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.
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