We are a very routine-loving species, and we tend to settle into our comfort zones, which then limit our perception of how we can grow and evolve as human beings.
One deeply spiritual practice that can stir our lives to the very core is travel: by physically abandoning the known and venturing into the unknown, we discover opportunities to face fears, recognize inner conflicts, and work through our emotional burden.
Add to that, the stress of everyday existence can build up over time, causing us to feel disconnected from our life’s purpose and our own inner self.
Although a single trip into a nearby city to go around sightseeing can hardly be spiritual on its own, there are ways to transform a classic road trip into a spiritual awakening that it deserves to be.
Much like everything in life is an opportunity in disguise, your next adventure on the road can be the perfect moment for you to unravel certain truths, find ways to take better care of yourself and become more mindful of your spiritual needs.
Travel is a brilliant way to help empower yourself on your life’s journey, to always seek spiritual awakening and add depth and substance to experiences that lack them. Here are a few ways to add a new, spiritual dimension to your next road trip.
Choose your destination
Yes, the wisest among you will notice that it’s not about the destination as it is about the journey, but your destination will, to a great extent, shape the entire road trip, and allow you to have the kind of spiritual journey that your soul craves.
Depending on where you live, you can do some research to find out where you can go and discover something new.
Because traveling with the desire to learn something means you’re ready to expand your knowledge and your perspective with a new, educational experience.
Perhaps there’s a historical museum you can visit to shed some fresh light on the culture and heritage of your region. Maybe you can learn about the flora and fauna while exploring a nature reserve nearby.
Then again, there might be a yoga retreat you wouldn’t have heard of unless you searched for it, so you can use the opportunity to meditate and learn from a different teacher. There’s no limit to the kind of revelations you might have once you choose your destination.
Making a difference on the go
Spirituality might be rooted within ourselves, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be self-focused.
That is to say, while you may decide that you need to get away for a while to clear your mind and detox from everyday stress, you can still infuse your road trip with generosity: you can donate your time by working on a farm, book a stay in an eco-friendly hotel, or bring the clothes you no longer wear to give to those in need.
Working in a homeless shelter, bringing bags to pick up litter as you go, or setting up free lessons of what you do best to share your knowledge can all be different ways to give back to society in your own, humble way.
At the same time, such efforts give you the chance to meditate and ponder over your life, imbue it with meaning, and restore that feeling of gratitude for the abundance in your own life.
Self-care and mindful travel
As you prepare for the road and schedule different activities that can give your travel adventure a sense of meaning, you should also look for practical ways to tend to your needs, ensure greater travel safety, and take necessary precautions.
Sometimes, a single decision can help you on a multitude on different levels.
For example, choosing various insurance policies to protect your health, your travel plans, as well as your trusty car can help you be more mindful of your needs as well as the environment.
Picking the right policy doesn’t just mean that you can save on car insurance and get lower prices, but it also means that you adapt your behavior to preserve the environment by changing your driving habits.
Modern-day insurers try to reward drivers when they drive less and thus reduce their carbon footprint, which will further inspire you to walk, cycle, hike, and add different exploring styles to your journey, rather than limiting yourself to the comfort of your car.
Slowing down on the move
Bracing yourself for a road trip includes so many different planning and preparation stages. From making and packing food and snacks, choosing a playlist, all the way to getting the necessary camping gear if you plan to stay in the outdoors, it can all feel rather fast-paced.
Perhaps it’s time to bring out your yoga mat that’s been collecting dust for such a long time, and renew your love for the practice. Sometimes, that is the initial step needed to help you slow down and appreciate every moment of every day.
With a fresh perspective, and richer due to all those new experiences, you now have the chance to recognize just how much your everyday life puts you in a constant haste. New sights, new nature spots, new roads, it all allows you to be in the moment and appreciate the present.
Enjoy the silence, the time you spend alone, immersed in your own thoughts, and soaking in the wisdom of every new place you visit.
When it comes to soul-searching and increasing your own awareness of your spiritual needs, a little can indeed go a long way.
It doesn’t take an expensive trip for a Bali yoga retreat to discover that you need to take a break from your pace of life, or find out that your soul resides in a body that’s under constant tension.
An impromptu weekend camping trip or a city escapade can be more than enough, when you have the right mindset for the journey. Use these tips to prepare your mind for new self-discoveries, and each road trip will be imbued with purpose and self-care.