Do you enjoy travel?
Who doesn’t, right?
Do you get easily stressed or know someone who does when it comes to packing their bags and hitting the road?
No doubt, a bit of stress and excitement is part of the package – yet I thought I would share with you some tips & tricks I’ve picked up over the last few years that may help reduce any unnecessary stress or strain next time you hit the road.
With the surge in technology over the last 10 years, the way we travel, organize, make bookings and plan things has changed forever!
So, when fusing technology with a relaxed, steady and zen approach to travel, this is what I have discovered…
1. All you need is your passport, cash, and a credit card. Everything else is trivial and can be replaced.
Clean underpants and a pair of socks are also important but seriously, don’t sweat the small stuff. Learn to pack small, as it makes you more agile, flexible and free flowing on the road. Not having lots of clothes packed means you have the best excuse to buy new ones at the next location!
If you can’t carry your luggage for more than 30-40metres, you’re dragging a ball and socket around with you. Downsize or get rid of it!
2. Airbnb.com is the New Face of Travel Accommodation
I simply love Airbnb. You can get your own house, a private room in a local’s house or even share a room if you’re on a budget. You can even choose the exact suburb or location you want to stay. One of the main advantages is that you can connect with locals straight away. The whole thing just feels more authentic than staying in sterile hotel rooms with staff with whom are paid to put on a uniform and a happy face.
It’s easy, it’s fast, it’s fun and it works!
I have only had great experiences with Airbnb, and I will continue to use it for years to come.
3. Ride a Bicycle!
If the location you’re in supports easy access to bicycles and bike paths – do it! Riding a bicycle is by far the best way to experience a new place. It gets your heart going, moves stagnation (from sitting on planes, etc.) and increases your appetite, so you get to enjoy the local food and wine even more!
4. Attend a Local Yoga Class (even if not in English)
Travelling tightens up the body and causes it a bit of stress. New food, new air, new people, new everything. The body tends to get a bit shocked by it all, and one way to help it integrate and settle is to attend a local yoga class or two.
It provides a nice time and space to be with yourself and appreciate where you are on your journey.
If the class is not in English, please be extra careful, especially if you are a beginner. Do not push yourself. And how to tell if you are? If you hold your breath while attempting poses, this is a sign you’re trying too hard! Pull back a bit! Lie down flat on the mat if you feel inspired to do so. Remember – you are your own guru!
5. Walk slowly. Talk Less. Phone Less. Be Present.
Nothing is more powerful in this world than presence. Presence means not getting ready to “go into the next moment” or expecting the next moment to be better than this moment. When you really “get that” a whole new world of appreciation and beauty opens up to you.
To support that space, walk with ease, reduce unnecessary chatter, use your phone only when needed, and take your time…
6. Over Planning Creates Rigidity
Always allow for at least 20% unplanned space.
When we over plan into the future, what we are really doing is trying to control our lives with an iron fist. Where is the fun in that? Allow yourself to be receptive to life and its guidance, however, to do that, you must allow for some space in your schedule.
7. Flight Planning
I’ve been using kayak.com and skyscanner.com for the last few years and have found it to be great at finding me affordable flights. Recently, I also discovered Google Flights, which I think has the potential to be even better as it offers up a map of the globe so you can see things more clearly.
8. Honor the Moon Cycles
Pay attention to the full and new moons as they come through. They naturally have a powerful effect on our emotional and psychological health.
During new moon periods, it’s always better to stay in and catch up on sleep.
Near full moon periods, it’s great to take advantage of the extra energy in the atmosphere and go out socializing and partying.
If you take heed of the natural moon cycles, it will support your journey in a healthy and sustainable way.
9. Take Time Out to Be By Yourself
Travelling can be intense, especially on relationships. Therefore, always allow yourself and others some space to go off by themselves now and then. Everyone needs time to integrate the big changes triggered by travelling.
10. Uber Car Transport Services
I think nearly everyone has heard of Uber, and there is a good reason ~ because it’s awesome! Service is great, price is good, and the ease at which to call a car and pay is next level. The taxi industry has simply dropped the ball on this one.
With Uber, you don’t need to fumble with cash in the car, as it’s all linked up to an account you set up online. To make a booking, just click a few buttons on your phone and a few minutes later, a fancy car will show up to take you where you need to go. All tracked with GPS so it’s impossible to get lost and it drastically increases safety.
*Please note, Uber is not available in all countries
Well, there you have it! 10 simple tips to help get your zen on for your next trip.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to get in touch.
Stay awesome and breathe!
You got this! ENJOY