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5 Self-Care ideas while Traveling

We hear it all the time: self-care, self-care, self-care. We understand the importance of self-care. Yet, we all struggle to intentionally prioritize self-care in our day to day lives let alone while traveling. 

I know some reading this are probably thinking 🤔 wait, traveling is self-care so why would I practice self-care while I am traveling? Like many of you, travel is also my more efficient form of self-care. In one counseling theory “taking a vacation” is a skill of mastery. I am really good at this skill. I hear you all, travel is self-care. 

Travel is also stress-inducing. Especially when the destination is in a different culture/country or for longer periods of time. The stress of navigating various forms of transportation, languages, currencies, can take a much larger toll on the body and the brain that we often times realize. 

With no further wait, 5 practical ways to implement self-care while traveling: 

1- know who your people are and reach out.  Support is important in the day to day lives of everyone. Travel exemplifies this need as cultures and language barriers can highlight our loneliness and create feelings of isolation. The first thing I do when I get to my hotel is FaceTime with someone who I know cares about me. I retell the journey of getting to where I am and share the view of my room. This makes me feel less isolated and disconnected from the people who have my back. 


2- Spend an evening  in your hotel: take a long shower and drink a bottle of water. Running through airports, train stations, city buses, and subways is not as glamours as our instagram photos may appear. It’s actually very dirty and very dehydrating. Give yourself a guilt free night to clean up and hydrate your body. I also recommend traveling with lotion; the processed air hurts the skin. 

3- Journal. Take time every day to reflect on your journey. What have you experienced, what have you learned? Gain insight into yourself, and never forget your adventures. 

4- Exercise. The need to excerice as self care in normal life is obvious. But it is also important while traveling. I’m not saying you need to go on a 10 mile run (unless that is what you enjoy) or find a gym to lift weights. But I am saying to take a hike or rent a bike for a day. Explore other modes of seeing your location than buses and taxis. A way that stretches your legs and connects you to nature. 


5- Implement your spirituality practices. Visit a local church, engage in prayer, practice yoga, implement breath work. Whatever your spiritual practice is that keeps you grounded in your purpose- implement it. You won’t regret giving time to your practice! 

2016 Travel Review

There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future. -Eleanor Brown

In true travel blog fashion, as the year comes to an end, it gives us all a chance to reflect on our travels, our lives, our journeys. What we learned, what worked, what didn’t work.

So here we go:

January into February was spent in Florida with my bestie, BK.


This trip reminded me why I love solo travel, and how blessed I am by my friends. But for real, a good dinner by yourself in an airport is amazing. Check my blogs on Ft. Lauderdale and Key West if you want to see how we took on south Florida

April, a road trip to Texas.


This trip, unplanned, was the result of a death in my family. This year has come with a lot of loss in my family. Many opportunities to explore my gratitude for life, adventure, and love. I made the most of it and saw a good friend along the way. A friend who understands that nature (and shopping) is what I need in order to heal and move forward.

May, Las Vegas


My brother married his new bride at the little white chapel. The family tagged along. This was not my first trip to LV but it was by far my favorite time in LV.

October, Colorado Springs


The husband and I made a pact when we got married that we would spend our anniversary traveling. Remembering each other, and our promises. A chance to step away and evaluate our relationship. How we had grown, what we learned, and what our goals are. This year we stayed in the USA, and went hiking in CO.

Nordeste, Azores

Nordeste is true to it’s name: it refers to the North East area of the Island and is where most outdoor sports occur on the Island as it houses the most beautiful canyons and valley rivers I’ve seen.

Jason and I went with a pair of tour guides to go Canyoning for a few hours. Basically we hiked up the mountain and then came back down repelling and jumping off some pretty epic waterfalls. Putting the GoPro to the test.

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Furnas, Azores

Furnas is a hot springs location in the inner island. The local resturants use the hot spots to cook a delicate dish of various meats, seafood, and vegetables. In the early morning, pre sunrise, they place the pots in the pre-dug holes. They let them cook all morning and remove them just before the lunch hour.

We got to enjoy this one-of-a-kind meal at a local restaurant- the pictures show the exact pot we ate from.


Furnas area also has a volcano lake near by that made for some gorgeous views.

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Also near furnas, is the famous church on the hill. If you are able to climb the steps, I recommend it. Great views!

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Fall in Kansas City

Fall is finally hitting our trees here in Kansas City.

For me, fall has not always been my favorite time of the year. Growing up fall was the beginning of the school year which implied another long set of months being bullied. Then as I grew up it become the time of year to represent the ending of relationships, other not so great experiences, and then in 2010 the passing of my father.

However, in the past few years I have worked hard to redefine fall in my life. I got married last fall, and enjoyed an amazing honeymoon in the Azores. I am embracing the biblical significance of fall being a time to rid yourself of the negatives, the things that need changed and to start prioritizing the things I want to carry into the winter, and grow through the spring.

Now, Fall is a time to rejoice the ending and beginning of new chapters in my life, and in the lives of those around me.

Pikes Peak, CO

Jason and I decided to venture up to the top of Pikes Peak on our last morning in Co Springs.

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We decided not to drive the Mini Cooper this time, as we both felt we had put her through enough on this trip. She does, after all, have 105,000 miles! So we took the COG Railway instead. It was truly delightful. We sat across the way from a couple who lives in upstate NY. We shared good trails within CO springs, and outside of CO springs to concur in the future.

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Did you know you can hike all or part of Pikes Peak? They have a trail laid out for people wanting to do this. Next time, I hope to concur the mountain on foot.

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Assuming it is not 7 degrees on top the mountain.  Because it was soooo cold, and because our GoPro was dead, I only got a few photos from the top!

 

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Phantom Canyon

Phantom Canyon is located on the Gold Belt Byway.

I have never in my life felt so small, and powerless as I did in the midst of the canyon. I have been through a lot in my short life, so to find a location that made me feel more powerless than ever before is quiet the feat, one I never thought would be possible.

In the midst of the Canyon you are surrounded by wild life and encased in a range of mountains and rocks. There is no escape, no ditching out of the path, once you start. It is quiet frightening even, as you travel the one lane dirt roads, knowing you cannot turn back, and you have to embrace the finish.

We had to overcome whatever we faced on the next turn. I often think that feeling small, feeling powerless, results in seeing our own resistance, perseverance, and will to live. These very traits, that are not unique to humans, are true beauty of ones character.

phantom canyon, colorado, october 2016. Our 1 year wedding anniversary. 

 

Gold Belt Byway – CO

The Gold Belt Bypass is a series of roads that go through some of the most beautiful scenery south of CO Springs. We took the route through Florissant and Phantom Canyon. The hyperlinks go to blogs specific on those two areas.

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The route was one of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen. As I said in my earlier post, I am working on a personal agenda to expand my definition of Beautiful. As I think through this journey, I think about the chaos of the foliage, the varying colors (yellows, greens, reds) the red sand, brown rocks, dried creeks, all mixed together in a chaotic array. That mixed with the adrenal of a road, a mini should probably not travel, resulted in a sense of breath-taking awe. The depth of the colors, the never ending changes of textures to observe. The extreme sense of smallness brought about by the mountains and canyons. Words, nor pictures, can truly give justice to this experience.

Some more photos from the route on the Gold Belt Byway:

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