The Link Between Travel and Health
Hellooooo! Travel recap time! Well, part of it. There's going to be a lot, but I want to talk about why I am all travel buzzed these days.
So I really want to outline why I'm delving into travel on a health and wellness blog. Well, this is a blog that is supposed to represent me and my life and reflect my beliefs in an authentic and genuine way. As someone who loves to travel, lives abroad, and has been traveling since I was little, it's pretty much impossible not to include it if I am try to encompass all aspects of me. Travel is a huge part of my life, it always has been and it always will be! I'm extremely grateful for that and I hope others will be able to travel and explore the world as I have been lucky to do. Hence, the addition of travel to the blog.
I also think that travel does correlate to health, in a mindset and mindful way. When we travel, we are faced with a reality that is not our own. It's an exploration of different cultures, different people and different lifestyles. When we are put into new environments and surround ourselves with new people, we are inclined to see things from a new, fresh perspective. I'm a huge fan of flipping your perspective upside down sometimes and get out of our habitual thoughts and mindsets. Change it up and see things from a different view! That's what travel does. It is an exercise for your mind, your perspective and it energizes and nourishes your soul. It's healthy.
It also makes us more aware of our own lives and ourselves, as well as others living in those places. If you really give yourself the time when you travel, to take a step back from being a tourist and maybe put away your fanny pack and guide book, and really just look at the life that other people are living, we can either find things we'd like to add to our own lives or things we are grateful for already having. A huge issue I find with travel is that most people just focus on getting to a place (usually in a stressful, tiring manner), ticking off all the "must-sees" and touristy things, sticking to a planned schedule and then documenting all the photos to share with people. There is really nothing wrong with this -- I mean we all do this to a certain extent -- but I want to be more aware or my surroundings when I travel. I want to be able to take in the place I am in, the people that live in it, the buildings that are naturally there but maybe not as noticed as a tourist attraction. I love just sitting at a cafe, skipping that overly crowded museum, and wondering what it would be like to live, to fully immerse myself, in that city, culture or place. That's my favorite part of traveling, more than checking tourist attractions off a list.
Basically, I like to travel to learn more about a culture and its people, the present. Rather than the museums and age old tourist attractions. It keeps me in the moment and aware. I think it brings us all to the same level: humanity. No matter where we live, what we do for a living, what we eat, what our heritage is, we are all human. If we think of every country we visit as uber foreign and dangerously different from ours, we can lose the aspect of humanity that really ties us all together. That's where my idea of mindfulness kicks in when I travel: staying present and finding a connecting sense of humanity wherever you go.
Okay. Spiel over.
Basically travel and health are linked in a unique and unexpected way. Travel exercises you mind and opens it up to lives that aren't our own. It allows us to step back and take a break from our monotonous lives to explore other peoples'. It's cool, its eye-opening, and no matter your financial state or ability to travel, it's available to everyone in some form or another.
Lastly, travel gets me inspired. It makes me happy, giddy, and more in the moment then ever. I barely had Wifi this trip, so social media was low-key and communication with other continents with slim. I didn't mind that honestly -- I was able to really be immersed in the place I was in, the people I was with (shout out, fam!) and what we were doing. That's an important part of travel too -- put the phone down or turn on airplane mode, and just enjoy where you are. I swear you'll absorb a lot more, remember a lot more, laugh a lot more, & come out a whole lot more inspired and connected to wherever you've been traveling.
Check out my post on the deets of South Africa soon to hear all about the fantastic place!
More on travel to come -- but have to plan first!!