“We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again – to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” – Pico Iyer
Live in the Now & Embrace Everything
Travel with an open mind and commit to living in the moment. Make sure you take time to slow down and relish in the experience. It is easy to become distracted along the way and to be thinking ahead to the next detail or activity on your agenda, but instead, try to take the experience in fully and notice what is happening around you. Maybe you could even put down your camera … if even just for a few minutes! There is always a chance that you may not visit a certain place again, so do not take the experience for granted. Embrace the opportunity and remind yourself that you are fortunate to have the freedom and ability to travel. Try something new, look outside the box, be brave and embrace everything with open arms.
Seek to Engage & Foster New Connections
Rather than travelling to escape life, seek to engage with the places and people around you. Travel is often considered a getaway from the stresses, challenges and constraints of daily life. Travel can help us to engage with something or someone in a new and different way, offering fresh and meaningful outlooks on the world around us. Travel is all about connecting with people, places and ideas. Once you have disconnected from the everyday distractions of life, you can immerse yourself in exploring new cultures, learning about new environments, and meeting new people. These connections can shift our perspectives of self, others and the world around us, challenging our ideas and viewpoints.
Take Time to Reflect & Cultivate Gratitude
Set time aside to reflect on your experiences, connections and learning. Many of us travel to encounter the unfamiliar and to be changed by it, so by reflecting and documenting your memories they will be more powerful when you reminisce down the road. The process of being reflective and grateful encourages us to take stock and inventory of our experiences. Consider how you may have been impacted, mentally, physically, and emotionally, by your travels. To better process our travels, we need to allow the lessons to settle and take time for reflection upon ourselves, our planet and our place in it. Travel can challenge us and remind us of what a beautiful and diverse world we live in, cultivating a sense of gratitude, care and stewardship.
“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert