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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! 

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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Colorado Springs

My Husband and I came to CO Springs for our 1 year anniversary. Yes, it’s been a whole year! I want to give a few shout out reviews from our trip:

1 Academy Hotel: beautiful, affordable, great staff, best hotel breakfast I have ever had!


2. Edelweiss resturant: the closest to authentic German experience I have had in the USA. Their staff spoke German to us, which allowed me to practice ordering in German. Beer was authentic German brands and brewing standards. Absolutely worth the time!

Red Rock Canyon, CO

Red Rock Canyon is a set of trails from paved easy to unpaved expert and all in between. Some for biking, some for hiking. Some allow pets, some do not. My husband and I decided to try our hands (and feet) at the contemplative trail.

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The contemplative trail goes through the major red rock formations and has great views of the Garden of the Gods.

 

 

Garden of the Gods; CO Springs

Over the past few months I have set myself on a personal journey to expand my definition of beauty. For me, finding beauty in nature is easy, but finding beauty in the day to day of life and relationships is more difficult. As I sat at the Garden of the Gods on top rocks I climbed I began to question what about this scene makes it beautiful. You see, Garden of the God’s is named because of the rock structures created from water and sand erosion. The contrasting colors and textures from the bright yellow trees, the dark green pine trees, and the red rocks creats a scene that cannot be recreated.  The various textures created by the trees, mountains, rocks, and sands set against the back drop of any even bigger mountain. It seems almost chaotic at first glance; no really pattern or reason for how things are layed out, yet that vary chaos is what makes it beautiful.