Mindful travel advice: 4 tips to help you maintain your practice and have an incredible holiday

August 15, 2014

Mindful travel advice: 4 tips to help you maintain your practice and have an incredible holiday

One of the things that makes a holiday so precious is the break from routine. The only trouble is, if you’ve developed a regular routine around your meditation practice, you might find that your holiday disturbs that too.

Maybe you’re used to meditating just before you make coffee and leave for the office - but on holiday you have orange juice and head straight for the pool. It’s small things like this that can really throw you off. And you might even feel like, since the point of your break is to relax, the discipline of daily meditation is something you’d rather do without too.

Well, first of all, don’t worry, it’s completely normal to feel this way. But at the same time, it’s worth remembering that if you maintain your practice while you’re away it will be that much easier to continue when you get back. Not to mention the fact that staying mindful while you’re on holiday is almost guaranteed to improve the quality of your time away.

Mindful travel tips:

So, here are a few mindful travel tips to help you keep your meditation ticking over...

1. Be flexible. Whatever your day looks like, make sure you stake a place and a time for meditation. Even if you’ve missed your normal time to meditate, don’t use that as an excuse to skip a session. Simply work around your holiday schedule.

2. Buddy up. The new Headspace meditation app allows you to connect with other meditators you know. So if you’re on holiday you can connect with someone at home. Better still, if you’re on holiday with friends or family, see if they’d be interested in joining you. You might find they’re more receptive than they would be at home.

3. Reframe your practice. If you’ve started to think of meditation as part of your ‘work’ routine, try to remember that it’s really so much more than that. It’s about letting go of old baggage, lightening up, experiencing a clearer mind and perhaps even some relaxation. So, even if you spend all day lying in a hammock, it still can’t match meditation when it comes to peace of mind.

4. Remember the benefits. There are so many advantages to living mindfully that it would almost be a shame to miss out on them while you’re away. Particularly if you’re on holiday with your family or friends: by maintaining your practice you’re not just benefitting yourself, you’re benefitting them too.

So, if you are going away this year, make sure you take the Headspace app with you, and that you’ve downloaded the next few sessions before you leave.

And stay tuned to the blog on the Facebook page and on Twitter with the hashtag #MindfulTraveller, where we’ll be sharing advice and support on how to improve your holiday with Headspace.

Andy Puddicombe

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Robynmassey

August 15, 2014

Thanks for the tips. Speaking of travel and vacation, I am grateful to be able to bring headspace to France with me and to France itself for keeping its countryside so pristine, and commercial free.

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MaxPeck

20 hours ago

As a very frequent business traveler, I find traveling where meditation is the easiest. I wake up in a hotel room alone. There are no distractions of the dog refusing to come in even though it's raining, leaky facets begging to be fixed, or the neighbor's 6:30 am lawn mowing. I look at all of my business travel as an opportunity to focus on improving me practice. It's at home where I really have to work to carve out time. ProTip - if you are a floor sitter, a thick hotel bath towel doubles as a decent yoga mat in a pinch.

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MaxPeck

20 hours ago

As a very frequent business traveler, I find traveling where meditation is the easiest. I wake up in a hotel room alone. There are no distractions of the dog refusing to come in even though it's raining, leaky facets begging to be fixed, or the neighbor's 6:30 am lawn mowing. I look at all of my business travel as an opportunity to focus on improving me practice. It's at home where I really have to work to carve out time. ProTip - if you are a floor sitter, a thick hotel bath towel doubles as a decent yoga mat in a pinch.

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kphilliben

September 5, 2014

I recently went backpacking in the Grand Canyon. Wonderful trip! Deviated from my routine practice, but found lots of opportunities to sit, breath, do a body scan, and define intention. Small moments throughout the day to be mindful of the experience.