Tips for Mindful Travel

Travel is an enriching experience that often requires you to sacrifice some of your budget and your time from your daily life. While the ideal scenario is that you, as a traveler, will pull away from your life’s worries while on vacation, this is not what would typically happen. Distractions such as impending work emails […]

  • November 13, 2019

Travel is an enriching experience that often requires you to sacrifice some of your budget and your time from your daily life. While the ideal scenario is that you, as a traveler, will pull away from your life’s worries while on vacation, this is not what would typically happen.

Distractions such as impending work emails or even the need to document every little moment during your trip can take away from you being truly mindful and present during your trip. Give yourself a time out with these tips on how you can master the art of mindfulness while traveling.

Avoid preconceptions

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Thanks to the world’s connectivity these days, it’s easy to research everything you need to know about your destination. There will be online reviews about a hotel that you fancy, some suggestions on how you can best tackle a certain city, or even a particular dish that you need to order at one of the restaurants you plan to visit. Research is part of the trip planning, but going overboard can often build your preconception of a destination ahead of your arrival.

Slow down

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slow down
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A well-planned itinerary doesn’t mean you have to follow it down to a T. Avoid rushing and traveling on auto-pilot mode as this will prevent you from fully appreciating your trip. Choose to slow down for a bit and you’d be surprised at the things you might have missed had you been too busy to pay attention.

Stay curious

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Travel is the perfect opportunity to learn new things, to broaden one’s perspective and to engage with a variety of people. Embrace the newness of it, to let yourself be driven by the sense of awe of your discoveries and experiences.

Participate

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You know that famous travel quote that says, “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home”? There will be moments during your trip when you will feel uncomfortable, or you will feel a seed of doubt or fear, but don’t let these negative feelings take over. The last thing you want to happen is to miss out on potential experiences, so be inspired and be involved to make the most of your vacation.

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