I have traveled all my life, as long as I can remember, the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Africa, India, Mexico, and Canada.
Over my years of travel in many different "travel outfits" from the grit-igniting backpacking trips through the Dolomites and biking across Spain to mindful, healing, “shadow work” wellness retreats in Thailand, Mexico, Poland, and Indonesia.
They say travel is the only thing that makes you richer. I stand by that because I've experienced these riches and the expansiveness of getting to know myself through travel. I’ve cried in the jungles of Bali getting “cleansed” in the dirty river while purging some seriously deep feelings. I’ve cried because a sunset reminded me of what it feels like to experience deep freedom and peace.
And I’ve cried laughing so hard with my sisters amid a crazy adventure where we missed a flight, I cut my toe on a rock, ran to catch the ferry, and got delayed 8 hours on the return flight.
Each travel experience is always equipped with adventures of the body, mind, and spirit.
There is always an opportunity to become more self-aware and mindful of who you are, where you are, what you want for yourself, and how you want to live.
So what exactly is “getting away.”
The notion of "getting away" signifies taking a break from the routine life. This alone can be a very introspective experience. Do you ever notice that when you're on a getaway, you might have a thought that goes something like this, “oh I want to live like this.”
Getting away sounds like you’re running from your everyday life but I think it’s a way we make space for ourselves to reconnect with the forgotten parts.
So how do we make it MINDFUL?
“Getting Away” is an opportunity to quiet down and listen, to connect to the body and unwind the pent-up tension, to connect to a deeper part of yourself if you are on that journey, to be more present and self-aware, to learn the boundaries of your discomfort, to accept the differences in your experience and that of others, be experience gratitude for the ability to do this, be more MIND-LESS and more in your heart and the feelings of presence, joy, and bliss.
This is also a great to time self-reflect and assess where you are in life, where you want to be, what’s important to you, and how and what changes you want to make to incorporate more of that vacation bliss.
This is a time to learn from the people, and from the environment you’re in. Each time will be different even in the same place because we’re always showing up as a new version of ourselves, every single day with each passing moment.
It is also an invitation to go deeper, and you’ve already created this space, from the habitual routine that may be running on autopilot , to reflect on your lifestyle. Perhaps tune into your relationships, career, how to connect to yourself, if these choices are serving you, if there is anything that is draining you.
You can do that in holistic retreats deep in the jungles of the Yucatan, or as you’re solo biking on a trail in Italy. You can do it when you’re sitting on the beach with your partner, or watching your kids play in the sand.
Your getaway MIND-Set or rather HEART-set is what will make it an expansive and rich experience.
A Getaway is a Gateway and Catalyst for Transformation
A catalyst is something that is a disruptor in your life… it is a call to change…an invitation to take action because you desire a more aligned outcome. When we remove ourselves from our daily environment, we can then zoom out a bit to see, feel, and allow ourselves to hear our inner voice a lot more clearly. The voice of our emotions, our desires, our triggers, traumas, and dreams. Throughout my lifetime of travel…. It has never been just about seeing new places and meeting new people. It was also about connecting to that inner voice. When you constantly allow yourself to experience YOURSELF in different environments….you grow, learn, listen, and overcome your own limitations. In order to see into yourself it is crucial to changes perspectives, change environments, to pluck yourself out of routine and the noise of why you have running on autopilot. Believe me when I say a lot of it is there… distracting you… and you don’t even know it.
So gift yourself the treat of an intentional getaway, go within, and listen to the whispers of your soul.