“To travel is to live.” - Hans Christian Andersen
How often do you feel you’re fully present in the moment? Do you make time to pause and immerse yourself in your surroundings? Traveling can be hectic, especially when there’s a plane to catch and schedule to keep. Live in the moment. Be there. Stop to feel the ground beneath your feet. Close your eyes. Breathe in relaxation. Breath out any tension. You're doing some light meditation without even realizing it. Surrender yourself for a few minutes and feel this unique vulnerability. Can you hear the sounds of the people, cars, city, and life around you? These elements are wildly different wherever you go. Pay attention to what you see, hear, taste, and feel. It’s the small aspects of your travels that feed your senses and create an experience you never forget. Write these feelings down and document your journey in a travel journal.
Live in the moment and record what you experience. As you write down memories from each trip you’ll find that years later you can look back to notice how it helped shape you. Take pictures with the people you meet and the places you see. When you return you can organize them in an album. As you leave responsibilities behind, you’re going to find that traveling makes you more observant and it’s great practice for being present and connecting to the world.
We love traveling so we ’ve created an entire section of our products devoted to that passion. The leather goods we craft help you explore, create, and live authentically. Your purpose is easily found when your journals, sketchbook, bag and other accessories are used during your adventures. These items keep you organized and able to document the trip.
The items you take need to be things you enjoy using and able to withstand the rigors of traveling. Your bag might get throw in an overhead compartment and tossed around from one location to the next. Your journal also needs to be rugged enough to go from place to place. Take down notes with our Traveler Journal made to accompany you on every trip. The Expedition Notebook is also excellent for taking quick notes due to its compact size. The Grant Travel Wallet holds your passport, boarding passes, cards, cash, and receipts in attractive, top grain leather. We’ve got a dedicated section of products designed with the traveler in mind.
Journaling provides the opportunity to learn lessons from old experiences. And writing as you travel provides you the chance to pause and reflect.
The following is an excerpt by famed author Alan Watts about being present in the moment:
“This is the real secret of life. To be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it’s play.”
As you travel ask yourself: Where is my consciousness or awareness? Most people realize they spend too much time on their phone and the computer and there is a growing trend of people wishing to use technology less. Don’t let it control you. Unplug often from these devices and connect with the people and world around you.
We’d urge you to live intentionally and be more aware of people, moments and experiences. Desire and prioritize them over the virtual world. Whether you want to spend the day at a National Park or in a totally new country, it’s time to cross off some destinations from your list and see the world.
“Pay attention to the journey and being present now and not down the road at some destination we are seeking is important.” - Isaac Childs, CEO/Founder of Rustico
Explore and enjoy every journey!
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