When I was in New York last year, I do confess feeling a bit of pressure to fit as much as possible to my travel experience in the Big Apple. Then, one day my husband felt ill, and we had to slow down and stay in our Airbnb. It was out last full day in the city, but we didn’t have a choice.
And with no resistance at all, we chilled and understood that it was more important to overcome his illness and not sightseeing for that day.
Simple as that! It wasn’t that bad after all. He recovered and we relaxed for the day.
What mindfulness teach us is trying to stay 100% connected with the present moment. In a world that is more important to be connected to the Internet than to the environment, it’s is time to learn how to live the whole experience when travelling too.
This way, I could see it’s possible to have a complete mindful experience when travelling and make the most of your holiday. Here are some tips on it:
It seems silly but one of the best memories I have from a trip to Glasgow, nearly 10 years ago, was sitting down on a bar with boyfriend at the time – now husband- drinking some cocktails and looking at the buzz of the Glaswegian streets in the evening.
Don’t get me wrong. When I mean people’s watching is not like staring at pedestrians, it’s just a way of enjoying the local buzzing. If you’re travelling alone, it will probably be easier to absolve the whole experience.
Find your favourite Quiet Space
I don`t know you, but there is nothing more exciting on a trip for me than finding a remote space where you can spend a quiet and relaxing time. It can be the top of a hill or a peaceful hammock in the back garden.
The most important thing is finding a spot that you can meditate, practice some yoga or even train your mindful routines.Many people that joined some kind of NLP Training before have learnt some steps to practice it in many ways, everywhere they go. You can choose a professional online to help you in this challenge.
Write a Journal
Taking photos is probably the perfect way of keeping your travel memories. But why not keep your memories on the paper too? If you have some spare time during the holidays, writing a journal can be an alternative to make a your travel journey memorable as well.
Besides, it’s an excellent bookmark to remember favourite restaurants, cafes and bars that you would certainly visit again or recommend someone. I usually keep a diary with short notes on my travel destinations. Especially if I intent to write about a special email on the blog or moment sent with special ones.
It’s always important to immerse yourself in the local culture and social aspects of a place you are visiting for the first time. It doesn’t matter if you have learnt basic sentences and words in the local language or if you are trying to help the community buying local products.
Thinking locally also brings your naturally to the present time. You will enjoy your experience in a full if try to eat the local sourced food instead of asking for fish and chips and a pint, right?