There’s something really beautiful that happens during the process of travel, whether adventuring to faraway and mysterious lands or exploring in your own backyard.
As someone who’s had the great fortune and opportunity to travel to various places around the world I can say with confidence, if you have the opportunity to do so, GO! You never know where the adventure will take you. From each experience I learned something new – whether it was about a new culture, place, or about myself.
No matter where I go or for how long, I always come back feeling inspired and having learned more about myself in some shape or form.
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
~ Mary Anne Radmache
Sometimes adventuring can be stressful or just super busy. Here are some of our favorite tips to get the most out of your trip while staying grounded and guided by intention.
Reflect on How You Want to Feel
Before heading on your trip, take some time to journal and reflect on how you want to FEEL during and after this trip. What do you want to experience? Just as setting an intention for the day can be intensely rewarding, setting an overall intention for a trip can bring you back to why you are doing what you are doing and can help you stay present throughout your travels.
Carry a Favorite Talisman
Being away from home, family, friends, routine, etc. can take some getting used to. Or you may be so immersed in the travel experience that you forget to take a moment for yourself.
To help yourself stay grounded and present while on the go, we encourage taking with you a favorite talisman on your journey. Carry your favourite crystal and/or adorn yourself with your favourite necklace. Though small, these cherished items will remind you to bring back ritual into your life even while travelling.
Bring in Ritual
Even when on the road, find a way to bring in some of your favourite rituals into your day, whether it’s meditating before you head out on your next adventure, working out, reading oracle cards, and more.
Practicing your rituals will help ground you and bring you back to the present moment, helping you enjoy your trip even more.
Journal Your Experience
Besides photographing and filming where you go – journalling your experience throughout the trip can be extremely rewarding. Beyond journalling how you felt at different times on your trip, take some notes on where you went, activities you did, food you ate, songs you listened to – taking these kinds of notes will help you remember the trip in more detail and will be fun to read back through when you return home.
Be Aware of Social Media Use
It can be tempting to want to check back in with social media or with life back home (and there’s nothing wrong with doing so) – but traveling offers the chance to step away from the routine of your day to day.
Try being as present as possible and focus on enjoying the experience. We’re not saying do a complete social media detox while you travel (though you could if you wanted to!), but be mindful of how you’re using social media and whether it’s taking away from your experience or adding to it.
Be open to change, don’t have all your plans set in stone – embrace spontaneity. Of course you’ll have the major attractions you’d like to visit, but take some time to just explore, you never know what fun places you’ll stumble upon or the interesting people you will meet.
Travelling is an amazing opportunity to try something new. We find that bringing in some of our favourite rituals and talismans with us on our adventure can help make it even more meaningful.
Do you have some favourite traveling tips?
If you could go anywhere right now where would you go?