Roaming Around A Pure Planet
I’m All About Healthy Eating, Exercise, Green Living & Responsible Travel
If you’re into one or all of the above, we’re going to get along real well.
I’ve been roaming our planet for just over 28 years and whilst I’ve seen some amazing things, had some incredible experiences and made lots of special friends, my bucket list is forever getting longer.
When I’m not doing yoga, meditating on the beach, in transit or hunting out the healthiest places to eat in far-flung destinations like Thailand, Peru and India, you can find me writing about all of the above.
I do hope you can take something positive away from my blog and my hope is to connect with you all at some point should our paths cross.
It can be hard to know what you should do first when arriving in to a foreign country (other than finding your accommodation of course). Now, I have been in many different countries on my travels across the globe, so I have devised some tips that you may find useful, that definitely helped me out. Below listed are some things for you to consider when you first arrive into a new location.
Avoid the Currency Exchange at Airports:
If you have not stocked up on local currency, or simply need additional funds, avoid Currency Exchange services at all costs. As long as you have informed your bank of your intentions to travel to the location you are in, you should be able to use ATMs, which will allow you access to local currency at much better rates.
Get a Feel For the Area Around Your Accommodation:
Try and spend a few hours exploring the streets and side roads around your accommodation to get a feel for things. You will be spending a lot of time walking around here, from heading out to get food, to just simple things like shopping or hitting up the beach. Try and find out if your accommodation is served by public transport, or is at least near a public transport stop. You will also be able to avoid less desirable areas far easier.
How Long Do You Intend to Stay In Your Location?
If you intend on staying in a location for a considerable period of time, it may be worthwhile to open a bank account in the country you have chosen to visit. Similarly, it may make better financial sense to start hunting for reasonable rental accommodation, rather than paying for hotels and hostels.
Intending to Drive Abroad?
If you intend on driving in the location of your choosing, check the local traffic regulations first. I learned the hard way that my home licence was not valid in some locations, or needed to be exchanged for local licences in others. Making this mistake – driving under the assumption you have the right to do so, could lead you into considerable trouble with local law enforcement. You will also need to ensure that your level of cover for insurance is sufficient for that country (and indeed valid in the first place).
Try & Obtain Internet Access:
One of the first things I do when getting into a foreign country is getting access to the internet. Even just to let loved ones know that you have arrived safely into the country, having internet access is very important. It will also allow you to research local sights, order food and plot paths with Street View. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how useful the internet is however, so I’ll drop it!
Armed with these ideas, you will be able to settle into your new location with ease. Best of luck with your travels!
If you are anything like me, knowing what to pack when heading off on the latest adventure can be a real challenge. In my case, only with experience came the answers to what are essential items, and what can be left behind. Strategically speaking, packing the right things in your bag or backpack can mean all the difference to your journey. I have listed below some items I have found essential on my travels, and hopefully will be of assistance to you also on your journeys around our incredible planet.
First Aid Kit:
Something you should always have in your bag or backpack is a first aid kit. Now, I’m not talking about something huge here. A few basic items can make an adequate first aid kit, should you be unlucky enough to require it. Band aids, burn, bite and antiseptic creams, small bandage wraps – these kinds of things can be put together into a small kit that will not take up much room in your precious storage area.
A small kit will be sufficient should you get caught short in the wilds (in the main anyhow, unless you have a serious accident!), and more comprehensive kits can usually be found on site in hotels / hostels etc.
An LED Torch:
LED torches are inexpensive and cast much better light, ideal for when daylight begins to dwindle. A lot of foreign countries are not as well serviced with public lighting as you may be used to, so a small LED torch is something that is essential to me.
Needing no explanation really, earplugs should be in everyone’s travel kit, even for the flight over!
A Clothes Line:
You will find that you need to wash your clothing quite regularly, and trying to dry your clothes by draping them over towel rails is very ineffective (as I have learned the hard way!). A small, elasticated clothes line, with hooks either end, will be far more effective. You can use these anywhere you can find anchor points to attach the line to, from balconies to over the bath tub.
Swizz Army Knife:
Even the Astronauts carry these, and I’ve found that a Swizz Army knife can be an essential tool, especially when heading out into remote areas of exploration. You’ll never know what you might encounter, so having one of these gives you a better chance (by far) of overcoming any obstacle that may be in your path.
Zip Lock Bags:
Another item that won’t take up much room, but can be a real god send in certain predicaments, is zip lock bags. From leaky items, to separating dry and wet items of clothing, you’ll be glad you’ve got these in the bag!
You’ll be surprised just how useful super glue can be when travelling. From fixing broken shoe soles to fixing issues with your bag, super glue has a thousand uses.
That’s just a small few examples of my essential travel items.
As you know, I am well on my way to achieving my target of visiting 100 countries. And you sure can bet that, while on my travels, it has sometimes been a challenge to find a suitable space in which to meditate.
However, considering how highly I value meditation as part of my daily routine, I would sometimes have to go to considerable lengths to find a place that was suitable to my needs. But I discovered (eventually!) that it does not have to be this way. Here are some things I’ve learned, and come to accept about meditation.
You Do Not Need Absolute Silence:
Noise is inevitable when you are travelling, and if you are staying in hotels or hostels around the world, it can be almost impossible to find quite quarters in order to meditate. Even the safe haven of your room can seem loud when you are trying to focus your mind (if you concentrate on that noise), what with elevators, people meandering through the halls outside, and every other associated noise you will find in these places.
But what I learned over time is, while it is preferable to have absolute silence, it is not essential. The key here is to pay attention to what is happening inside your own head. And controlled breathing is probably the most important thing you can do.
Control Breathing For Effective Meditation Anywhere:
As I have said before, controlled breathing is the most important technique to effective meditation. If you can control your breathing correctly, tune into that sound. Eventually, you will be aware of nothing else, with some practise. Achieving peace of mind can really be attained anywhere if you lock down this one specific technique.
Use Certain Ambient Noises To Focus Your Mind:
Sometimes, I prefer to step out into the great outdoors in order to meditate. And the sounds of nature can be effective in helping you reach peace of mind. So, if you are on a beach and feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, tune into the gentle sounds of the waves hitting the sand.
In a park? Listen out for birds singing or insects buzzing about. Focusing your hearing on these kinds of things can help you to block out other noise that may be present in the area.
Don’t Give Up!
Whatever you do, don’t give up. As is the case with effectively any task you choose to perform, practise really does make perfect. And the tools you will build, from stronger focusing techniques to better breathing control, will help you attain a state of peaceful mindedness much quicker, when in ideal meditative settings also. Seriously, it really is possible to meditate anywhere, take it from me!
These are some of the techniques I have used down through the months and years I have been travelling around the globe. Why not try them out for yourself, and see what your mind is capable of.
A lot of people that are traveling are doing it because they get bored of their lifestyle and they want some diversity. But the problem I realized they have that when they start traveling they are not enjoying it fully. It is like they still have in the back of their mind all the things they have to do when they come home. That type of people is addicted to their previous lifestyle that they can’t let it go not even for the short period of time when they are traveling.
Yoga and Meditation
Unfortunately, I had the same exact problem. That was always happening to me at the beginning, especially with longer travels. I just could not keep my mind of the things I have to do when I come home, I couldn’t relax and enjoy the moment. That started bothering me a lot because I saw that other people have a great time and nothing is bothering them. So, I asked one of my friends that I met while I was traveling what is her secret how does she let go of things and stay so relaxed all the time. She immediately knew what I was talking about and she said that Yoga and Meditation were the two things that helped her get through this phase.
Of course, I had to try it and see for myself. I was kind of a skeptic, but in my mind, I really wanted it to work because I was tired of not being able to relax and enjoy. Because I had no previous experience with yoga or meditation, I asked her to show me how to do it. She was nice enough to show me the right way how to do yoga and meditation. Almost immediately, I have felt much more relaxed, it was like I had nothing to worry about in life. For those 30 minutes of meditation, everything in life was perfect.
Effectiveness of Yoga and Meditation
After she showed me how to properly meditate and relax my body and mind, I felt like I was a new person with zero problems in life. I instantly fell in love with yoga and meditation, and I wanted to learn more about them so, I signed up for private classes of yoga. That was one of the best decision of my life because yoga and meditation changed my entire life for the better. Since then, whenever I don’t feel relaxed enough, I just meditate for an hour and after that, I will feel life a renewed person. I would definitely recommend to everyone both yoga and meditation, the two best ways to relax your whole body and mind.