Silvia (travel blogger) on Emirates cable car in London

This Is How You Can Live In The Moment While Travelling On Your Own

I feel you. Sometimes you travel on your own and carry all your problems with you. To the point where you are so much in your head, you can’t even see what is in front of you. Or you over-plan your trip in a way that you always think about what is coming next instead of enjoying the moment. In this blog post, I will tell you exactly how you can live in the moment while travelling on your own. I will also list down why it’s important to travel alone which will give you that extra motivation that will help you live in the present.

Let’s start with 4 useful tips that will help you live in the moment, make sure you save this blog post for when you need it while travelling!

Alright, let’s go!

#1 Try this exercise to appreciate the present moment

This exercise is very powerful when you feel like you’re totally unaware of what is going on around you. This is a grounding exercise I read from “Think Like a Monk” by Jay Shetty and I promise you it will help you live in the moment when travelling solo or in good company.

  • Count 5 things you can see around you.
  • Touch 4 things with different textures/temperatures around you. They could be on you as well, such as shoes, a T-shirt, a bag… Notice the texture and feel when touching.
  • Notice 3 things you can hear around you. Are they loud or gentle? 
  • Smell 2 things. Are these odours pleasant? 
  • Taste one thing. Sometimes my lips taste like tea, lip balm or dark chocolate.

Try and notice how you feel.

#2 Meditate if you can

How to live in the moment when travelling solo. Solo traveller meditating

Meditation is a way to connect with yourself and helps you focus on what really matters to you. This is one of the best ways to live in the moment when travelling solo. It doesn’t need to be long and if you are one of these people who say “Meditation is not for me because I can’t stop thinking” is a sign you really need to meditate. You won’t stop thinking by trying only once, it takes time and it won’t help you get rid of your thoughts but how to live with them by noticing them rather than drawing in them. These are some suggestions on how to learn to meditate: 

  • Headspace App: This is how I started 4 years ago! You can give it a go with the free trial before purchasing a subscription (£9.99 per month or £74.99 per year) 
  • Calm App: (£7.99 per month or £29.99 per year) 
  • Meditation centres: find the closest meditation centre to your place. (If you are visiting Bali check out the best yoga retreats here)
  • Podcasts/Youtube: Yoga by Nature podcast and Sadhguru YouTube channel (this is my favourite meditation session)
  • Peloton app: If you already use Peloton, check out the meditation session, it’s very well done!

#3 Remember why you booked that trip in the first place. How did you want to feel, what was your goal?

How to live in the moment when travelling solo - swimming when travelling solo (Singapore)
Morning swim in Singapore

Before going on holiday, think about this. If you were living the life you wanted, what would you do? If you need an example, this is my list: 

  1. I would wake up and go for a swim. Swimming connects me to nature and gives me energy. It could be the sea or an outdoor swimming pool. 
  2. This might be controversial but I would work! I love working in tech so much, interacting with intelligent people and focusing on challenging projects gives me energy and makes me feel very accomplished. 
  3. I would walk or exercise with other people. I’m very extrovert so doing activities or sharing experiences with others makes me happy and charges me
  4. I would watch the sunset and read. The sunset gives me peace. 

When I go on a solo trip, I try to do most of these things because I know they mean a lot to me. So if you don’t know what to achieve when going on a trip, think about how you want to feel or what you would do if you were living the life you wanted. This will give you more purpose and help you live in the moment when travelling solo because you chose to be there.

#4 Knock out your anxiety with this thought

Sadhguru in his book “Emotion and Relationships” said “I do not understand why we are told to be in the moment, because one cannot be anywhere else. Where else can you be other than in the moment?”

Don’t beat yourself up if you are invaded by thoughts, your physical body is in the present, and you are living right now even if you’re thinking. Thinking is part of our life so give yourself a break!

Why do we travel alone?

As I mentioned before, thinking about the “why” you booked that trip in the first place is a great way to feel grounded and appreciate your surroundings. Here below I’m going to list the reasons why we travel alone and I hope it will spark some excitement that will take you to the present moment:

1. You can be whoever you want to be

Travelling solo means that most of the time you’re surrounded by people you’ve never seen before. This will push you to reveal a version of yourself you’ve never shown (or not shown enough) in your everyday life. You can be whoever you want to be.

Why do we travel solo? Solo traveler learning about Balinese culture

2. You can get lost! When was the last time you got lost?

In the comfort of our everyday life, we very rarely get lost. We have control over nearly everything we do because everything repeats itself. Yes, I am also one of these people who would get lost even with Google Maps open on my phone. Even then, I know I have some control and I would only be lost for a few minutes.

But really, when was the last time you got lost? The last time you couldn’t even work out where you came from, how to read signs in another language or how to ask for directions. When you got so lost you would be lost for hours! This is the second reason why we travel solo. We enjoy not knowing where we are because it doesn’t matter. We immerse ourselves in colours, smells, and voices and look at people’s behaviours to observe what is life like in another part of the world.

3. Things don’t always go as planned

You can plan as much as you want, thinking it will all fall into place. But it won’t happen and that’s the fun part! Let me introduce you to the art of getting by! Sometimes things go missing or a 2 hours journey turns to 6 or people don’t show up. There are no good or bad times on a solo holiday, everything is an experience. Okay, maybe not a great experience when I went to the rainforest without a toothbrush for 3 nights. But you get my point.

4. Try one thing you’re scared of

I’m sure there will be something you would love to experience or you’re curious about. But there is something stopping you. Or you’re just afraid. Well, you’re somewhere new so just give it a go, if not now when? I went for 10 hours of snorkelling experience in Bali without knowing how to swim! I also took up dancing, surfing and hiking while travelling, who knows what you can try?

5. Who are you when you’re not at work?

Have you ever wondered who are you, really? If you weren’t that machine just moving from place to place because you have to. Well, travelling solo will connect you to your values. You will notice what you like or not and get to know yourself in a way you’ve never experienced before. You might find out you’re adventurous or spiritual or fearless more than you thought you would.

FAQs:

What does it mean to live in the moment?

Living in the present moment means appreciating what is around you and feeling yourself in the space you are surrounded by. This state can only be achieved when we are not distracted thinking about scenarios of future things that might not even happen or social media and so on.

Why does travelling make you feel alive?

Travelling activates all your senses in one go, especially if you are travelling to a place immersed in pure nature. I’ll give you an example. If you live in a city you might experience similar scenarios every day. But if you travel to a place such as Bali, you can hear geckos at night, you can smell tropical rain, you can feel different textures whilst creating traditional offerings, you can taste incredible tropical fruits and smell the incense when riding a scooter through the villages.

Another reason why you feel alive is because you are entirely up to you. Travelling to a new place means that everything is new so you are in “survival mode” thinking about what is the best choice for you at all times, whilst when you are home you act as if you were on auto-pilot!

Conclusion

I hope these tips have given you the right mindset to enjoy your solo trip more by living in the moment. These are obviously not only for when you are away but you can also practice them when you’re at home or in any situation that makes you feel disconnected from the present. 

Ciao for now, 

Silvia x