When you read this, we will be travelling in Vietnam, on the other side of the world.
Getting ready to “move” to such an exotic location for a little while (just a week or two) made me ponder the magic that enters my life every time I travel. Here are some of the things I love about travel:
– I am a bit of an eclectic gatherer in my normal life, and I live that out in the souvenirs I buy on trips, but what I love about travelling is that I have such a pared down wardrobe / cosmetics stash. Lots of freedom comes from that. Getting dressed happens very fast in the morning – no waiting before the next adventure!
– If I travel in a very hot country, I usually stop using make-up altogether, since it only runs into my eyes anyway. Very freeing. I leave behind the worry about whether I look presentable before leaving the house.
-I never travel with a hair-dryer. So, there is no fuss around doing the hair. (Not that there is ever much of that going on, mind you.)
-No worrying about laundry. The agreement in our family is that everyone washes the clothes they wish to be clean in the shower with themselves on a trip.
-No bulky purse with lots of credit cards and coins. Instead a stream-lined small bag with passport and credit card and flat compartment for money. All carried on the body. No looking for handbags all over the house!
-I purposefully look for photo opportunies. You know: Kodak moments. They actually exist all around us every day at home too. We just don’t pull out a camera as much at home. And so we miss a lot of the magic all around.
-When exploring a new country, I am usually very eagerly active, so no worries about getting in my exercise.
-Travel broadens not only the mind, but also the capacity for allowing mistakes, since things inevitably do go wrong at some point. And me, I can do with that lesson being reinforced. It only does me good in my normal life to be more flexible.
-When travelling, I listen to my body so carefully. Am I thirsty? Tired? Do I feel like doing this, or would I rather do that? Would I like some yoga this morning before we get ready for another day out and about? My body gets a say all the time. And it works out so well for me! If I listen to my body, there is so much ease.
– I record the miracles I experience in my ever-present pocket travel diary. I savour the miracles. I come home and I tell everyone about them.
-I make time to talk to ordinary people. The onese who cook. Who serve a drink. Who hand make something. The children kicking a ball down the street. And they always enrich my life. At home.. I am in too much of a hurry.
What does travel reveal to you? Share with me!
“I’ve learnt that nothing is impossible and all things work out if you wait.” –Gail Diers after travelling Africa for 6 years on a motorbike