3 Mindful Habits of Highly Effective Travelers

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Why you travel – seek within

How you travel – seek sustainable

Where you travel – seek growth

Garrett Geisendorfer

The why, how and where you travel dictate whether you enjoy your trip to the fullest extent or retreat back in misery. Today we'll cover what habits make mindful travel so distinct from otherwise mindless counterparts.

You can see which you apply, or that which you could add to your travels to become more effective through mindfulness.

Why do you travel in the first place?

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Why travel?

The answer is up to you…

There is a common misconception that travel is some kind of vacation or retreat from your every day and into a new exciting world of possibilities.

This is what's pushed onto us from society, signing up for more work in promise of an out-of-this-world experience.

Through the eyes of mindfulness in the present moment, you'd be seen right through as if you were a glass window. That is to say, travel is no different than being at home. There is no future destination that will redeem us of our false hopes and desires if we don't act on them in this exact moment, now.

The mindful traveler becomes highly effective when they discover that it's not about moving locations, but realizing their own potential right here, or wherever they are—traveling or not.

Travel is novelty, in this moment and the next. Whenever we are being mindful we may experience the freshness of life before our very eyes.

The child dropping her ice cream and current of emotion thereafter, the buzzing of bees nearby radiant flowers, or the drifting of a boat as it collides into each wave. This is an awareness that mindfulness provides. It's a conscious look at life around us at every moment.

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Anything seemingly insignificant becomes a monopoly of extravagance before our eyes. When we realize this, our expectations for outer experience from ourselves shifts to an internal outlook of the world. We move from an ineffective mindset of thinking our own happiness lies outside, and see that it is within us after all.

Therefore we now realize that knowing why you travel is to merely witness life as it is, now, as precious as it flows into our presence and away into dissolution. It's both novelty and normality, making the world as we see fit.

To remain in this state requires one to be mindful of:

  1. The present moment

  2. Their expectations for life

  3. Assumptions and habits that affect their world view

By dissolving into the moment as we experience it, we lose our own sense of self in the process. We give up who we thought we were, even just for a moment, and experience life or travel, entirely from a fresh perspective.

This allows us to live up to everything we could most achieve for ourselves, by breathing and living in this moment for what opportunities lie within it.

No more are you distracted and bouncing between spectacles, because you are the witness to this experience. There is no where else to go but here - you've reached the end.

Why you travel: to live fully in this moment, courtesy of mindfulness.

How do you travel with mindfulness?

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How do you travel?

Sustaining your travels means finding balance

Fast vs slow travel for the mindful traveler

As a matter of taste, one can go quickly and see bountiful pleasures in this world, or take things slow and seek the depth within a smaller area. 

Yet whichever you choose, mindfulness begets awareness to the moment. 

In the moment one must be attuned to how they feel or what the they need most in order to manifest their most noble path. 

Without knowing yourself, you won't know whether you need to travel fast or slow. Being cognizant to your bodily state and the health of your mind, travel becomes an enrichment or direct counter to what you need; thus the mindful traveler knows how to travel through introspection (or body scanning).

The mindful traveler is effective by pursuing free experiences vs spending money

Spending money is the surest way to distraction. By thinking you'll obtain happiness in your travels by purchasing a ticket to an event, a tour, museum show, you essentially give up your personal power for the present moment.

Seeking (without attachment) the free experiences, we make the most out of them without any preoccupations or pressure to enjoy what we pay for.  

While you can be mindful during paid experiences, when you can do it both ways why lose out on more money?  With more left over, you can spend it to travel longer or even travel to begin with. Not everyone has an abundance of cash sitting below them, but what's important is how you relish each moment free or not.

The mindful traveler is conscious of macro vs micro relations

Seeing the most extravagant pagodas, shrines and temples versus the small details along the streets, alleyways or discussions during your hostel stays, paints the picture of your travels.

Sticking to one or the other alone only shows you one side of the world. Taking tours to the countryside only to stay on the bus, buy souvenirs at pit-stops and return to your hotel is the fast track to oblivious traveling.

The theme you'll discover is that the mindful traveler has balance.  No matter how you travel, the middle ground is where it happens - not the extremes. 

If you're having difficulty traveling, remind yourself where you are on a timeline between polar opposites. Then you'll be able to correct your path in a way that's right for you.

The mindful traveler becomes most effective when they know how to travel sustainably, and that means: balance. 

Where do you travel?

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Where do you travel?

Cross that comfort zone and embrace the growth you seek

Do the places you go challenge your way of living? Do they entice you to change who you are to become what you seek? Or do you go to the safest areas on this globe, sticking to areas that are well traveled?Or perhaps do you go where everyone else has, just because you feel left out? 

Mindfulness helps us see where we must travel to. It's the places that we often most fear, dread or otherwise avoid our entire lives. 

You can stay in your comfort zone forever, and exist; or you can step out onto your edge and live a life of adventure.

Seizing every moment, you become an object of change, growing like a weed and spreading your wings to cover the sky. Being the tree tied up to straighten out vs fighting the winter and blowing winds year-round, which grows stronger? You know the answer to that.

So why would you travel where someone else wants to travel? That’s a path not meant for you.

Why go somewhere you already know the end result of? That’s stifling your potential.

Why stay comfortable?

Being uncomfortable is a state that will never fade from your life. By embracing it now, at every moment, you can surpass its grasp and use it as fuel to your best self. When you could become the best version of yourself with a simple change in direction to your edge, or line of comfort, why not?

After all, by seeking that which puts you at unease, you’ll quickly discover just how easy it becomes for you. Then that comfort will rise, and even out just as all other comforts have.

Comfort is soft, warm and cozy. But that's a life of stagnation.

Your edge need not be the cold oppressor to your life, instead the gentle push or reminder that your life could be improved or moved in another direction of growth. 

When your life gets boring, you're not present to the moment. Your edge would be to live presently, seeing the beauty around you.  Traveling to the ends of the earth seeking the next thrill won't cure your boredom, but a mindful look at where your edge lies, is what you need most for a fulfilled and prosperous life.

Where you travel is dictated by your edge: the place of sight discomfort.

Summary

The 3 Habits of Highly Effective Travelers are:

  1. Living in the moment (why you travel)

  2. Living with balance (how you travel)

  3. Living at your edge (where you travel)

Do you already apply these habits or do you have room for improvement? Be honest! It’s not us you should be striking a persuasive argument with, but yourself! Have a genuine look at yourself and the narrative you have. What are you telling yourself day in and day out? If you’re looking for a change, start now. Perhaps you can get started with our 7 day mindfulness ebook for FREE.