The Mindful Journey


the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.


a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations.


the movement of people between distant geographical locations. Travel can be by footbicycleautomobiletrainboat

busairplane, or other means, with or without luggage, and can be one way or round trip.

Mindfulness in the news

Barry Boyce / / November 22, 2017

One of the most powerful things you can do when you’re traveling is to let go and passionately wander.

When you first hear these words joined together—mindful + travel—they’re most likely going to conjure up the notion of being hyper-conscious and conscientious about each and every little detail of everything you’re doing when you’re on vacation or out there one the road.

Now, where is the fun in that?

UPLIFT / April 21st, 2016

How a journey can be an opportunity for Spiritual Growth

Travel can be overwhelming. Around every street corner, through every door dwells something that might inspire you, enlighten you, or change you. Constantly confronting the unexpected is perhaps one of the most electrifying aspects of world travel. But like everything, there are drawbacks.

Travel is important because it removes us from our routines and comforts, hurling us into a world and experience that often feels utterly out of our control. This is a good thing. 

Sarah Schlichter / Smarter Travel / Feb 7, 2018

During a recent trip I took to Portugal, there was a moment when my body was sitting in a park in Cascais, but my mind wasn’t present at all. Ducks paddled on a pond in front of me, children’s laughter echoed from a nearby playground, and a warm breeze drifted through the trees, but I wasn’t aware of any of it. Instead, I was staring at my phone—practicing the complete opposite of mindful travel.

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Mindful Posts

November 14, 2018

As I explore more about this topic in my The Time to Travel is Now series, I’ll talk about fear of flying, traveling to destinations with preconceived notions like Russia and the Middle East, and meeting people all around the world that challenged me in becoming a bett...

October 30, 2018

A preview of stories to come

September 13, 2018

I love exploring New York. No, not the isle of Manhattan, but the other New York, the one you don’t see on television shows like Law & Order or Marvel movie blockbusters. I’m talking about the New York that prefers trees to skyscrapers, farmland to brownstones, and lak...

July 21, 2018


     1.   an object or feature of a landscape or town that is easily seen and recognized from a distance, especially one that enables someone to establish their location.

     2.   an event, discovery, or change marking an important stage o...

June 26, 2018

My “Bourdain Moment” was in St. Petersburg, Russia with our local guide Vladimir, who took us to a friend’s residence for a home cooked meal. Vladimir didn’t tell me or my parents this in the beginning, he just suggested we follow him up an old staircase to a communal...

May 2, 2018

So I was off to see the Shire (of Lord of the Rings fame); however, I must have not set my watch on New Zealand time after hopping a flight from Melbourne, Australia the day before. I missed the bus to where they filmed the Hobbit's home village -- it was probably too...

April 16, 2018

I started writing about my travels as a way to hone my writing craft but I also wanted to share some of my adventures and inspire others to get out and see the world. This blog was the way to do it, so I had to let go of my yellow legal pads of scribbles (Okay, I still...

March 30, 2018

I have devoured my travel show materials, researched over 100 countries (did you know there are 195 countries in the world right now?), and contemplated where next to get lost.

My very “scientific” process of picking my top 10 of ‘18?

     Pretty pictures.


August 15, 2017

I'm going to be honest. As much as I like to travel, I do like to return home to my own bed, and it feels good for about a day or two (depending on jet lag - maybe a week), but then I get the itch to go somewhere else again. Luckily I have some stored episodes of Antho...

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