How to Practice Mindfulness While Traveling Solo
Seizing an opportunity to travel on your own is one of the most powerful and unique situations you can take. Traveling solo is an opportunity to practice awareness and mindfulness, while learning important lessons regarding independence, acceptance and being present in your everyday life.
There are so many people who naturally shy away from traveling on their own out of fear or misconceptions, however, this is one of the best ways to not only awaken a sense of mindfulness in yourself but to learn how to be more mindful in your everyday life. Chances are when you return from your journey, you will see more mindfulness in your day-to-day than you ever thought possible.
Here are some of the key ways in which you can learn to be more mindful while traveling alone.
- Meeting New People Can Teach You to Be More Mindful About Yourself
Traveling alone is not about alienating yourself or spending all of your time, it is just about spending more time with yourself. While traveling alone, you are going to feel more inclined than ever to reach out, meet new people and start interacting with those that you run into along your journey. Meeting news types of people from new walks of life, perhaps even those who are also traveling alone.
Doing this can teach you to be more mindful not only with how you interact with the world around you, but how you interact with people around you. We pass by so many people each and every day, but how many do we actually stop and talk to? Nothing encourages you to talk to more, new and interesting people quite like being in an unfamiliar place all alone.
- It Can Bring a Sense of Self-Awareness
One of the most significant ways in which traveling alone can teach you about mindfulness, comes with the sense of self-awareness you can gain from this experience. When you are completely alone in an unfamiliar place, chances are you are going to start feeling vulnerable. This is a naturally feeling that causes people to pay attention more. This means no more going through the motions, no more life on cruise control, but taking the time to stay alert, aware and to feel alive.
Traveling alone also pushes people to learn how to do things on their own and to take care of themselves. Traveling alone forces you to take care of yourself and to not only be more mindful of what is going on around you but in how you act when you have only yourself to count on. When you are self-aware in this way, you naturally become more mindful.
- Traveling Alone Forces You to Break Out of Your Routines
One of the biggest deterrents to mindfulness is routine. When you develop a routine or pattern, you start to just float through life with little awareness of what is really going on around you. Think about your commute to work in the morning. Are you actually aware and mindful of what you are seeing along this drive? Probably not.
When you break out of the patterns of everyday life and start escaping from your routine by traveling alone, everything is new, and you have nothing but time alone with these new surroundings to really take it all in.
- Solo Travel Can Bring Perspective
Being mindful is all about having a new perspective about the world around you. Traveling alone will challenge you to take on new perspectives on yourself and on your place in the world around you. Nothing brings mindfulness about thinking about your role in the world and your identity.
If you want to be more mindful of what is going on around you, how large and beautiful the world is and what you are doing to impact that world, take some time to explore this vast planet on your own. Chances are when you return to your home base, you will start to see things in an entirely new light and be more mindful of what is going on around you.
You may find a that you awaken a whole new side of yourself as you continue to be more aware of the world around you and how you interact with this world. You may find that you enjoy things you never thought you did and that you can do things you never thought you were capable of before.
Traveling alone means challenging yourself, it means stepping outside your comfort zone, learning to be more accepting of others and having the bravery to walk a road less traveled. While traveling alone may not fit within some molds of societal expectations, it is truly one of the most enlightening experiences a person can take on, if they are just willing to take that first step forward.