What did I discover from sitting on the beach for 9 days?
Mainly, I learned that I like sitting on the beach for 9 days! Who doesn’t, right?
But it certainly didn’t start out that way.
I was checking my phone, fidgeting and generally struggling to relax.
I was also REALLY judging that guy with the selfie pole. Who created this? Lord help us.
It honestly took me about 3 days to settle into vacation mode and allow my body, mind and spirit unwind a bit.
And it got me thinking . . . I think for most of us, it can be a challenge to settle into vacation mode when we spend most our time in “get it done” mode.
So it’s critical that we learn ways to drop in FASTER, so we can enjoy MORE and stress LESS.
Here is a quickie list for learning to quiet your mind and settle into vacation mode quicker, faster and more efficiently—
- The week before you leave for vacation—plan on getting through your to-do list at least 2 days early. This was you won’t feel rushed to the finish line (departure date)
- Print out all your travel stuff, itineraries, places to eat, etc.. at least 2 days before you go. The goal is to really get all loose ends tied up 2 days before you leave, so the two days before you leave, you can calmly and enjoyably pack and take care of any last minute things that didn’t get done from the to do list.
- Set an intention for you trip. Don’t just wing it. Why are you going? What’s the main pull? Set an intention for smooth travel, enjoyable people sitting next to you on the plane (one can dream). Pre-pave your vacation as being super relaxing even before you arrive.
- Once you arrive at your destination, unplug. You will survive if you don’t check Facebook and Instagram for a week. You will live. If you can’t totally unplug (oh,come on, just do it) then make a commitment to yourself to only check in once a day. Really, unplug.
- LET IT GO. Have fun, unwind. Be present. Let go of your concerns and fully immerse yourself into where you are at—if it’s the beach, get in the water, try something new, order drinks with cute umbrellas. If you’re in Europe, don’t be a stodgy American—try the food, attempt to learn the language, see the sites, be patient and enjoy the culture. Wherever your travels take you, make a sincere effort to BE PRESENT and enjoy the experience.
The main thing to remember is—what’s the point in taking all the time, spending all the money, if you’re just going to be taking pictures with your selfie pole the entire time, or staring at your phone?
The purpose of getting away—is to get away. It’s to drop into a new experience, do something different and let our minds relax. Because in that, we get inspired. We grow. We make room for the next big thing in our lives.
So go take a trip.
Get to know new people. Try some weird food and learn how to say thank you in a new language.
Get out there an explore. And chill out and be a nice, patient, conscious traveler when you’re doing it.
p.s. In the 2 choices world—you are either doing things that line you up with living an amazing life, or you are choosing things that keep you separate from that. And it ultimately comes down to learning how to manage your thoughts and feelings. To learn more about the 2 choices, check out my book on Amazon. And choose wisely!