Since I started my business idea of using travel as a therapeutic tool to help one going through a tough time I have received many comments about how it can actually help.
This summer I came to understand what people meant when they would say, “Travel doesn’t help me. It can be quite stressful, and I don’t get anything out of it.” Many would say, “I rather stay home than have to deal with driving or being on a plane.”
And they’re right, if you travel because you have to or your trips have no purpose then you will not receive any true benefits.
This summer I didn’t have a true purpose which is why I got sick and didn’t enjoy it.
My purpose for our summer trip was focused on the need to please everyone. I had family coming to visit and my natural instinct was to immediately get excited and want to show them everything. It was going to be their first time in my home state of New Mexico so I wanted to leave a good impression.
Well…… the three week summer trip went a little something like this……
First stop: Brooklyn
One day spent in Brooklyn to meet the family coming from JFK airport. A short tour around Brooklyn to get a taste of the city, if you could even call it that.
Second stop: Albuquerque and then Denver
Flew from Brooklyn to Albuquerque. Spent a day or two with my mom and then got on the road to visit my brother.
Spent three days in Denver. I was able to see the infamous Rocky Mountains and some parts of Denver.
On this trip I forgot about healthy eating and exercise. I stuffed whatever food was offered….ice cream, steak, pancakes….you get the picture. This is where the stomach starts to slowly fall apart.
Third stop: Grand Canyon
Just being in the presence of this masterpiece is enough to be content.
However, I went with the wrong mindset. My stomach hurt, was tired(hadn’t been sleeping in days), and was told I couldn’t walk down into the canyon. I was too focused on being mad and tired.
This goes to show that pictures can lie because everyone sees them and thinks, “wow, Adriana is having the time of her life,” but what they didn’t know was that my mental and physical state were suffering. Never truly believe the pictures until you talk to the person.
Fourth stop: Sedona and Hoover Dam
Again…beautiful sites. The magical red rocks of Sedona definitely have a soothing medicinal aura of making you feel good.
Hoover Dam is just an architectural and scientific masterpiece. Again, I was in the wrong mindset. I was tired, stomach issues, and upset that we were seeing everything in a rush and not enjoying nature or the sites.
I was focused on the negativity and I let my physical pains dictate everything else. I just didn’t get to enjoy the nature because I felt there wasn’t enough time to truly connect with it.
Last stop: Vegas and then back to Albuquerque
Of course, when you’re already feeling bad you have to stop in the “city of sins” to stuff yourself with greasy food and be surrounded by people’s desire to spend!!!
At this point my stomach couldn’t digest anything, everything was going right through me. I could not hold anything down. I had huge eye bags because of not sleeping, and my mind just wanted to get away and hide. I didn’t feel like talking, walking or exploring, which is weird for me. I had given up on enjoying any of the sites or the rest of our travels.
I know what you’re thinking… “what a spoiled brat, she gets to travel to great places and she complains. So many others would love to be in her place.” And you’re right, I’m extremely blessed and fortunate for everything in my life. However, since my business is about using travel as a tool to help you feel better I have to tell you what I did wrong and why it’s so important to “TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE.” My problem this summer is that I had no purpose but to please everyone and do way too much in a short period of time. I didn’t think of how I would feel, and thought if I didn’t offer enough they would think I’m selfish. In the end, I did more harm than good because of my mental and physical state I could not be my best self, which was the initial intention.
When I say “travel” I don’t want you to think you have to spend a lot of money or visit the hot spots. Traveling could be visiting the town nearby or going to a local state park, it’s about getting away and focusing on your purpose for being there. Like the organization Travel Effect says, “Travelers report higher levels of satisfaction with regard to their stress levels and their physical health and well-being. ”
My business concept is about incorporating wellness into your travels, something I learned from Wellness Tourism Worldwide. When you travel because you want to help yourself feel better you have to think of your well-being, the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. It’s about gaining an empowering experiential experience, not just gaining miles. It’s about finding activities to enhance both the mind and body. According to Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a leader in education, development, and promotion of wellness travel says, “When your body or spirt encompasses discovery, connectivity, growth, and fulfillment by your positive engagement between people, cultures, and nature you come back a new person.
My retreats are about leading physical, psychological, or spiritual activities to improve your well-being, and at the same giving you the opportunity to visit nature or a new town. In the end, like anything in life you have to think of yourself first before trying to help the world. Like Oprah says, “its ok to put yourself down as #1 priority” because when you do you’re in a better state to help others.