I’m flying home today from Portland feeling an incredible sense of freedom and possibility.
It’s amazing what travel does.
How it changes you.
Traveling allows us to shift those 2000 bits that we continuously bring into our awareness.
(Every second, we are exposed to over 400 billion bits of information. Out of that 400 billion, yes BILLION, only 2000 bits gets into our conscious awareness. We CHOOSE those 2000 bits based on our belief systems. We live our own personal version of reality. Check out my blog what are your 2000 bits? to learn more…)
When we land in a different city, sometimes with an entirely different culture, we are invited to experience new places, activities, people, every day ways of life, and yes, food.
The entire experience supports our personal evolution.
It takes us out of our comfort zones, putting us in places that are completely new. Talk about a boost in confidence as we learn to navigate our way around.
If you fully embrace travel experiences, THEY WILL ALTER YOU.
Travel presents us with new points of view. We see how others live and are reminded that not everyone lives or thinks like we do back home. It challenges belief systems and invites in new ways to see the world. (remember you chose what you see, your own personal reality, which is only truth to you)
It also helps us become more mindful.
When we travel, we are in the present moment, in the NOW. You’re not on autopilot. You’re aware of what is right in front of you.
So when you travel, instead of it being a break or “getaway” from your life, what if you went into the experience as if it was a life changing adventure?
If you do, it changes how you show up to the entire experience. This includes the airport and flight adventure, how friendly you are and who you will meet, and what you are willing to try outside your comfort wheel.
All of it is based on your 2000 bits.
Go ahead and have the local experiences of the city or culture you arrive in.
Learn the history, visit a cultural landmark, explore the city’s parks, book an excursion, go to a local festival, and take public transit. Public transit in a foreign country is an added bonus.
Talk to strangers.
Yes, talk to strangers! Strike up a conversation and learn about their culture, traditions, and way of living. There is value in how everyone lives.
We grow by becoming friends with people who are not our same age, with similar upbringings, social and economic backgrounds, and ultimately, comparable belief systems. Engaging with people who differ from us is how we grow.
Wish to exercise while traveling?
Take a jog in one of the parks or step into a yoga studio for a class. How about a kayak excursion or a city bicycle tour? The treadmills in those closet gyms at the hotel are an absolute last resort.
Use your relationship with food as your travel guide.
Eat where and what the locals do!
Have lunch from a food truck or at a local café. Eat the cuisine of where you are. Try something you’ve never had before and perhaps never even heard of! Please stay out of the chain restaurants or tourist spots that give what you have at home.
This is an opportunity to expand your palate, which is about expanding your perspective.
Let life in!
The opportunities and challenges of travel allow you to learn so much about yourself.
Who are you in unfamiliar places? How resourceful can you be? How “set in your beliefs” are you? Can you be creative and remain open when things don’t go as planned? How far can you stretch outside your comfort wheel? Can you turn strangers into friends?
Can you adapt to the unknown?
Think about all the gifts travel provides.
So go ahead and book that trip now and get ready for your next life changing adventure.
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