I have just returned from a wonderful two week holiday travelling around Sri Lanka.
I feel grounded, connected and energised. Which got me thinking…What is it about travelling to other parts of the world that brings about this deeper connection? How can we hold onto these feelings and bring these experiences into our everyday life?
Travelling has always been one of my greatest pleasures. I first backpacked around Australia when I was 19, and just loved it. It would be fair to say that since then I’ve had the travelling ‘bug’.
When I’m travelling, I feel like I’m more connected with the ‘real’ me. I feel calm, relaxed, and spiritual. I feel a deeper sense of who I am, a greater connection with other people, nature, and the greater universe. Life feels good.
Now I’m back in my world, I’ve been reflecting on; what it is about travelling that is so powerful? And, is it possible to bring these experiences into our daily life without packing a bag or buying a plane ticket? I think it is.
So how can we bring these feelings into our daily life and experience travel every day?
Over the next 5 days I’ll be sharing with you 5 top tips and practical activities to try.
1) Get out there
The benefits of physical activity are well researched to enhance our mental and physical well being, increasing endorphin’s and reducing stress. Result! When we’re travelling we tend to explore places on foot, go outside more, get fresh air, participate in social outings and try new activities. We read and research, we write lists of places to visit and things we’d like to do.
Action: Are there activities or hobbies you’d love to try? Is there something you’ve always wanted to learn? Write a list of all the things you’d love to learn or take up as a hobby.Is there a local club or network you can join? Can you get a friend to join you? Get outside and be a ‘tourist’ in your own town. Ditch the car and walk or ride a bike. Have fun and enjoy!
2) Move out of your Comfort zone
It’s only when we stretch ourselves that we really discover our true self. Travelling immediately pushes you into a flurry of seemingly ‘uncomfortable’ situations like experiencing a culture and lifestyle completely different to your own. Navigating your way around a town where no one speaks your language and the writing is in hieroglyphics. Trying different food or even using different utensils to eat your food- in Sir Lanka we ate curry like the locals do- with our fingers. It felt completely alien, strangely difficult and self-conscious, but after a couple of times, extremely liberating and fun! Now, I’m not suggesting eating your cornflakes with your digits (you can if you wish). When we do something different we really start to grow as individuals.
Stretch: How can you stretch yourself a little further each day? What is one thing you can do today that will move you closer to your goals and dreams? Perhaps it’s giving yourself the gift of time to think about what you really want from your life? Where do you want to be, personally and professionally, in 10 years from today? 5 years? 1 year? 1 month? Next week? Tomorrow? Each day we have is a gift. What steps can you start right now, to move towards your goals? What can you do today that your future self will thank you for?
3) Slow down
Experiencing different routines, a change in landscape and feeling positive emotions can break our habitual thought patterns. Our brains are constantly filtering new information, thinking about the past, present and future. When we travel we allow ourselves time to sit and be, to take in the world around us because it all looks and feels so new and different. We read more and listen to music. When travelling in remote places having no mobile reception or access to Wi-Fi allows us to switch off from technology; it gives our brains a break from all that ‘noise’ and allows us to be in the present moment.
Stop: Give yourself the gift of time. Take time (even 5 minutes) to stop, sit, look, listen all around you. Read a good book or listen to your favourite music. Challenge yourself to a whole day without the internet. Do some yoga or meditation. Make yourself a cup of tea. Have a bath. Relax.
4) Connect with one another
One of the biggest experiences I always take away from my travels is the people I meet. Sri Lanka was no exception. It was truly the people that made our holiday. Honest, generous and kind. We spoke to ‘strangers’ about where we were from, people were genuinely interested in us and our story. People invited us to their homes and shared their food with us. Through limited language we used gestures, body language, eye contact and lots of smiles. Smiling is the universal language of the world. It creates a magical connection with another human being without saying a word. Giving back and connecting with others is important to both our internal and external happiness.
Connect: Who in your life could you choose to make better connections? Tell someones you love them? Hug a friend? Write a love letter? Bake a cake for a neighbour? Compliment a stranger? Pass on a smile? Choose to connect with others today. Have fun with it. Smile. Watch how good it makes them (and you) feel.
5) Be grateful
Visiting countries and meeting people who have very little and barely enough money to feed their family, really brings an important perspective on our own life. We often take so much for granted. Most of us don’t need to look far to appreciate all that we have and all that we can be grateful for. Being grateful reminds us of all the positive things we have in our life, the people who love us and the opportunities we have. It reminds us of what is important and brings a sense of perspective. Too easily we can complain about the little things in our life. It’s hard to complain about these things when you are thankful there is a roof over your head or food in your cupboards. Life in the modern world has its challenges, work can be stressful and life can sometimes feel like an uphill struggle. Be grateful you have work. Be grateful you have challenges to learn from. Be grateful you can learn from them. Be thankful they make you a stronger person. Be thankful for the opportunities life gives you.
Grateful: Grab a pen and write down what and who you are grateful for in your life. Complete the sentence ‘I am so grateful right now…’ Write down at least 40 things you are grateful for in your life. Before you get up in the morning or go to sleep at night, remind yourself for all that you are grateful for.
We can all learn from our experiences, capture special moments and bring them into our everyday life. I am passionate about supporting women to find their life purpose, achieve clarity in their talents and passions and help them create their dream life. You may want to feel more connected with yourself, change direction in your career or harbour a dream. Want to learn more about creating your life long story? Contact me to book in a free clarity session.
Hope you enjoyed reading.
Love & Laughter
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