One thing that Angel and I will never stop doing is traveling.
Stepping outside your box and immersing in different cultures is the best education you can buy yourself. It’s so easy to get caught in the rut of routine, forgetting to truly appreciate what is around you.
Not only is a holiday refreshing because it gives you an escape from the “daily grind”, but for many, it’s the only time a person may truly experience being fully present. Forgetting about their worries from the past, and not even thinking about what may happen next – just enjoying exactly where they are in that moment.
This is how we should live – everyday.
Travel has helped me learn to really live in each moment, to be present, and to take notice of what surrounds me at all times – nature, architecture, people. Now, when I’m at home in familiar surrounds, I still feel this appreciation, and it has changed my life.
To some, the idea of traveling somewhere new can be daunting – especially if the local language is not their own. I still remember going on my first trip without my parents – wow did I cry in the days leading up to take off. Of course, I was completely fine once I was on my way, but our mind can drive us nuts in preparation!
If this sounds like you, then a great way to begin is by taking part in a tour to get a fast-tracked glimpse over a particular region; or a retreat to get the full experience of relaxation and escape. Knowing that all you have to do is show up and join the ride takes any pressure off, and allows you to get your feet wet in ideas for planning your next trip.
Those that do travel will know exactly how exhausting it can sometimes be – leaving you needing another holiday to recover from your holiday! A retreat is the perfect way to disconnect from the world, and reconnect with yourself. By clearing out all the clutter in your mind and allowing room for your creativity is when the good stuff really comes through. Taking some quiet time like this is one of the most enjoyable, yet productive, gifts you can give to yourself.
As for right now, here’s a little perspective change:
Step outside, wherever you may be, and imagine you were visiting that spot for the first time. Just really look.
Next, go someplace you’ve never been before. If your budget or schedule wont allow for an immediate trip, it can be as simple as taking a walk along a new route, or making a point of trying out a new cafe for lunch. Treat these events as if you were a tourist, visiting from afar. What would you think of all this stuff if you were? Making simple changes like this can really bring the fun back into what is typically considered mundane, everyday tasks.