I was thinking a lot what are the advantages of travel. Beside I go to beautiful places and it makes me a stronger, more experienced and more freedom loving person, it has other smaller but also important advantage in my Life. Just for example my friends always tell me that I can pack my suitcase perfectly. No unused place in it or no unnecessary stuff. And it's true. And I'd like to believe that in other aspects of my Life I'm also that well organised.
During all these years of travels I've learned how to live in a suitcase and use limited places and time. If something needs to fit in, it will. Even I have to leave other things behind. By that I've learned the priority of things. The meaning of choice. It's a very good spiritual practise indeed. How to get rid of things you don't need any more – sometimes even people, – lighten up the luggage and the heart, not carry oversized or overweight packages.
I never carry things with me that I can buy in the shops I go. It gives me flexibility. Do you know the kind of person who always buy the same brand of toothpaste? Well, this is not me. I'm not a prisoner of my habits. I can use any shampoo as long as it's good for my hairtype, contains less chemicals and not tested on animals. I can eat any kind of food. And I can sleep anywhere. At the airport waiting for connection, on a bus during long drive, or on a not so comfortable small bed in a backpackers. I don't need a king size bed and perfectly closed curtains to fall asleep. I'm not saying I don't like comfort. I do love it! But I wasn't born with the silver spoon in my mouth and they say “Smooth seas don't make excellent sailors”
During work I meet lots of different people. Kind or less kind to my heart. But when I finish my contract and I have to leave the place, I take only the good memories with me. The bad ones I try to leave behind. Anybody did anything bad to me, I don't want to carry the anger with me back home or to the next place. It took me a while to learn to let it go, but makes my Life much easier. I don't stuck to any personal things either. When I leave, I leave all those stuff behind that I don't need anymore. I'm not gonna carry half empty bottle of shower gel when I can buy it anywhere! Or clothes.. they have no meanings for me. Of course, I pack less designer clothes with me, only those I take that I don't mind to get rid of if it's necessary to make more place for souvenirs in the bag.
And I've been in some very difficult situations indeed. When I had to stay calm and not panicking. Use my head, solve the problems as soon as possible and move on. And I was alone most of the time, I could only count on myself. Or I was lucky (and thankful) enough that somebody came into my Life in the very best moment to offer some help and I was happy to take it. I learned to trust and give credit sometimes to a total stranger. I learned to face with problems and that at the end somehow everything will be alright. I learned that all those difficult times are only challenges and the show must go on. And it always does..
And I learned not to give up easily. That some places or people are worth to take a risk. And I learned to learn.. I truly believe that every places I go can show me something new and I can learn something from all those people that suddenly come to my Life even at that very moment I don't see what they are teaching me. But when I look back, I always find the answers for my questions. And I never forget being thankful for all.
So this is it. This is my spiritual practice during travelling that gives me wonderful experiences and on the way I hope it helps to find the better me..