Purely by following that too-many-social-media-links path, I stumbled up on ‘Helen in Wonderlust’ at http://www.heleninwonderlust.co.uk. She describes herself as a ‘thirty-something UK based adventurer and travel blogger… with a special place in her heart for Africa’. Helen recently mused on her blog that, when returning home after travelling, she found it increasingly difficult to cope with ‘the norm’ and she struggled to find happiness when not out travelling. She wrote on her blog, that she found that it was the mindset that accompanied travelling that made her happy, not necesarily just the travelling itself. Here are her ’17 Travel lessons for everyday happiness’ :
1) Be nice to, and about people
2) Don’t waste your time on people who don’t deserve it
3) Take a social media Sabbatical
4) Don’t compare yourself to others
5) Don’t look in the mirror too much
6) Exersize (but pick one you really enjoy)
7) Find beauty in the ordinary
8) Do the crappy stuff first
9) Live in the moment
10) Be grateful for what you do have
11) Accept change and face your fears
12) Give yourself a break
13) Do what you love and do it often
14) Be open-minded
15) Go outside
17) Follow your dreams
And I think all of us have to admit that it’s hardly difficult to implement that into your every-day life, and when you try and look at yourself from an outsiders perspective and compare yourself when you’re on holiday and yourself when you’re at home, they are probably different people. And it’s probably the 17 points above that you adhere to when on holiday for a week but forget when you’re back at home doing the school run before work kicking yourself for forgetting to put the bins out, putting off going to the gym and finding youself in the middle of pointless family feuds.
Having said that, it’s all too easy to say that ‘if you just change your outlook, you’ll be much happier’, for example, one of the lessons above is ‘take a social media sabbatical’. Yeah it’s all very well and great but it might mean you miss the planning of a social gathering, you get looked down on becuase you are ‘ignoring people’. Often, there is a very fine line between putting yourself first and being selfish.
So why do people travel? Because they enjoy the ‘me’ that they become when they are travelling, they enjoy that feeling of not checking facebook, feeling a warm sunbeam on their face, breathing in the sea air and forgetting their arrogant boss. We all enjoy escapism, we all enjoy a week where we can be ourselves and have no worries. So that’s why people travel, to have a well-earned break from the norm.