It’s one thing to visit a new country and explore the top tourist sights - and you’ll likely have a great time doing it! It’s another thing, however, to fully immerse yourself in the culture, history, and daily life of the people and place.
Cultural immersion provides us with one-of-a-kind experiences that cannot be replicated in any other way. Learning about the joys, struggles, interests, and values of people who come from different backgrounds than us changes our perspectives in many ways.
Mindful traveling is being fully present and immersed in your surroundings. It is also a willingness to go into the experience with no expectations and an open mind, allowing yourself to learn as much as possible from your surroundings.
Traveling in this way changes your perspectives by helping you see that the world is so much larger than the bubble you live in, yet everyone and everything in the world is still interconnected. You see that there are different ways to live life than the way you’ve lived it, and that everyone has their own unique approach to cultivating a meaningful life.
Traveling takes you out of your daily routine and allows you to take a step back from it - maybe that project at work that you’ve been stressing out about for weeks isn’t that big of a deal in the grand scheme of life, after all. The beauty of our planet will take your breath away and remind you how truly magical and incredible nature can be - something that we often forget when caught up in day-to-day life.
Take time in 2021 to plan a life-changing trip, whether it’s a group retreat or trip with your loved ones, get out there and discover both the world and yourself.