Most of us with a taste for wanderlust already know we want to travel far, travel thoughtfully and travel often. We know we should be more open minded and spontaneous, more courageous, playful and appreciative. It’s just that we sometimes need reminding. Or, I do anyway. Here’s a shortlist of ways to help make your adventures more meaningful.
1. Open yourself to possibility
When someone suggests something that at first feels outrageous, or outside your comfort zone, open your heart and mind to the possibility that it might contribute to better understanding or experiences.
2. Embrace wildness
Give yourself opportunities to experience the restorative power of wilderness and wild places. It’s impossible to feel disconnected or alone in the natural world.
3. Expect the unexpected
You can end any and all suffering by reminding yourself that stuff happens and plans change. Fixed itineraries are an illusion to free yourself of.
4. Let go of judgment
Your desire to go somewhere else is to see new things and have new experiences - not to make judgments. Be curious and open to differences.
5. Stay in the now
Practice enjoying the present moment. Refuse to allow anything but the miracles of now to have your attention.
6. Be alert for passion clues
Leave the voice of doubt at home and tune-in to passion. View travel as an opportunity to get to know yourself better. Be alert for clues - enthusiasm, timelessness, ease, etc. - that point the way to bliss.
What are your suggestions for making travel special?