Some trips are life-changing, others are forgotten. But when travelling with an open heart and curiosity, one never returns the same.
In a few days I am heading off to Europe for a month, visiting three amazing countries. Luggage almost packed, the rest stored in boxes. The journey begins…
I must admit the hardest part is to get going. Just like with everything else, changing a job, changing a home. Back when I was studying in Canada, I remember our professor saying that all humans have an unconscious fear of change and a desire for familiarity. Perhaps this is also related with the concepts that describe our cognitive systems in the brain to be ‘lazy’ in the sense that we choose to do and think in the most primitive ways to save energy. An example of this is generalising (the Schema Theory) where we make sense of the world by putting things into categories. It makes good sense to do this when we are young and try to understand things, but very soon we need greater awareness of the other possible explanations. I do find it sad to see just how many people choose to think what is easier rather than to investigate the truth.
Over the last months I have been following several youtube vloggers, who share stories of places that they visit. My favourites are Flying the Nest and The Way Away. It is great to change together but I can also imagine how challenging it can be. I personally believe it takes a lot of intellect and emotional awareness to manage the challenging situations they encounter. Here is one particular vlog where the couples discuss the things that help them when travelling as a couple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_ha8GL7KSU
When doing solo travel things are a little different. I’ve been following solo travellers on youtube, an there is great advice for example from Hey Nadine or Sorelle Amore. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqB8mnZKJx4.
Really, the main thing is to be open and willing to grow to search and to commit to greater things as we find them in our lives. But to find them is the key.
The preparation process
Handwork Helps to prepare for any change in life, because in a way making something makes us also think of the external situations that apply. For example last year when I went to Europe for a few weeks it was mid summer in Brisbane, but crocheting this beanie made me remember how cold it can get and helped me to deal with the sudden change from +30 to -30C with more ease.
Packing early I like to stat packing a few weeks before travel, just keeping things in a pile, then arranging them closer to the trip. For people who are working like I am, it can all take longer then expected and to avoid dramas (oh there will be dramas anyway!) it’s best to plan. It all depends of where you go, so check for advice on Google, but the psychological preparation is always helped by external planning.
Doing research Just as I was preparing for this holiday I was able to appreciate the many amazing tools that the internet now offers and possibilities to read reviews, watch video blogs on YouTube, to even connect with local people through CouchSurfing and Facebook! Wow, honestly, the world is becoming smaller and smaller!
In the end, a person doesn’t need much to be happy… I can’t wait to feel the joy of simplicity and to discover with my readers what amazing adventures await! We will be visiting my homeland: Lithuania! My best friend in Germany who I met online while doing my bachelor with a UK university. And then… an amazing summer European destination: Greece! See you soon!