The Happier Traveler

Sometimes the best part about a vacation is coming home. Or remembering that night far away. Or looking over pictures that bring happiness. Or telling stories to friends and family.

But how do we get there? We research, we plan, we dream. We could have trips in mind for the near future and far. These can be trips within miles or continents. We need to prepare so we can be out happiest when traveling.

I recently read a book about traveling and was thoroughly disappointed. It was promoting itself to help others have “happy” travels however the author could not stop talking about only herself. The “advice” might be correct for some but I did not have to hear about what car she owned or how we SHOULD NOT worry about taking pictures. My inner artist just cringed.

I was recently speaking with someone who felt overcome with anxiety when just speaking about a planned vacation with family. We reviewed our thoughts, feelings, and behavior in the present and future. Where does our anxiety come from? Maybe it’s not just our stomach, or fears, or worry. Examine any disruptive feelings, of doubt or worry. It’s good to explore using speech or expressive arts to help us understand further.

Are there any problems that could occur? Becoming lost or losing touch with them?  Have safety measures in place to help problem-solve like it’s happened before. Maybe it has and we can learn from this. Reflect on your experiences from previous vacations.

But most of all, what do we want to see? Need to see? Maybe everything, so choosing 1 out of 4  could help prevent feeling overwhelmed. Talk to others and reflect. What isn’t complicated? What means something to you?

Continue exploring this. Especially as travels pass by. It is the same sun, earth, and self. Let us day dream and imagine.