Close your eyes and picture yourself on a tropical island, surrounded by the bluest water and most animated wildlife. Maybe you’re in a local village listening to the unique language of the indigenous people, or eating their regional vegetables and spices. Maybe you’re hiking a steep mountain side to reach a vantage point atop, viewing dozens of miles clear across the land and ocean. And then your alarm clock goes off.
You hit the snooze button and slowly get back to the reality of day-to-day life. Although traveling with purpose can be an enlightening, life-changing experience, the transition from experiencing the wonderment of travel to being bound by the routine of everyday life can be difficult.
A Traveller's Eyes
Seeing the world through the traveler’s eyes happens when you’re away from the routine and comforts of your home life. Your eyes are a little bit more open to every experience and new opportunity. You pay attention more to the people and places around you. Every day is seen as a new opportunity to learn, taking in all that the local area has to offer. You want to taste new foods, talk with new people, and gather as many experiences as possible to fully experience another culture.
Seeing the world through “traveler’s eyes” allows us to grow and develop a deeper understanding of the places and people that we visit. Absorbing so much information and experiences causes us to think a little bit more about ourselves and our own place on the earth.
Fast forward to being back at home, and going about your day-to-day life. How can you take the same excitement and experiences to make life at home more mindful?
Tips for Seeing the World Anew Everyday
You can’t necessarily bring the warm weather and deep blue waters back home, but there are ways to bring the traveler’s eyes back to everyday life. These tips can help you replicate the same serenity, excitement, and fascination to all of your days:
- Take time out of your busy schedule to create a ritual to remind yourself to be present in the moment, and appreciate the beauty of what is all around you. You can find inspiration in the rituals of other cultures such as the Achuar, our indigenous partners in the Amazon, who honor the Earth by tending beautiful, elaborate, yet practical gardens.
- Learn how to make new dishes that you have never made or tried before. You don't have to travel to discover delicious new foods, you can experiment in your own kitchen! Try searching the internet for new, exciting dishes to prepare.
- Attend events that celebrate community and bring your interests alive. You’ll find that communities everywhere host events—food exhibitions, musical experiences, workshops and festivals—that can provide you with new experiences without leaving your hometown.
- Get involved. Learn about the pressing issues facing your region and find out how you can make a difference. Whether it’s a local zoning issue or a global crisis, like the quickly changing climate, knowing that there are ways you can make an impact can change your relationship to everyday life.
- Find a community in your area that shares the same values and passions as you. Being around like-minded individuals can create a serene and enlightening environment.
It’s not always easy to find the time and funds to hop on a plane to the other side of the world. However, getting involved, whether in your own kitchen or in a local community group, can help bring the benefits of traveler’s eyes to our everyday surroundings.