Day 29: Travel Expands Your Experience

Some people live to travel, some dread it. No matter where you fall on the spectrum you can’t deny that travel bestows powerful gifts. Those gifts occur as a consequence of your experience of different people, perspectives, and cultures. Travel is a doorway through which you can expand your world view, and who you are on the grander playground.

Travel allows us to experience other cultures, learn their customs, eat their foods, learn their languages, and experience life in a way that opens our eyes and hearts to more than we could ever learn in a book or movie.

Travel requires us to leave our comfortable, familiar surroundings and set off for the far horizon. Some of us do this without a second thought, for others, it can be a stress event, just getting out the door.

Adela’s Insights on Travel

I LOVE to travel. I’ve traveled a bit to Mexico, England, Australia, India, Hong Kong and throughout the United States. I’ve got a LONG bucket list of places still to visit. Some people get exhausted by travel, I get energized.

The more I travel the more I realize how much more alike we are than different. People have the same wants and needs, whether you’re in India or Indiana. Most of the places I’ve traveled have been a confirmation of the basic goodness on the planet. We are complex and compelling creations.

One of the things I’ve noticed is the benefit of traveling light, whether we’re talking your luggage and stuff or your beliefs and judgments. When you travel expecting to recreate your home you’re missing the whole point of visiting a different country or culture.  Go native. Imagine that you’re a local and go where they’d go. It’s what I often do.

Travel expands your perspective, powers up your gratitude and activates your humanity. It’s the best education you’ll find.

Jodi’s Insights on Travel

I have been an anxious traveler since I was a kid. There are so many things to be concerned about! I’m a wreck. I can never decide exactly what I’ll need or want to wear, so I’m prone to over-packing. I’m generally still stuffing one last thing in my suitcase on the way out the door. I worry that something will happen and I’ll miss my flight, no matter how early I leave for the airport. So, even the drive to the airport can be tense. Honestly, I’m making it sound better than it is. Once I finally get on the road, or on the plane, I finally relax and feel genuine excitement about the adventure ahead.

Travel isn’t one of my primary interests, but the travel I have done, to Hawaii, Mexico, Canada has been a pleasure. There are many more places I’d love to go, if only teleporting was a thing!

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says travel is a soul-enhancing journey. Even the simple act of moving from one place to another that you’ve never been opens up aspects of you that you may otherwise never have realized. Travel shows you who you are in new circumstances and opens your heart to others who may experience life very differently.

The Goddess tells reminds you that you can travel to inner worlds, as well as other places in the physical world. The gateway is your own heart, mind and Goddess Chamber. The inner worlds don’t require the time, money and energy required for trips to other countries, and are rich with symbolism. There, you can access other dimensions and meet those who may no longer be part of your outer world. The Goddess of Now is always available to walk with you and be your guide. You might be surprised at where she takes you.

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you dive into today’s writing adventure, imagine that you’re traveling somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Think of the places, people and possibilities all waiting for you. See yourself fully equipped with just the right clothes and gear, in perfect companionship. Notice what makes for your fabulous trip… is it meeting new and interesting people, exploring a new culture, discovering something new, is it who you become when you’re on an adventure? Just like making your favorite soup, let the perfect ingredients combine and deliver the trip of a lifetime. Soak it up! Splash around![/thrive_custom_box]

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Curiosity and Adventure, consider your relationship to travel, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

When I travel . . .

Travel has taught me . . .

Travel is . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.