As I continue to clear the fog from my jet-lagged mind, and while the memories are still fresh, I want to share some of the tools that keep me grounded while traveling. You might expect me to say things like "I wake up at 6am every morning and do an hour of yoga..." which is definitely not the case. Or "I journal every evening to capture my experience each day." Which doesn't happen either. And I choose to not worry about not doing those things. The following are practical, and very simple, ways to take care of yourself while traveling.
1. Drink H20, Yo!
Your digestion and skin will thank you. My recommendation is to drink at least half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150lbs, drink at least 75 ounces of water every single day. Make it easy on yourself to stay lubricated from the inside out. I always take a reusable water bottle with me. That way I can fill up at the airport, while on hikes (using a filtration system, of course!), or even to have beside my bed at night.
2. Take Your Daily Supplements
If you take your vitamins at home, the best way to keep your energy high, is to continue this while away. It has taken me some time to dial in just what supplementation I need while traveling, but here are a few of my suggestions.
3. Say Yes!
To adventures you normally would say no to.
To walking around a new town in the rain.
To trying to speak the language.
To driving a manual transmission in a foreign country, just so you can cook, sleep, and adventure in your car.
4. Say No!
To FOMO. The fear of missing out is all in your mind and is a glimpse of what holds you back from being totally present. Acknowledge that everything you do is a choice. When FOMO starts to pops its ugly head into your thoughts, ask yourself these questions.
5. Be. In. Your. Experience.
What if for just one, or two, moments, you soaked up how you felt, what you smelled, tasted, and touched while traveling without having to take a picture of it. Rely on your body's experience to capture the moment.
The final night in Iceland, the Aurora Borealis was dancing in the sky like I've never seen before, and probably won't ever again. Sean's camera battery died, and I was already in bed when he woke me up. We opened the back doors of our Happy Camper, and we soaked it up with our whole body. I can't prove to you that it was the most magical thing I've ever witnessed, but I know that I will remember the awe I felt, the excitement, the anticipation forever!
I am on the journey to create joy and live with full happiness. And my wish for you is to do the same!
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