Lucky enough to be hitting the road soon on a much-needed adventure? Or, possibly boarding a plane to a far-away land to discover? Maybe even paying a visit to see relatives or close friends you have not seen in entirely too long? Or creating plans to set sail on a cruise to a tropical paradise for serious relaxation? The form of travel can be an experience in and of itself, but all new destinations (or even ones we have been to before) expand us in so many healthy ways for our body and soul.
Here is what I mean:
When we travel, we are exposed to new landscapes, new languages, new customs, new cultures, new climates, new adventures, new people and new foods. All of these can provide keener perspectives about other parts of the world and its people but also about ourselves. It can stimulate questions to ask ourselves like these:
- How did we feel when we were there?
- What did we think about the people we encountered?
- What did we like or not like?
- What did we eat?
- What did we learn?
- What are some healthy habits, experiences, customs or foods we would like to adopt into our own lives when we return home?
WHAT TO BRING HOME FROM YOUR TRAVELS TO CREATE A HEALTHIER LIFE
T-shirts or postcards may be some of the items you stuffed in your suitcase before returning home from your travels, but could there be some more intangible items that you bring home with you, too? There may be even some you do not need to declare in customs or collect dust on your shelf!
Some of the more elusive and life-changing souvenirs you could have brought back with you could include these – all leading you to a much healthier, richer and more balanced life:
1. BETTER CONNECTIONS
2. NEW HEALTHY FOODS
3. NEW FORM OF EXERCISE
4. MEDITATION OR PRACTICE OF PRAYER
Other cultures, other religions. Perhaps you were exposed to a ceremony celebrating a religious belief you do no share. But, you learned more about it. Or ,perhaps you were visiting friends that incorporate prayer into their meal time where you do not. You liked that and now are making that a habit you will try with your family. Meditation is also important to many cultures. Your visit with your college friend introduced you to it and now you are going to give it a try at home each morning this week.Don’t miss this: Learn a bit about why to choose yoga, tai-chi and meditation to balance your day right here!
5. NEW LANGUAGE
6. GREATER INSIGHT
Maneuvering about locations other than home and meeting new people can provide a heightened confidence in yourself and a better understanding of other cultures and what their daily lives and challenges are. You may learn what their hopes for their part of the world are and how they view your country as well. Or, you may gain a new perspective on a family member and who they really are just by spending more time and observing them.
FOR EVEN MORE ON THE TOPIC . . .
- Look at these items you may want to slip in your carry-on bag for a much better flight.
- Make those travel dreams of yours happen with this step-by-step plan – even if you think it is totally impossible!
So, what about you and your travels? What did you bring back and why? Please tell us your story and share in the comments!