find. The real adventure starts when you choose your own path. So free yourself from the routine and restraint that everyday life demands.
3. Disconnect from Distractions
Your Summer trip is the time to find balance between the many people, places and things in your personal life. Your friends, family, and colleagues want you to be happy, and giving yourself the free space and time is a great place to start.
Let's start with your phone, one of the most connected devices in our lives. Introduce another daily trip practice, create a morning or evening habit of checking your phone for five minutes to respond to messages. Remember, friends and family want you to have a great time. It can even be helpful to set communication and connectivity expectations.
Quick tech tips: Limit phone notifications by activating the device’s “do not disturb” function, set up email away messages, and lastly, log out of your social media applications.
People often ask, “where did you go on your vacation?” The more thoughtful question is, “why did you go on vacation?” Next time you’re planning a trip, try asking why you want to go before asking where you want to go. How am I going to come back from my trip feeling happier, and healthier? That is how you set yourself up for a truly nourishing Summer trip.