How to practice mindfulness when travelling

Mindfulness while travelling

Whether you’re on the road or in the air, it’s important to introduce a little zen into your journey. Travelling is all about new experiences and connecting with people and inspiring cultures and that’s where Trafalgar comes into play. Experience the real thing, without worry and learn how to enhance your adventures and recharge en route with these simple tips.

1. Reclaim your space

Spending hours on an airplane to Europe and Britain means you have plenty of time to ponder. Bring on calmness by plugging in your headphones with your favourite tunes, meditation or mindfulness app and close your eyes. Focus on your breathing, inhaling and exhaling slowly. If you’ve got less than quiet co-travellers, a pair of noise-cancelling headphones will do the trick.

2. Detox digitally at your destination

You’ve reached your destination and your first instinct may be to turn off airplane mode and share your current location via Facebook. The excitement of the tyres hitting the tarmac and realising your holiday has officially begun comes with the urge to share it with the world. A digital detox is key to really taking in your experiences. Translate that energy into appreciating your surrounds and face-to-face communication on your adventures. See if you can find that hidden passageway behind Las Casas de la Judería in Seville.

3. Free your senses

Pay close attention to the spaces around you as you take in the new sights, sounds and smells of your new environment. Take in the smells of the fresh food markets in Italy with Chef Libero, the sounds of the ocean hitting the shores near O’o Farm in Maui and the roughness of the sand between your toes. Be mindful in your approach and you’ll feel a sense of calmness and appreciation.

4. Jot down your experiences in a travel journal

Not only does journal writing allow you translate your surroundings into words, it’s the perfect keepsake for when you look back at your journey. Write down what you see, eat and visit and all the smaller details, as it makes your experience more memorable.  Although “a picture is worth a thousand words,” your own personal account in written form allows you to appreciate the little moments of your trip.

5. Take time out for yourself

With so many flights, copious itineraries, consecutive early mornings it can be difficult to find time to simply sit and really take in your surroundings. Let 2018 be the year you ticked off that dream holiday. If travelling with friends, don’t be afraid to wander off on your own and find new experiences. By soaking in the ambiance of places like Niagara where you can visit a family- owned Canadian winery to try regional ice wine and cuisine you’ll open yourself to a newly found gratefulness for the opportunity to travel.

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This piece was produced in partnership with Trafalgar.

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