Weekend getaways are meant for recharging, re-centering, and refocusing on what’s important in life. My weekend away in Colorado reminded me the importance of relishing each moment, being present and being with those whom you love.
Living in a city and going through your daily routines can make you numb to the simple joys in life. It can be easy to rush through your day without taking a moment to appreciate what’s around you. I believe it is vital to one’s well being to slow down and notice your surroundings. With the rise of social media it can be especially hard to be in the moment when you’re off doing “insta worthy” activities.
Here are a few of my tips that I use to stay present while traveling and cherish every experience.
ONE CLICK WONDER.
Sometimes certain activities and places are too beautiful or too epic to not take a photo. I use the one click rule. I literally take one picture and then put my phone or camera down to enjoy the rest of the activity. If you really are nervous about doing that I suggest allowing yourself to take 3 photos or 30 seconds per activity. Then put that camera down and actually experience the moment.
LIKE MY MOTHER ALWAYS TOLD ME, “NO PHONES AT THE DINNER TABLE.”
A delicious meal shared with friends or family during a trip is meant for quality time. I like to really taste my food and engage in meaningful conversation. I promised myself no phones during meals or when speaking to people. There’s no real connection or appreciation for anything if a screen distracts you. The only exception to this rule is if the food is too marvelous and unexplainably beautiful that you must take a picture. Then and only then can you apply the one click rule.
LIMIT YOUR GADGETS.
I like to pack light as you all know and when I know I’ll be out all day exploring a new place I especially make sure I pack light. This means only taking my phone or small camera with me. I don’t bring anything bulky and I make sure it all fits in one small to medium sized bag. If you limit your cameras the less likely you’ll want to take a bunch of photos. Who likes lugging around all that equipment anyway?
TRAVEL AGENCIES THAT TAKE PHOTOS FOR YOU.
If you really can’t go without taking photos, there are a few travel agencies that plan the trip for you and hires a cameraman (or woman) to go with you on your tours to take photos for you. I’ve never done this, but I heard about this company during a speaking event.
NO PHONE, NO CAMERA, NO NOTHING.
There are days, events, and trips where I decide not to bring any gadgets with me and I have to tell you that this is the most freeing experience I’ve ever had. My senses come alive and I relish the time I have with whoever I’m with or better yet with myself because a little self -love is always important.
The desire to capture memories and keep them forever through the lens of a camera is noble, however, the experience will always fall short when technology is involved. So stop, take the time to put that camera down and look what’s around you. Take the time to taste, smell, feel every single experience to your utmost ability and I guarantee it will be worthwhile. How do you stay in the moment?