Mindful Travel: 6 Tips for Experiencing the World
1. Learn Before You Go
This goes for unspoken language as well. Did you know that in much of Latin America, people point with their lips instead of their fingers, that it’s incredibly rude to blow your nose in public in China or that a peace sign is not indeed universal (and is actually quite insulting in some countries)? In order to travel mindfully, it’s useful to be aware of commonly used gestures, cultural faux pas and an area’s religious and political history. If this seems overwhelming, don’t worry; these are all things that you will learn naturally along the way.
2. Connect with Locals
For a less formal cultural immersion, community facebook pages and websites like Couchsurfing offer a forum for forming connections based on common interests. Not only will you make new friends, but once you are outside of the typical tourist helix, you can better get to know a place and its people.
3. Leave Your Comfort Zone
4. Respect (and Embrace!) Cultural Differences
5. Move Slowly with Room to Wiggle
6. Be Your Best Self
Best wishes for your journey—May it be incredible and life-changing!