There are few things in life as exhilarating as travel. The thrill of discovery, a change of scenery, new food, new people. What's not to love? For many of us, it's the actual travel part. Planes, trains, and automobiles have their own inherent hassles built in, but I've found that there are some simple things we can do to alleviate travel stress and make the experience more pleasant.
I'm particularly un-fond of air travel, not only because of the cramped coach quarters and the (generally) lousy food, but the sense of having absolutely no control. My life is, quite literally, in someone else's hands--and for control freaks, that's hard to handle. To settle into the discomfort, I never travel without flower essences.
Crisis Cooler and Protect Me do what their names suggest, helping subtly shift my nervous, anxious traveler's energy from negative to positive, without side-effects. (Take that, red wine!) They're based on the same principles as Bach Flower Essences, and rely on the healing power of plants for their potency.
My second travel essential is a tiny statue of the hindu god Ganesh. Small but substantive (it's made of solid silver), it's been my goodluck charm for more than a decade and has been all around the world, from Northern Europe to Southeast Asia and beyond. Remover of obstacles? We all need that kind of juju when trying to get from Point A to Point B.
Finally, I never travel without a water bottle and a healthy snack, and my go-to is almonds. They're tasty, easy to pack, and and give me sustenance on those too-common occasions when my vegan meal is forgotten or unavailable.
What essentials do you pack in your carry-on bag? Please share!
Later this summer I'll be attending my first ever yoga retreat. I decided to do it on a whim; a friend is retreat chef, and I've always wanted to travel to Ibiza, and I had nothing planned for the end of August. It seemed like a great opportunity to try something new, even though I'm definitely not a yogini (though I have been doing the same 10-minute routine every morning for the last 10 years). I'm the type whose legs start to quiver after about 30 seconds of warrior pose, so this will truly be an exercise in stretching (ha!) the limits.
Yesterday, our retreat's yoga instructor posted something on the official facebook page that totally blew my mind: It's stretchy, bendy, toned, and lovely Meghan Currie doing an amazing yoga routine on a beach, and it is mesmerizing! I don't know if I'll ever be at that level (though wouldn't I love to have such a flexible spine and loose muscles!), but I can dream and aspire, right? If you want to see more (like I did) after watching that video, check out Meghan's website here: http://www.meghancurrieyoga.com/
I'm Aurelia, creative director here at Swell! This is my space for sharing thoughts and ideas with readers on more topics dear to my heart: Travel, wellness, veganism, and style, and living creatively and compassionately.
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