31 Jan 2017

The Art of Mindfulness

The Art of Mindfulness_Travel

With limited time and budget, we tend to squeeze in as many activities as possible into our travel itinerary. But ask yourself if you are having a restful trip? Learn the art of mindfulness so you will feel more refreshed, rejuvenated and enriched from your next trip. 

1. Do Less but Explore Indepth

Don't do things just because you have to see the top 10 places of interest recommended by the guidebook. Have a main objective you want to achieve, say to catch the Northern Lights, attend the New Orleans Jazz Festival and keep the rest of the itinerary flexible. 

This gives you the opportunity to go with the flow, heed your intuition and change your plans according to how you feel and who you meet during your travel. Focus on doing less and schedule more time for discovery. 

2. Be Curious & Judge Less

Be interested in what is presented to you, whether it is new food or new activity. Like they say, drink in whatever that comes your way! Even if the experience turns out negative, find humour in it. If you can embrace everything and judge less, travel can be a gateway to new adventures. 

Use this new experience to also strike up conversations with fellow travelers or the locals. You will find yourself more connected to the place than rushing in and out of venues without fully engaging with people. 

3. Make Time to Reflect

Don't hole up in your hotel room with your mobile devices and social media postings - which brings us to the next point. 

Instead of documenting your travel on your mobile devices, try going out the full day without them and just soak in the beauty of the surroundings with your eyes. Travel is a good time for contemplation. As you reflect the day, jot down your thoughts in a journal, a postcard or something that has a special meaning like the ticket to a concert you've attended there. It should be positive things that would remind you of the place or the experience when you look back. 

The idea of mindful travel takes time to get used to but if you are looking for a transformative and an insightful experience, it's worth making a personal commitment to 'live in the moment'.