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?


About Ellen Barone: Consumer travel expert Ellen Barone is the founder and publisher and She’s currently at work on her first book - I COULD LIVE HERE. Click here to learn more or stay connected on Twitter at,FacebookGoogle+ and LinkedIn



Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".