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Integrating a Travel Mindset into Your Daily Life

copyright Steve Evans from Citizens of the World CC-BY-SA-2.0

copyright Steve Evans from Citizens of the World CC-BY-SA-2.0

Too soon after returning home from a trip, we slide into our former pace of life. Our adventures fade into memories. Many of the benefits of the cruise, such as lowered stress, higher levels of physical activity, and multiple interactions with others, that brought many moments of laughter, joy, and interesting conversation seem no longer to exist. They’re gone. After a few months back home, we don’t even notice that we’ve lost touch with the new friends we enjoyed so much on the cruise.

The wistful thoughts of one world traveler capture a portion of these feelings:

Even though I thoroughly enjoyed taking photos on every shore excursion and around the ship, I didnt continue to pursue that interest after I returned home. I let myself get caught up in matters of consequence. I have so many opportunities to photograph animals, birds, flowers, children––almost everything I photographed while on the trip. However, once I returned home, the photo outings ceased and my camera languished in a closet.

Birds of Prey copyright Carolyn J. Wood

Birds of Prey copyright Carolyn J. Wood

What about being on a vacation inspires us to photograph every day, but not take that opportunity at home? Why are we satisfied with inactivity, even being couch potatoes at home, while on the trip we enjoyed being physically active? We simply get so caught up in our daily lives that we leave behind those newly acquired habits and engaging activities. However, it is essential to keep practicing travel behaviors at home:

 Its like elite athletes who practice and work out in the off-season to prevent getting so far out of shape that their game would suffer.

The same concept applies to us travel photographers. If we dont practice in between trips, we get rusty. 

                                                         –Bob Krist, professional travel photographer

No intervention will magically integrate your travel mindset into your life at home, but the following five suggestions may prove helpful.

First, turn your fascination with cultural differences in the countries you visited into a keener awareness of these distinctions locally. Enjoy cultural festivals, visit ethnic restaurants, and try cooking some of the dishes you tasted during your travels. View international art at local and regional exhibitions. Continue to embrace cultural diversities in your everyday life.

Native Americans copyright by Derek Bridges CC-BY-SA-2.0

Native Americans copyright by Derek Bridges CC-BY-SA-2.0

Second, strike up casual conversations with others while standing in line to purchase groceries, waiting for a table in a restaurant, and so forth. Those brief conversations can lead to new acquaintances and friendships.

Third, continue the wellness and exercise behaviors you adopted while on vacation. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car a little farther from your destination and walk. Don’t amble as you walk the dog, pick up the pace a bit. Listen to music while you clean the house or wash the car.

Fourth, you engaged in entertainment opportunities while on vacation. With just a little effort, you can continue to enjoy many of the same types of offerings: plays, musical performances, lectures, demonstrations, and many other forms of entertainment in your hometown or in a major metropolitan area nearby.

And finally, keep your travel attitude alive by adopting a mindset focused on discovery and spontaneity in order to re-explore where you live. Take a different, less traveled, route so that you discover new places such as parks, shops, and unfamiliar scenery; choose a form of transportation that you don’t normally use: ride a bike, take a bus or a train, or simply walk. Most of all, take the opportunity to be in a different space by disconnecting from the noise of your smartphone or cellphone.

Cox Farm bridge copyright Kathy (from just livin' in a small town in SW PA, USA) CC-BY-SA-2.0

Cox Farm bridge copyright Kathy (from just livin’ in a small town in SW PA, USA) CC-BY-SA-2.0

Wooded walking path in Erie Bluffs State Park, Pennsylvania copyright Yinan Chen in public domain

Wooded walking path in Erie Bluffs State Park, Pennsylvania copyright Yinan Chen in public domain

Objects that are usually the motives of our travels by land and sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye.

We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have an opportunity of seeing when we please.    

—Pliny the Younger

Sheldon ruins outside Beaufort, SC USA copyright Mary Jane Wood Zabinski

Sheldon ruins outside Beaufort, SC USA copyright Mary Jane Wood Zabinski

When you return home from a vacation, integrate all those positive experiences into your day-to-day journey. Continue to be a traveler throughout your life, not just a tourist on the sidelines watching life pass you by.

ENJOY LIFEIT HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!