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How traveling can break daily-routine, promote good habits (and change your life)

We can all agree that routines make our lives boring.
That being said, not all routines are bad: I’m and advocate of hot water with lemon every morning, and my regular 3 PM bowel movement is quite convenient. 😀

But nowadays life is way too rigid and predictable as work dictates most of our time: when to wake up, where we’re spending our day, the people we’ll be with ̶ you name it.

Graphic of routine life vs a life with new things.

Yes, a routine may be an easy way to organize life and prevent our brains from melting, but it’s also what makes us indifferent to the wife’s new haircut or to the fact that spring has arrived.

 

Deciding to travel

It all started when we couldn’t differentiate the current year from the previous. The calendar kept moving but our lives felt stuck. Life was a tasteless soupy snoozefest and something had to change!

Thus, considering that change is usually outside of our comfort zone, traveling felt like the perfect fit. Nothing is more effective at smacking us right out of the humdrum like travel is.

 

Creatures of habits

Weirdly enough, we adapted to the new reality on the other side of the world in a flash, including having rice for breakfast, the weight of the backpack, and the tropical heat. And we managed to do it by creating routines, only this time, they were aligned with our new set of goals:

– To experience change
– To see the world
– To build courage
– To grow

More than that, they brought the realization that: routines are not the problem, lackluster goals are!

 

Nuno in Myanmar traveling to brake routines

 
Why were we waging a battle with routine?

This was the confirmation that routines can play a supportive role in our expansion and overall well-being. That’s why many successful people are a big apologist for it ̶ for being a great tool to take us to where we want to be.

How was the everyday hum back home supposed to make sense when the final goals didn’t feed our soul?

 

The importance of a seasonal reality check

When frustration starts bubbling up, stop and notice if your goals have changed. Do you still want the things you’re supposed to be striving for? Are the intentions you set 5 years ago still the same?

 

Writing about things to change in my life

 

We should analyze our lives frequently and readjust its course, especially towards long-term goals. This is how travel can serve us, as a way to unplug and:

– Create time for reflexion
– Expand our world
– To be inspired to live a better life

And not so much as an escape from problems or momentary dissatisfactions. After all, shitty situations in life usually require some confrontation and management from our side.

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

 

Aligning with a purpose in life provides motivation, vindicates routine, keeps you present and makes a world of difference between living and merely existing. Meanwhile, if you can’t take a travel break: tweak your routines around, fuse into it good habits ̶ the ones aligned with your goals ̶  and let some of the bad ones go. Line up with what makes you happy!
Oh, and if you just came home from a trip, read this blog post about good habits:
10 Ways to keep the Travel Spirit Alive

 

Are you frustrated with daily routine? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

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