Solo Travel

If you had asked me 5 years back,of travelling alone my answer would have been –

NO WAY !!

It must be unsafe,boring and so lonely.

Would I even enjoy eating dinner alone or sitting in a restaurant alone looking at others and feeling awkward! Would I be able to navigate the city where the language was different or deal with the currency issues?

Nevertheless, I have started believing strongly that every woman once in her lifetime should take up a solo trip.

Since past two years I am gathering the courage to take a solo trip, finally set a deadline for Summers of 2017, to do a solo international trip.

Have you also never travelled alone and somehow feel you are missing on to it?

Don’t be upset! It certainly is the right time.

In your early years ,you were busy settling down with your family and a professional life and the world has definitely taught you to deal with the pressures which mean NOW you are at the right age to travel & explore the BIG WIDE BEAUTIFUL WORLD.

Apparently, you will educate yourself…. language, culture, tradition, cuisine…. you name it. Everything will be different and exhilarating and novel. You will learn to live in a world completely different to what you know now.img_1332

Travelling, particularly solo, is one of the most incredible gifts we can give ourselves in life. Travel is ageless, no matter how old you think you are, and gives you an education about the world that you would never find out from text books. You meet people who are different from you – gain some new perspectives, and hopefully, broaden your own.

Travel is not cheap, so think about setting aside some cash each month in a “travel fund,” and before you know it, you’ll have enough to go somewhere new. And if for some reason you do not have a passport – apply for it today. You don’t want to get left behind when the opportunity comes knocking.

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We as humans are adaptable, At least trust your abilities enough to try.

The greatest gift of solo travel is the experience of ultimate freedom. When you travel solo you decide where you’ll go, what you’ll do and when you’ll do it. There’s nobody trying to alter your plans and there’s no need to compromise and adjust. You’re in complete control of your travel experience, and trust me, it feels simply WOW.

  • Given that you are more sensible now you can make better choices of places to stay in. Opt for a comfortable hotel/home stay and enjoy chatting with other tourists, eating food & drinking wine.  ( Wine keeps coming to me after every few minutes 😉  )
  • As you mature your communication & socialising skills become better so you start enjoying meeting random people at coffee shops or restaurants. You are now open to any discussion without having the fear of being judged.
  • You are above the point of proving it to others that only BIGGER events & flashy places are all a part of travel experience, now you know the charm of little local experiences, momentary observations, conversations with locals at a pub in evening will stay with you forever & will be cherished more.
  • Get a full medical check up done before you leave for your vacation and get a health insurance done .You sure want to feel absolutely healthy in mind & body while travelling.
  • Travel light. Go minimal.
  • Take a day off from sightseeing & just relax. Call your family back home & read a book.
  • Get over the thought that if you step out of the home the, home, husband, kids won’t be able to function. Life for all will keep moving even if you are not around. Maybe it won’t be as perfect as you want it to be but it will move on smoothly.
  • Remember -this health, this active body & mind are not coming back to you. Utilise them. Cherish the memories of travelling all your life & when you will look back you will be proud that you did it.

“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without travelling.” – Roman Payne

So here’s Yayy to solo travelling to all my girls there !

 

 

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Experience the Fortune of Joy With these Inspirational quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

 Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist. He lives in Plum Village in the Dordogne region in the south of France, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace.

He is the man Martin Luther King called “An Apostle of peace and nonviolence.” His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in one’s self and in the world.tnh

 

 

 

 

Use these inspirational seeds daily as reminders to plug into love compassion and wisdom:

 

  1. “When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That’s the message he is sending.”
  2. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
  3. Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”
  4. “Because you are alive, everything is possible.”
  5. “When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other
    But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change” 
  6. “We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.”
  7. “Life is available only in the present moment.” go-as-a-river
  8. “Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible.”
  9. “We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
  10. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
  11. Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.mo-ud-no-lotus
  12. If you pour a handful of salt into a cup of water, the water becomes undrinkable. But if you pour the salt into a river, people can continue to draw the water to cook, wash, and drink. The river is immense, and it has the capacity to receive, embrace, and transform. When our hearts are small, our understanding and compassion are limited, and we suffer. We can’t accept or tolerate others and their shortcomings, and we demand that they change. But when our hearts expand, these same things don’t make us suffer anymore. We have a lot of understanding and compassion and can embrace others. We accept others as they are, and then they have a chance to transform.

 I hope these quotes contribute to your deepest healing and growth in life.All thanks to Thich Nhat Hanh for inspiring us with such beautiful wisdom.

                       Wishing you all love, peace and joy and self-exploration.

 

 

 

In Pursuit of Happiness

Many of us get up every morning with anxiety, disappointment, and pessimism wondering why things are so dull, why life isn’t fun and enjoyable, why a dark cloud always seems to linger around us.

We all know our life is composed of love,joy,anger,grief,happiness,fear and pain. We should believe in embracing these emotions wholeheartedly because running away from them only complicates our life.

It’s true during times of anxiety and depression nothing seems to work, BUT  still CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY . It’s all a matter of choice in life.

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 The fact is, “Happiness” is a frame of mind and a birth right for all. Unfortunately, we term happiness with outside events like job,marriage,children,home,love,wealth. Things which confirm safety in our lives. These situations will keep changing, materialistic things will keep coming and going from our life but what is going to  stay forever is a HAPPY and a Motivated mind.

You, not events have the power to make you happy or unhappy. Choose what it shall be.

I strongly believe that we can set conditions that cultivate happiness and eliminate behaviors that cultivate unhappiness.

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.”    WilliamAdams

 When we are hurt and upset we always try to cling on to the wrong situations, wrongs people have done to us and keep building those bitter feelings due to which we are unhappy all the time.

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It’s time to give up on your sadness & adopt a happy attitude:

  • Train your brain to stay positive.
  • Express APPRECIATION for everything that you have in your life: a comfortable bed, friends who stand by You, food, healthy body, family ( most of the people are deprived of all of this) Also the more grateful you are for good things in your life the more you are bound to attract positivity in your life.
  • Surround yourself with self-motivated friends, so that you keep getting that pep talk every now and then.
  • Learn to surprise yourself every day. Set small targets daily, ensure you win them daily.
  • Happiness will not come with people and things, stop holding hard feelings and stop being so hard with your own self too.
  • Don’t expect everyone to play by your rules. They are meant to live their life on their terms like you.
  • Don’t choose to be happy only when everything is up to mark as per your likings. Happiness comes from within; it is not determined by what’s happening around you.
  • Learn to live and enjoy the present. Worrying for future will take away the happiness from your present moment.
  • Don’t compare your life with your friends. Compare yourself to yourself.

Everyone is bound to go through their own shares of happiness and unhappy moments. Comparing will only make you bitter. Appreciate what others have too.

  • Don’t hold grudges for anyone and anything. They never help instead will take the peace out of your life. Rewire your mind to stop blaming yourself and others for any unhappiness in your life.
  • Help people more often, it will give you a feeling of fulfillment.
  • Learn new skills which will keep your mind engaged and take you away from your rigid thoughts.

Above all Sign up for a Happy Life! We only live once. Live it to the fullest!

Rest your anxiety

Open the door to thrilling opportunities before you.

Take pleasure in simple things in life.

Cultivate happiness!!