Whether it’s a business trip or a not-so-relaxing family vacation, traveling can often add undue stress to our lives. World-traveling author Dana Micucci has the perfect solution: Make any journey a spiritual one. In her new spiritual travel memoir Sojourns of the Soul, Dana tells the story of her visits to seven sacred lands and the lessons she learned at each location, but you don’t have to travel to the Australian Outback to learn these same lessons; you just need the tools that help you connect with your surroundings and open your eyes and your heart.
Some of Dana’s tips include:
- Learn about the history of your destination. The Office of Tourism will usually have material that explains the history of the town or city you’re visiting. Read through it and then find a place in nature – whether it’s under a tree or on a park bench – and really feel the earth and think about the history that took place where you’re sitting.
- Talk to the locals. Every culture is different, and speaking to those that live in the area you’re visiting not only helps you find out what makes the place special, but connecting with someone of a slightly (or not so slightly!) different culture can open your heart and understanding of the world and yourself. If you’re too shy to start a conversation with a stranger, go to a good local hangout and simply absorb the atmosphere.
- Notice the beauty around you. This is an especially good tip for business travelers. While you may not have more time to yourself than walking from your hotel to the cab stand, take a moment to absorb your surroundings. Look up. Look all around. Find something that is beautiful to you and make a memory that you can bring up when you’re feeling stressed or tired during your meeting.