This post is by Caitie Goddard of GOOD Travel. Caitie and I recently connected through a friend over our mutual love of intentional travel. She told me all about the concept of Mindful Travel and the upcoming trip she’s leading to Nepal and I was so excited about the opportunity that I wanted to have her tell you about it herself. Be sure to check out GOOD Travel here and consider joining Caitie in Nepal this spring! -Lacy
As a Founder of GOOD Travel, I am fully committed to helping the travel industry become a powerful force for ‘good’ by supporting ethically sustainable companies and provide resources for travelers to make it easier. I recently had the chance to introduce myself to Lacy and after looking at her site and hearing more about her mission for A Sacred Journey, I was thrilled to be able to introduce myself to her community and share a bit about my interest in mindful travel.
Last year I was fortunate to have an opportunity to work for 2 ½ months in Kerala, India. Outside of my work hours, my activity options were limited to chatting with the front desk operator (who didn’t speak English), eating gobi dosas at the only restaurant we had (no complaining, best dosas of my life!) and taking yoga classes down the street at a small, local studio. I had never been into yoga, basically because I viewed it as “exercise light” for those who didn’t feel like a real workout. However, my options were limited and I decide to go all out and sign up for a month of classes.
It didn’t take long for me to humbly recognize that yoga is indeed a physical challenge. However, my instructor was more interested in yoga’s contribution to a mindful lifestyle than how long you could hold crow pose. The month not only helped me physically gain strength but also made a dramatic impact on my mental outlook. Since then, it’s been a personal mission to continue to incorporate mindfulness into my personal and professional life. With GOOD Travel, the upcoming Mindful Travel Nepal trip was created to merge the passion to travel with the importance of being present!
I am looking forward to this trip because it’s an opportunity to practice living mindfully; mindfulness does not have to be another activity to incorporate into the schedule. In fact, that’s exactly what it shouldn’t be! With mindful travel, it is built into the experience itself. It’s the opportunity to climb the great Monkey temple and then truly revel in the moment at the top (probably with heavy breath and tired legs but what better way to appreciate being alive?) It’s the chance to start each day with yoga or meditation and feel wonderfully revitalized and present.
Always interested in going outside my comfort zone, I’m most looking forward to the thing I know little about: contemplative photography. My co-leader Christiane has extensive experience in this field and has offered to share her wisdom with our team. In short, contemplative photography is a method for photographing the world with a freshness and perspective normally unnoticed or hidden from view.
My only intention I set for myself in 2015 is the one I think sets the tone for anything else and that is to “focus on the now.” I imagine it won’t be too difficult while in beautiful Nepal with a wonderful group!
Want to join Caitie in Nepal this spring?
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When have you made a conscious effort to seek out socially/environmentally “good” travel experiences? What was the reason behind it? How were you impacted?