4 Tips To Embrace Slow Traveling As A Mindfulness Practice

Tips To Embrace Slow Traveling As A Mindfulness PracticeWhen it comes to slow traveling, the journey is just as important as the destination. This traveling approach has become quite popular because it’s less stressful and focuses on your mental well-being as you travel and take in the sights of your trip.

The rise in popularity of slow traveling is mainly due to travelers realizing that some traditional traveling methods may negatively impact the environment and can be tiring. 

Taking the slower route (train instead of a plane from Orlando to NYC train) can be an example of mindful travel. If you’re planning to slow travel soon, follow the tips below and fully embrace your journey. You’ll feel more relaxed and have more amazing memories. Don’t forget to bring a phone or camera to take in all your sights.   

I’ve written this article not only because I’m always looking for great vacation ideas. I’m also a Master Mindset Coach, and a bestselling wellness author with about 2 million books sold globally.

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With this in mind, here are a few tips to embrace slow travel as a fun mindfulness practice.

4 Tips For Slow Traveling As A Mindfulness Practice

1. Travel Via Train Or Ship

Traveling sustainably is one of the critical factors of slow travel. Choosing alternative modes of transport like trains can be stimulating. You can take your time as you marvel at the scenery passing you by. Train travel is also a more flexible option because some trains have to stop for a limited amount of time at certain train stations allowing you to see more places during your journey. 

Trains may also offer more space, so the kids will have more room to stretch their legs and move about if they are traveling with their families. In addition, some trains offer meal services, either buffet style or food delivered to your cabin. Ensure you find all vital information about the train’s routes and services to embrace slow travel truly.  

If you decide to travel via a cruise ship, your journey may take days or weeks, depending on your destination. It gives you more time to relax and participate in any fun social activities prepared by the ship. You’ll meet new people, experience new cultures, and be fully immersed in the journey.   

2. Leave The City

The busy hustle and bustle life of the city is anything but slow. Therefore, to fully embrace the slow travel, head out of the city and unite with nature. It allows you to relax outside of the daily hustles of life entirely. You’ll get an opportunity to focus on yourself and be mindful of everything and everyone in your life. If your destination is a city, at least use the journey to take a full deep breath of nature.  

Whether traveling solo or with family or friends, you’ll see what communities exist outside your city when you leave. It is an opportunity for you to get to know them.

3. Get To Know The Communities You Come Across

During your slow travels, you may pass through communities outside the city. Take note of all the places you pass through and learn something about each community. You may come across new interests and fully integrate yourself into new wonderful experiences. Eat the local food, go out into the community, ask as many questions as you like, and marvel at the beauty of life.  

Traveling by train or ship also gives you time to get to know other travelers. You get to socialize with people heading to the same destination, giving you more opportunities to learn from fellow travelers and form new life-long connections.  

4. Minimize Waste During Your Travel

Being mindful is knowing how your actions and words affect others and the planet. So, ensure you properly dispose of all your waste during your travels. Take note of all the waste baskets and any recycling stations as well. If your slow trip takes weeks, you will likely collect a sizeable amount of waste, especially if you have company while traveling. 

Enquire about the waste policies and bring biodegradable trash bags with you. Doing this ensures that your waste won’t negatively affect others and the earth.  

Conclusion on Slow Traveling As A Mindfulness Practice

By following these tips, you’ll be able to fully embrace the slow travel and press pause on the hustle and bustle of daily life. You can choose to drive via ship, train, or any other mode of travel that takes time to get to the destination. Whichever you choose, ensure you take note of any meal plans they offer, the communities they will pass through, and how you can dispose of your trash.

If you want to meet new people during your journey, get to know your fellow travelers and participate in any social events. Slow traveling is getting more popular among travelers and will keep growing because of how relaxing and immersive it is. 

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