If you are currently travelling the world – I offer you a challenge. Find a quiet place to sit, turn off your phone and just sit for 10 minutes while focusing on nothing but your breath. It might feel a little silly at first, but practicing meditation on a regular basis is an excellent habit for a traveller to have. Here are some of the reasons why should travellers practice meditation and how it will enhance your travels:
Why Should Travellers Practice Meditation
It Will Allow You To Pay More Attention to Your Surroundings
When you meditate you take the time to really slow down and pay attention to what is happening right now. Instead of remembering what happened yesterday or worrying about what you will do tomorrow, you focus on the sounds, smells and sensations of the current moment. This can help you to be more present and appreciate your travel destination more.
You’ll be able to focus your mind on the immediate details – the smell of the humid rainforest flowers in Costa Rica or spicy Indian street food, the mumble of conversation and clucking of chickens in the local marketplace in Laos, the sound of a far-away train whistle in a quiet midwestern town in the USA. When you take the time to pay attention to these immediate sights, smells and sounds you will remember them more vividly.
It Will Help you Deal With Travel Stress
Sometimes travelling the world can be an incredibly chaotic, unpredictable and stressful experience. Your flight can be delayed for hours, you can be stuck in a crowded train car, you can experience long lines at security, the airline can lose your luggage, your pre-arranged transport might not show up or your hotel might overbook you or lose your reservation.
You can’t prevent annoying travel setbacks from happening, but when travellers practice meditation it can help you to deal with them. You’ll be strengthening that part of your mind that enables you to take a deep breath, calm down and reassure yourself that everything will work out fine in the end. Instead of panicking, you can deal with the issue in the best possible way and let things go.
It Will Keep You Healthier
No one likes being sick while travelling and illnesses on the road will take away from your opportunities to have fun and memorable experiences. If you make a habit of meditating every day, you’ll keep your body and mind healthier and you’ll be less at risk for health problems such as high blood pressure, anxiety, insomnia and much more.
Tips for Getting Started
- Start with 5-10 minutes per day, you can always increase your time later.
- There are a number of great apps that can guide you on your meditation journey, such as Headspace and Stop, Breathe and Think.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself if you keep getting distracted at first. It takes time to learn to clear your mind, so be patient.