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eyemindful travel
“Now is now.
Are you going to be
here or not?”
–Ram Dass
Simply put, we see mindfulness as the practice of being present. Not thinking about the past or worrying about what’ s going to happen in the future, but finding contentment within the here and now.

We believe that applying learnings from mindfulness can give us deeper and more memorable travel experiences. That's why we’re working on a set of tools to help travellers be more present while they’re on the road. As part of them, we've created a set of mindful travel principles that we hope will help you make the most of every trip you take.
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  • Travel with
    a beginner’s mind
    When we’re entering a new space, we automatically view it through the lens of our own preconceived ideas and notions. For instance, you might find other cultural traditions ‘strange’ when you’re travelling, but it’s only strange because you’re seeing it from your own cultural perspective. Or you may have an idea (negative or positive) in your head about a destination before you even arrive, which clouds your judgement while you’re there. A core part of mindfulness is going through life with a beginner's mind - entering situations without judgement or expectations, but with completely fresh eyes. Doing this while you’re travelling opens our minds to new concepts, allows us to see the destination for what it is, and increases our sense of wonder and curiosity.
  • Remember
    that less is more
    While it can be tempting to jam pack your itinerary, doing so may have a negative effect on your travels. Rather than rushing through multiple sights or countries, consider the quality of your experience instead. If you focus on doing less but better, you could spend more time fully immersing yourself in the culture, rather than just skimming the surface. Doing less also means that there’s more room in your itinerary for spontaneity - and that’s often where the magic moments happen. The impromptu conversations, the surprising discoveries you find while you’re lost, or the spur-of-the-moment decision that leads to the best night of your trip. By allowing space in between plans, you can let your mind and body wander through the destination freely, rather than solely focusing on what’s next on your to-do list.
  • Practice gratitudeWhen you have a packed schedule, the smaller details can go unnoticed. The beauty of the area you’re walking through. The food that you’re tasting or the atmosphere of a city. By taking a moment to reflect and be grateful for each moment you encounter, you can find more joy and have a more fulfilling travel experience. The practice shouldn't stop at appreciating moments that are clearly full of beauty. You can find positives in the moments that don't go to plan too. A delayed train could mean more time to observe how the locals go about their lives. A rainy day may encourage you to explore an art gallery or museum you hadn't planned to. Or a botched reservation could lead you to an alternative that's way better than what you had originally planned.
  • Make time
    to reflect
    Another approach for practicing gratitude is by taking the time to reflect on the moments we've encountered throughout the day. This could be in the form of writing or just a thought exercise to yourself when you have a quiet moment. Think about a place, person, or experience that you encountered during your day. Consider how it made you feel, and why it made you feel that way. Were there any similarities or differences to other things you've experienced at home or while travelling in different places? Is there anything you could learn from the moment or take inspiration from? By taking time to reflect, we can build a greater awareness, understanding and appreciation for the encounters we have while travelling.
  • Know your purposeMindfulness and being purposeful go hand in hand. You’re purposefully taking control of your attention and giving the present moment more meaning. If we apply this practice to our trips and start travelling with purpose, you’ll find that you get a lot more out of your travel experiences. For example, if you plan your trip with the sole purpose of disconnecting from home and switching off from work, you’ll find that each element of your trip will start to serve that purpose. You’ll set greater boundaries with digital communications, you’ll find activities that help you forget about work, and you’ll actively try and be more present throughout the day. Try setting an intention for your trip during your travel planning.
  • Be conscious
    of your
    surroundings
    Part of being mindful involves being aware of your surroundings. A mindful traveller isn’t only aware of how a place is affecting them, but how they are impacting the destination they’re visiting as well. Being conscious of how travel affects local lives and environments means that you’re more likely to make both ethical and sustainable travel decisions.
  • Be fully present
    for every moment
    When we talk about being mindful during travel we mean every part of the experience. There are less exciting moments where our minds may go into auto-pilot, for instance waiting at airports, taking train journeys or grabbing food in a cafe. These moments shouldn’t be viewed just as a means to an end, but as part of your experience. Rather than using this time to check your phone, think about home or planning the day ahead, use it to observe what’s happening around you and how it’s making you feel. Be aware of digital distractions throughout your trip as well. Constant reminders from work or friends means that - mentally - there’s still a part of you at home.
We hope you find our mindful travel principles useful as you embark on your next adventure. If you’d like to be kept up-to-date with the latest mindful travel resources we’re working on, follow us on Instagram.
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Illustrations crafted
in collaboration with Georgios Xanthos