Mindful Journeys: 3 Ways to Stay Zen on Your Travels

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Whether you’re flying all the way to India or road-tripping across North America, heading to new places can at times be as stressful as it is exciting. This is why it’s essential to have tools in your proverbial toolbox to allow you to stay Zen on your adventures. Here are three simple ways to inject some mindfulness into your travels.

Instagram Timeouts in Nature

One of the most anti-mindful temptations while you’re out there taking in exotic views and lounging at the chicest cafés is… Instagram, of course. It might seem like nothing can beat the shot of dopamine you’ll get out of uploading another story of yourself duck-facing next to a famous monument, but the truth is quite the opposite. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with flexing your experiences online! But it’s healthy to take a breather from social media occasionally and lean into the arms of Mother Nature. Find a quiet spot, turn off your phone, and close your eyes. Breathe in the fresh air and allow the rustle of leaves to be your sole (and soul’s) soundtrack.

Tech Detox With Mindful Walking

Don’t worry, no one said you have to disconnect from tech for the entire trip. But how about a mindful tech detox? When exploring a new city or a picturesque village, put the phone on silent, slip it into your backpack, and go for a mindful walk. Notice the colors, the smells, and the local street art. It’s like a walking meditation—being present in the moment without constantly checking for notifications. Plus, you might stumble upon a hidden gem you’d miss if your nose was buried in Google Maps.

Breathwork at Sunrise or Sunset

Sunrise and sunset possess a special kind of magic, making them perfect for mindfulness practice. Find a spot with a decent view, where you could really see the light changing, and let the breathwork begin. Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the changing sky. Inhale travel-induced freedom and exhale stress. If you’re up for it, bring a cinnamon chai latte with you to sip on between breathwork sessions.