The 16 Principals of Fulfilled Travel
1. Have Intention
Know why you do things. Know what you want to do and accomplish on your travels. Do you want to relax? Go on an adventure? Surround yourself with culture? Knowing your intention will make everything you do so much easier. Share your intentions with those who travel with you and even strangers. You’ll find that almost everyone will help you along the way.
2. Have A Plan
This is all about being prepared. Sit down and think about what your intention is for your travel and develop a plan(s). There’s an acronym called: P.A.C.E. It stands for Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency. When your primary plan fails, you’ll have 3 other plans to fall back on. Having these backup plans will help you be prepared for almost anything that goes your way. These plans will give you the confidence that you have everything under control. As an effect, you will worry less and have more fun.
3. Freestyle Your Travel
You’ve spent a lot of time creating plans. But always have the flexibility to change your plans on the fly. You never know what will come your way. Talking with someone can inspire something amazing for you to do. Know that your plans are just a reference and not set it stone will allow you to really enjoy your travels.
4. Experience Something New
When you travel, there will be a lot of things you do for the first time. Be sure to go out of your way to try new things. Strive to do something you’ve never done before, every day. Make it a part of you.
5. Be Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable
Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. This will help you grow as a person. Growing will allow you to be more valuable to others. Try things just to see if you can do it. You want to have a comfortable life. By practicing this, you’ll increase the chances of you being comfortable in any situation.
6. Be Curious
The most wonderful connections you make often start from being curious about something. Look at the world as if you are seeing it for the first time every once in a while. Wonder how something was created. Act like a kid seeing something amazing for the first time. Be interested about someone’s story. Listen to what they have to say. See if you can understand others. You’ll be surprised at the connections you’ll make by being curious.
7. Gain Perspective With An Open Mind
Take your curiosity and try to see the world through someone else’s shoes. What is important to them? How do they normally live? Why do they believe the way they do? How did they end up doing what they are doing now? Stop being selfish and think about others. See what perspectives they have about life. Challenge your own beliefs by accepting theirs, if only for a little while. This may be one of the most important aspects of travel.
8. Be A Learner
Observe and learn all around you. Learn about yourself. Learn about others. Learn about history. Learn the language. Always be on the lookout for something interesting to learn. You never know when you’ll need a piece of information that will save your life, or someone else’s.
9. Live In The Now
Stop. Be present. Slow down. Really enjoy the moment. You’ve created your plan, now relish whatever you’re doing right now. Taste your food and appreciate where it came from. Close your eyes and appreciate the wind blowing on your skin. The sun shining on your face.
10. Be Generous
Be generous with your time, resources, attention, and wisdom. Everywhere you go, someone can benefit from you being there. You have a lot to offer, so share what you have. Give back to people. It will be returned to you so many times over.
11. Laugh At Yourself
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have the ability to poke fun at yourself. Life is too short. This comes in handy especially when things aren’t going your way.
12. Be Grateful
There are so many things to be grateful for. Be grateful for your friends, family, that you’re able to live free, the breath of fresh air you just took. Be sure to take the time to think about them. Always focus on the good.
13. Communicate Well
Try to understand what others are saying to you. Be clear on what you want to do. Share your thoughts and ideas so that everyone is on the same page. Part of communicating is knowing what you want and sharing that with others concisely. Going into unknown situations, this aspect is especially important.
14. Have Situational Awareness
Know what things are going on around you. This could be for opportunities for you to have the time of your life. They can also help you stay out of sticky situations. Be vigilant, not paranoid.
15. Document Your Travels & Reflect
Take pictures. Write notes in a journal. Buy something that has meaning behind it. Document your travels so you have keepsakes in addition to your memories. Balance between documenting and living in the moment. As you take pictures and journal, reflect on what you learned, how you feel, and what lessons you would like to share with others or your future self. Take the time to do this. You will be older one day and appreciate the time you took to help you remember.
16. Be You
Enjoy what you love to do. Have fun just you being you. Don’t let anyone else make you feel like you can’t be you.
Make these principles a part of your life, not only when you travel. So when you travel, these principles are just a part of you, without any effort. The journey to live by these principles will be long. You’ll need to do some hard work to gain these skills. It won’t happen overnight, but it will be worth it. I promise.
You got it.
I know you do.