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Mindfulness in Travel

Miriam in CuzcoPicture stepping outside of your hotel room to a view of which you only ever dreamed. You take in the surreal realization that you are standing atop a real mountain. As you feel the wind gently brush across your face, you contemplate the beauty of the scenery.  All your senses engaged, you become aware of your own happiness and tranquillity. This moment, this feeling is what defines “mindfulness.”

As of late, mindfulness in travel has been piquing the interest of travel specialists and travel lovers alike. Our CEO, Fernando Gonzalez, attended a recent round table conference and mindfulness was a topic of conversation. Mindful travel is all about being present, with all our senses in tune, and enjoying each moment to the fullest possible extent.

Why do you travel? For us, it’s not just about the destination. It’s about discovering ourselves while exploring the world and allowing ourselves to apply meaning to places by intimately connecting with them. We focus on the moment.

You may be thinking “this is easier said than done.” Here are a few suggestions to make your next travel experience, whether it be for business, leisure or exploration, a mindful one.

  1. Be Conscientious of Your Social Media Habits: As you try to capture the perfect shot of the most beautiful sunset you have ever seen for Instagram or Snapchat, stop and think, One picture is enough. Now I’m going to be present for the rest of this sunset.
  2. Engage Your Senses: Focus on the soft tannins of your French wine while gazing at the lovely view from the window of your deluxe suite. Indulge your taste buds in the mix of new flavors of an exquisite Spanish breakfast. Especially when experiencing something new, conscientiously, employ all five of your senses.
  3. Take a Moment to Practice Simple Relaxation Exercises when Traveling For Business: We’ve all felt the anxiety that creeps up as we finish a long day of business meetings. We’re inundated with status updates, emails, phone calls etc. Stop. Look around and appreciate the subtle details of your environment– walk to the hotel lobby, regulate your breathing by taking in a few deep breaths, then concentrate on the warm lighting above or the subtle glow of the marble flooring beneath you, appreciate the architectural curve of the stairs. Take the opportunity to reward yourself with a soothing bubble bath or enjoy new sights as you are driven to a nearby meeting.

Whether you are traveling for business or enjoying a well-deserved vacation, appreciate your surroundings and step away from the hustle and bustle. Wherever you are, whatever the purpose of your trip, you will be consciously striving to find happy and peaceful moments, which is key for improving your life through luxurious, yet mindful, travel.

On the cover, our Leah Winck appreciating a relaxing moment in the Maldives. And on this page, Miriam Guillen takes in the beauty of the archeological site of Machu Picchu


Story by Liss Marie Mendez

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