Being out of your comfort zone is the most valuable place you can be, but when your traveling, keeping a few home comforts with you help keep you content. When you’ve got those little things by your side to keep you happy it’s the difference between calling your mum for a chat, or drunk dialling her when you’re pissed on Ouzo in the middle of Mykonos.
So, here’s a few things I can’t live without when I’m on the road.
Waking up to the smell of fresh coffee is delightful. Anyone who says otherwise either doesn’t have a sense of smell (sorry for your loss) or has yet to discover the delights of the bean.
No matter where I am, having a hot cup of coffee in the morning is my constant. It’s the one thing that doesn’t change for me; and discovering how coffee differs from country to country is hard the fun. Greek coffee is heated in a metal recepticle on top of the mug which produces a watery earthy mug of coffee. On the other hand, Aussie coffee is thick, nutty and strong. Wherever I am, coffee in the morning makes me happy, and gets me ready for the day with it’s familiar and inviting scent.
A TRAVEL BUDDY
Sine I was 2 I have had a little floppy teddy called William. I got him in New York and i’ve never checked in to a flight without him. When I was 6, I was on a flight to Paris and I’d left him at the gate. I was so upset that they held the flight, found him and brought him to the flight for me. I never forgot that and when i’m traveling, I take him everywhere with me! He replaces scratchy airplane pillows, a travel buddy isn’t just for kids. If you have a teddy or a quilt you love, tossing it onto a white bed in a much-too-cream hotel room can make it instantly feel like home again. Do what I do; spray it with a familiar smell and you’ll feel safe and warm even when you’re alone on a 48 hour freight train through Bangkok.
Traveling can be exhausting, especially if you’re back packing and spending most of your time exploring. Couple that with time difference, heat and drinking, and sleep fast becomes extremely important. When I fall into bed after a long day I always dab some lavender oil onto my pillow. The scent is soooooo comforting and it really does help you drift off into a deep sleep. The power of aromatherapy is unbelievable and getting yourself into a lavender oil bedtime routine soon tells your brain it’s time for some shut eye.
A GOOD BOOK
There’s always waiting involved when you’re traveling so why not fill your head with wonderful stories or information. There’s something so nurturing abut reading and the escapism is definitely something you’ll need when hopping round the world. At the moment i’m reading “Hippies in the city: A guide to holistic living” to learn how to be more zen about myself and “The life changing magic of not giving a f*ck” by Sarah Knight to learn how to be more zen when it comes to what people think of me. Grab something you’ve wanted to read for ages and get lost in the pages. Tip: Goes great with travel buddy. TOP tip: Make sure it’s a real book, the battery never runs out and pages are more soothing than a screen.
What things can you not live without while on the road?