Positive Travel habits to adopt and adapt into everyday life

Positive Travel habits to adopt and adapt into everyday life

When we are on holiday, with the out of office on, relaxing mode on, we tend to feel and be at our best. We are generally more open to new experiences, likely to try new things and generally adopt a more positive mindset. These positive travel habits are fantastic and even better if you continue with them on your return and adapt them into your everyday life. Here are some key ones that should definitely be continued.

Be more Spontaneous

When on holiday we tend to be more spontaneous and likely to try new things or do things in a different way. For example, in Valencia, my friend Emma and I just spontaneously wandered and came across some fabulous street art which was totally unexpected and a great discovery!

Post holiday why not take new routes, try new things you’ve never tried before or book unique experiences that are new to you or out of your comfort zone!

Be more adventurous

When we are abroad, we are likely to try new cuisine, new flavours, new drinks or book ourselves onto excursions that are more exhilarating. For example, I have a fear of heights, yet when I visited St Kitts, I somehow plucked up the courage to go zip lining! It turned out to be fine after the first line and I loved it!

When at home why not try new ingredients when cooking, try new restaurants or cuisine you haven’t encountered yet or even new wine!

Live a more minimalistic life

When we travel abroad we are confined by luggage allowance and the size of our suitcase and tend to choose to take minimal things and can totally manage fine with what we have in our possession!

Back at home it is worth living in a more minimalistic way, having a good old declutter and treasuring those things that mean something to you, or in the words of Marie Kondo, that “Spark joy.” It definitely helps with creating a more positive mindset and is a good habit to keep.

The concept of ‘Shoshin’

Shoshin is a concept in Zen Buddhism that I have read about recently and it means “beginner’s mind.” The underlying notion is that you should let go of your preconceptions and have an attitude of openness when learning about something. When your mind is open and devoid of any prior assumptions about something,  you are more willing to learn and consider all pieces of information, as if you are discovering it for the first time, and have that childlike sense of joy and wonder.

I experienced this in Cyprus, when we were learning all about the different heritage crafts, such as Lefkaritika.

This happens when we travel to unknown places where traditions and customs are new to us and we are learning about them from scratch, and everything is exciting, or we are seeing a landmark or historical site for the first time, as an example.

When we are back in our own homes, we should adopt a more open mind towards new situations and be more open to learning new things, which may deviate from what we have perceived to have always known. This also applies to approaching problems in new ways, or seeking a new perspective.

Go with the flow

When we are on holiday we tend to go more with the flow, especially if sometimes things don’t happen in the order we want them to, for example, the weather isn’t in our favour or something is booked out. A positive reaction towards something, even if its not what you wanted, is better than throwing a hissy fit. This happened to be on a trip to Hong Kong, where the day we wanted to go on the Ngong Ping 360 cable car ride there was fog. We just tried to make the best of the situation and had a wonderful time regardless.

In our daily lives we should always try and find the positive or the silver lining in every situation as much as we can.

Self care

On holiday we spend to dedicate some time to self care, whether its going to the spa, lying on a sun bed and reading a book, going for a swim etc.

Self care should be something you spend time on in your normal lives too so block out time for it, whether its blocking out a morning a week to go for a pamper, or to curl up on the sofa with a book, journaling, meditating or even going for a nice walk.

What travel habits have you adopted and adapted into your daily life? Let me know in the comments below xx


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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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  1. April 2, 2019 / 9:54 am

    Ahhh Binny I love this so much and found myself nodding in agreement to every single point. I especially love the Shoshin point, and try to live my life by that philosophy. I always believe that travel helps us grow in so many ways, and this post just reinforces that. Fabulous post xx

  2. April 2, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Absolutely love this post! Yes, yes, yes to alllll of the above. Love the concept of Shoshin that you have described…I know the adage of going somewhere with an open mind, its really cool to know that there is an actual concept behind it!

  3. April 2, 2019 / 1:44 pm

    Yes to all of these Binny! I’m actually surprised I do a lot of this without even thinking about it! Very interested in the concept of Shoshin too!

  4. April 2, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    A very inciteful post Binny. I am at my most relaxed usually when on safari. Totally away from normal life, no mobile and no driving to do! Total connection with my surroundings and the wildlife, totally relaxed. Like you I do not like heights – but I love flying. Figure that one out! Zip wires or cable cars – no! Aircraft, large or small, or hot air balloons – I’m at the front of the queue!

  5. April 3, 2019 / 8:21 am

    I love that photo of the street art in Valencia! I’ve started to be a lot more relaxed when on holiday, just going with the flow and enjoying stumbling across places rather than running from one place to the next.

  6. April 3, 2019 / 10:09 am

    I just love the idea of adopting these positive habits!

  7. April 4, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    This are all such great habits!

  8. April 5, 2019 / 7:07 am

    This is a great read Binny. It is so true about trying to adapt some of your holiday lifestyles at home for that better life.

  9. April 7, 2019 / 7:44 am

    Really enjoyed reading this, Binny. And some great thoughts too. Love the idea of ‘beginner’s mind’ – sounds like a great philosophy to use at times..

  10. April 7, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    Such fabulous tips Binny, and definitely ones which benefit us in everyday life too. I’m not great at being adventurous back home, yet I’m up for trying anything when I’m away! And self-care – really need to build more of that in day-to-day life too! Love this idea of “Shoshin” too x

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