Travelling can be such a fulfilling experience, but it can also feel daunting or stressful. While it’s a wonderful thing to see the world, it can seem as though everything is a little bit noisy or hectic. It doesn’t have to be this way, however! There are plenty of ways to experience true peace while you travel and here are my six top tips.
Become one with nature
My first tip is all to do with the destination. If you want to experience peace and serenity while you travel, then look for places that will let you become one with nature. You could head off on a safari in Africa, volunteer at an animal sanctuary in Asia, or even set up camp in a rainforest in South America. There is something so calming about being around nature that it can refresh and revitalise you for the rest of your trip.
Head off the beaten path
One of the most stressful things about travelling can simply be the sheer number of other people around. If you head to popular tourist hotspots, then be prepared for crowds. However, if you head off the beaten path a little bit, you may find it a lot easier to experience some peace and quiet. The Secret Traveller blog at 1Cover has a whole list of destinations no one knows about, such as Puros in Namibia and Zipolite in Mexico.
If you do want to travel to somewhere that is popular with tourists, it doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to experience any peace on your trip. However, you may want to set your morning alarm a little earlier! Some of the world’s best tourist attractions are extremely busy during the day and at sunset, but practically empty at sunrise. If you want to witness an empty Rialto Bridge in Venice or take uninterrupted photos of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, get there for sunrise.
Pack some essentials
It’s not just about where you go or how early you wake up, you’ll always want to start your trip fully prepared. Think about the travelling scenarios that cause the most stress, such as the airport, the plane, and being in busy crowds. What can you pack to help these scenarios feel more relaxed? Perhaps a copy of your favourite book, some essential oils, a travel pillow, noise cancelling headphones, and an eye mask.
If you don’t already meditate, then it’s time to jump on the bandwagon! By learning how to meditate even the most stressful situations can feel peaceful, particularly while you’re travelling. There are plenty of apps that will teach you the ropes and take you through short guided sessions that will strengthen your ability. Start practising a couple of weeks before you head off, so you can put what you’ve learnt to good use when you need it on your travels.
Know when to take time out
Travelling is an exhilarating time, but it can also take its toll. We can often fill up our itineraries so much that there isn’t a spare minute to stop and take it all in. Make sure you leave some space in your busy travelling plans just to relax. You don’t want to get home feeling like you need some more time away, just to get over the last trip.
These six tips should help you experience more peace than stress when you’re travelling, which hopefully means you’ll be able to travel more.
Do you have any other suggestions to add to the list? Please do let me know in the comments.
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