Ever felt stressed when travelling? You’re not alone. We all experience different levels of stress when travelling. This could be travelling to visit family, for leisure or for work.
To help out we’ve curated helpful Travel Tips from our favourite Mindful Travellers around the globe.
Embrace the art of slow travel
In our excitement for travel, we tend to cram as many places as possible into a trip. Eventually, after rushing from one place to another, we end up exhausted. Slowing down allows us to be more mindful, and to connect more deeply with ourselves as well as our destination. This doesn’t necessarily mean traveling longer, but spending more time in one place and experiencing it more deeply. I fell in love with this kind of travel.
Be mindful of your impact
While it’s one of the most beautiful things to travel and to see different countries and cultures, it’s important to treat our destinations wisely. By respecting religious sites, supporting local businesses, using public transport whenever it’s possible, and causing as little waste as possible, you can leave a lighter footprint. When you’re aware of how you treat your environment, people and animals you’re more mindful on your travels.
Have a morning ritual
My early morning walks by the shore of Lake Como helped me to start my day with the right mindset when I spent a month there earlier this year. Depending on your location, try to develop your own morning ritual, such as going for a run in the mountains or jumping into the lake for swimming. By starting your day differently than you do at home, you can truly appreciate the different surroundings you’re in.
Take some time to meditate
When I travel, I always bring a mat to take a few minutes in the morning or in the evening to meditate or practice yoga. This way, I can recharge and appreciate the landscape, culture, and freedom surrounding me. Just a few calm minutes a day can make such a huge difference in terms of mindfulness.
Create your most vibrant life through Yoga and Ayurveda
Alternate nostril breathing. I used to have a pretty intense fear of flying but I found that when I spent some time down-regulating my nervous system before a flight, I was able to calm my mind and my fears. This simple breathing practice is a go-to for me and one that I usually do while waiting to board or once I’m on the plane before take-off.
To do Nadi Shodhana: Sit comfortably with a tall spine. Close your eyes and start to breathe slowly and deeply. When you feel settled, use the thumb of your right hand to gently cover the right nostril just below the bridge of the nose. Inhale slowly through the left nostril. Cover your left nostril with your ring finger as you release the right nostril and exhale slowly through the right nostril. Inhale through the right nostril, switch fingers again, and exhale slowly and completely through your left nostril. Repeat for 8-10x. Release your hand down. Rest softly for a moment and be aware of how you feel. Open your eyes gently when you are ready.
Air travel is very drying and depleting from an Ayurvedic perspective. One way to counter that is to be sure you are drinking enough water. Bring a reusable water bottle with you and fill it up with filtered water before your flight. I aim for at least a liter of water/2-3 hr flight. I also welcome the extra trip to the bathroom as an excuse to get up and stretch my legs!
Mindful Travel Kit
Bring a travel kit with you that includes things that will nourish, hydrate, and soothe while you are on your plane. Mine includes several tea bags (peppermint, chamomile, and licorice are favorites), lavender essential oils, CBD tincture, ear plugs and eye mask for longer flights, and chocolate to add sweetness to my travels, plus a snack or two. I keep it all in a small make-up bag so it’s easy to take out and keep in the seat pocket rather than rummaging through my carry-on. It also helps to me to feel like I can create a little ritual around my travel and I love that!