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Travel tips for Spiritual and Conscious Journeys

Updated on February 11, 2013

Preparing for your spiritual journey

"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." - Henry Miller

Once you have selected and booked your Spiritual Journey, there are many things that you can do in order to prepare for your journey to enhance your actual travel experience.

Spiritual and conscious travel is similar to standard travel from a physical travel perspective, however, the key difference is that on a spiritual journey, you also consciously journey within. Therefore, to deepen your experience, it is important to prepare for your journey considering both aspects - the inner journey and the outer physical journey.


Preparing for your inner journey

"Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens" Carl Jung

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Going within on the inner journey is often far more complex than the physical travel preparations. The importance though, should never be underestimated and the more time you spend on this aspect of preparation, the more profound your spiritual journey will be.

Spend some time thinking and meditating on what aspect of yourself you would like to explore and set your intention on what you would like to achieve through the process of the journey itself. People take spiritual journeys for many different reasons: It could be that you have reached a crossroads in your life and would like to take some time out to make a decision with clarity or perhaps you are wanting some time away from the day to day to gain an overview perspective and set some new goals for the future.

Open your heart and your mind without being attached to the outcome and allow what ever needs to come up for you. Even if you have no specific agenda for making the journey, you will find that connecting to sacred sites, traveling with like minded people from all walks of life and the break from routine, will refresh your worldview and give you some new perspectives.

Something I always do when planning a journey of my own is to journal my thoughts, feelings and experiences before, during and after the journey. It is a great way to remember the highlights and realizations that I have had along the way.

If you are traveling with Spiritual Quest Journeys, you will notice that each journey has a theme, a detailed itinerary covering the sacred sites and magical locations, a bio on the journey leader/s and the meditations and ceremonies that will be done. Read these details carefully and give some thought to what you would like to experience during the journey. If there is a release ceremony for example, give some thought as to what you would like to release from your own life so that by the time you attend the ceremony, you have worked though all of the issues attached to the release itself.

Do some research on the places you will visit. Whilst there is a knowledgable Journey Leader with every group, your journey will be enhanced if you arrive with some understanding of them and what aspects peak your interest.

The most important thing to remember that it is a journey, not a destination. Be flexible and go with the flow; trust that what needs to come up - will come up and keep your sense of humor.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Preparing for your outer journey

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." - Lao Tzu

For the outer physical journey, plan and prepare as you would for any other trip:

- Tie as many loose ends as possible before you leave home so you have peace of mind whilst you are away. You will generally have to do the same things before any trip so why not create a check list that you can use every time you travel.

This may include: paying relevant bills; arranging for: plants to be watered, family and pets to be cared for, drop off and pick up at the airport; checking to see if you had scheduled any appointments during the time you are away; notifying your bank that you will be away and will be using your credit card in a foreign country etc

- Make sure you have a valid passport (valid for at least six months after you return from your trip) with relevant visa´s.

- Organize medical, baggage and trip cancellation insurance.

- Consult your travel clinic to see if you need any vaccines or shots. Take the documentation with you or you may be refused entry.

- Pack enough stock of any daily medications you will need and medications you may need. Notify your tour operator if you have any medical conditions as well as if you are allergic to anything.

- Check the long term weather forecast for where you are going and pack accordingly. Always include a pair of comfortable walking shoes, a warm windbreaker or jacket (preferably water resistant), insect repellant, sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.

- Check on the dress code of the country you are visiting. You may also need a sarong or shawl to enter certain sacred temples.

Dendera temple - Egypt
Dendera temple - Egypt

Packing guidelines

It is worth having a check list

To ensure hassle and panic free packing, it is ideal to use a check list for those essential and nice to have items. Think carefully about what you might need on your journey. Here is a suggested list to consider:

Essential items:

- Passport and a copy (keep the copy in a separate bag to the original document)

- Airline tickets (with relevant contact details)

- Insurance documents (with relevant contact details)

- Travel confirmation and vouchers (with relevant contact details)

- Some cash in the currency of the country you are visiting (if you are unable to get cash before you depart, it can be drawn at airports on arrival)

- Credit cards

Non essential, nice to have items:

- A neck rest for flights and coach rides

- Money and document belt

- Cell phone (make sure you have international roaming ability or you can purchase a local 'sim card' when you arrive. This will give you a temporary number and allow you to make calls at the local national rate which will be much cheaper)

- Relevant electronic equipment e.g. laptop, iPad etc

- Travel alarm clock

- Voltage converter & travel plug adaptor if relevant

- Dowsing rod / pendulum / crystals

- Compass

- Pen Knife (pack in check in luggage)

- Camera and/or video camera

- Binoculars

- Address book (if you want to send postcards whilst you are away) and international calling codes

- Travel journal

- Sun glasses

- Reading glasses if relevant

- A good book or two

- Suntan lotion and/or sunblock

- Insect repellant and a topical treatment cream

- Rain gear

- Light weight jacket or fleece

- Comfortable (preferably water-proof) walking shoes or boots

- Sandals and swimming costume if visiting a hot country

- Blister band-aids

- Comfortable casual clothing with a smarter outfit if necessary

- Toiletries

"We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open." - Jawaharial Nehru

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

"When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable." - Clifton Fadiman

Whilst you can generally find what you may need while you are traveling, isn't it more fun to prepare for your trip consciously and spend your time in the destination exploring?

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Travel accessories

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

...and a few things to make your journey more enjoyable

Interested in learning more about spiritual travel?

"When you invest in Spiritual Travel, you always get back richer!"- Peta Panos

There are many ways to embark on a spiritual journey. Some people prefer to just book airline tickets and arrive in the destination without formal plans and go where the wind blows them. Others prefer an arranged journey where they enjoy the opportunity of traveling with other like minded people, having all of the accommodation booked, the itinerary planned and prearranged and the benefit of a Journey Leader to guide them through the inner and outer journey.

If you are more inclined to travel with a specialist tour operator, you are welcome to use the following links:

Have you ever been totally unprepared for a journey? How about believing you were fully prepared, only to discover that you had forgotten something critical to the enjoyment of your journey (I once went to swim with wild dolphins without reading the what to bring list and boy was that suggested wetsuit missed)


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