HOW TO BE A MINDFUL TRAVELER
Travelling makes us feel more alive. It opens our minds to different cultures and, for many, it’s a way to experience other cultures and people who we share this planet with. So, how much do you really consider the environment when you travel?
We’ve talked before about how damaging travel and tourism is for the environment. Travel is becoming easier and easier, and it’s almost becoming the norm to hop on a last minute flight to where-ever-is-cheapest, stay with a cheap hotel chain, take a few photos, visit a few bars and then leave without thinking.
If you are trying to live a more mindful life in your day-to-day, you may be wondering how you can incorporate this practice when planning your next holiday to become a more mindful traveler.
It’s not about spending months on the road, or taking off with just the things you can carry, it’s about the way you think and the way you view the way you travel. After all, we are all looking for the ‘experience’ of travelling so in an effort to live in a more ethical way you should aim for this experiences to be as valuable as you possibly can.
Here are a few simple things you can add in to your travel’s to create a more mindful experience, and ensure that this global community that we are so desperate to connect with is around for a little bit longer.
HOW TO STAY MINDFUL WHEN YOU TRAVEL:
✨ Slow down. Create meaningful connections with your surroundings and the people within them. Spend time absorbing the culture, instead of rushing to tick the next thing off your list. Walk a mile in their shoes, or however the saying goes!
✨ Ignore the guidebook and contribute to the local economy by shopping and eating in smaller, locally owned businesses
✨ Choose traveling by land over flying (if possible). Opting for slow travel options means that you have more time to be mindful, and you are more connected to your surroundings and the culture of the country.
✨ Keep away from riding animals, or any way in which animals are used for entertainment. Try to stay away from commercial zoo’s – sanctuary’s, conservation parks and rescue centres are great though!
✨ Do homestays! Try to use this time to connect with the locals and they way in which they live. While you are there ask questions, listen deeply, acknowledge the differences in the way you live and reflect on your own privileges.
✨ Pick up garbage, even if it’s not your own! Every little helps…
✨ Pack less disposables & more reusable things. Only take with you what you will use so that you’re keeping your waste to a minimum.
✨ Seek out local guides to show you the area, rather than big tour companies. Tip generously
✨ Share your stories with your friends and family afterwards. Pass on contacts of what you enjoyed, encourage others to do the same
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