It’s often said that travel is a great teacher, but it’s easy to crisscross the globe without getting any wiser if we don’t engage with our surroundings. These days, we’re often more interested in ticking “unmissable” sights and experiences off a list than in taking time to really get to know a place. And the culture of smartphones and selfies means that we’re sometimes more concerned with how our travels look, than with how they feel.
To travel mindfully is to rediscover the old-fashioned joys of travel – to explore, to learn, to connect with others; to slow down and to focus on your own thoughts and emotions, as well as on the world around you. If you change your mindset, you’ll be rewarded with a more enjoyable and authentic holiday; and in the process, you’ll help reduce the negative impact on the destinations you visit, too. Here are some tips on how to do so: