5 Travel Lessons + 10 Snacks for the Road
In the summer of 2013, I met the most wonderful couple that inspires me on a daily basis and I’m not alone friends. Everyone who follows their journey on Instagram is drawn to their passion, love, and determination to live life to the fullest. Andra and Richard are two souls who decided to quit their jobs in Toronto and set off to travel the world, settling in Australia for the time being. Our paths crossed for a reason and I often think if they continued to live in Toronto, would we have met? I have to say, I’m so incredibly grateful for everyone I have met on social media. Some of the most special friendships have developed and continue to blossom. It blows my mind how this is constantly happening all over the world. I asked them to share their top five travel lessons that they’ve learned from traveling the world and along with their article, I’ve included my top healthy travel snacks for the road. It is with pleasure that I welcome Andra and Richard to Garden Heart.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
Over one year ago we quit our corporate jobs in Toronto, Canada and decided to travel around the world. This was always a dream in the making, and the best decision we’ve ever made.
Prior to leaving home, we had dedicated our life to all the usual things such as education and corporate jobs, which we can now see have taught us little of real importance. All our life, it just seemed like those around us were repeating rehearsed phrases that they had simply been told themselves by their superiors in their youth. When we asked others around us the simple question “are you happy?” we always got a shrug of the shoulders and a very uncertain “yes, sure I am”. This answer simply didn’t satisfy.
Looking back, we can now see that leaving home was absolutely necessary for our own evolution of true happiness as we too were once not sure what happiness really even meant. Travelling has given us space to forgo planning for our future and instead just live freely, making life up as we went along.
The moment we stepped foot off the airplane in our first destination, Romania, we had enrolled in the school of life and travel. We’ve learned to really listen – with both our ears and hearts – to the stories of people we’ve met along the way. We’ve opened up our eyes to not only new sights but also entirely new perspectives of what is truly important in life.
Here are the top five things we learned from the road:
1. We’re All Just People.
We’ve visited three continents that occupy people with severely different culture and religious beliefs and guess what? We’re all not so different, after all. We all just want love, security, community, and companionship. If you look past the superficial, there is not much that separates us. There is no such thing as better people or worse people; we are just all people of the universe.
2. Intuition Triumphs Logic, Always.
Whether it was deciding which country to visit next or which city to reside in when we got to Australia, when we tuned into what felt right rather than going with what seemed perfectly logical, we always got the outcome we were looking for. And, on the other hand, all the times that we chose to go against that “gut-feeling”, we also paid the price and were disappointed with whatever transpired. Today, every choice we make – no matter how big or small – is made by trusting our gut over our mind.
3. Fear is an Illusion.
We’ll admit it – prior to leaving home we spent much of our time living with subconscious fear. There was a point where we feared the idea of throwing all our savings away on travelling; or we feared forgoing long-term secure life plans in exchange for a life of little predictability. Luckily, the fear wasn’t enough to keep us at home. But, what we learned is that fear can really paralyze someone from living life to the fullest. Noticing that fear is nothing than a mere illusion that exists only in your mind is greatly empowering.
4. Heal Yourself First And You’ll Heal The World.
“Don’t let others pull you into their storm. Pull them into your peace” – Kimberly Jones
Living a life that truly makes you feel peaceful and happy is single-handily the best thing you can do for the greater good of humanity. The world doesn’t need more angry, stressed or anxious people. What the world needs is more people who exude peace and gratitude, allowing them to share this with those around them. Be the light and shine.
5. True Happiness Is A State of Mind.
True happiness doesn’t depend on anything, therefore can never be taken away from you. This is because true happiness can only come from one place and that is within you. Travelling has allowed us to create great memories, but it is by no means the cause of our current state of happiness. It’s the positive outlook on life and easy-going emphasis that we’ve placed on our life that has allowed true happiness to transpire.
Travelling has been a wholesome teacher for us and for the first time, we can say that the lessons we’ve learned are full of meaning.
Preparing in advance healthy meals can save you from reaching towards airport snacks that are loaded with refined sugar and empty calories. It is important to stay nourished and have a variety of snacks with you so that the hungry monster doesn’t set in. I know that I am not the prettiest rose in the garden when I’m hungry.
1. Simple quinoa with fresh herbs (recipe below)
2. Raw pitted dehydrated olives
3. Turkish dried figs
6. Sliced cucumbers with roasted seaweed
7. Sunflower oat bars
8. Loose tea
9. Raw truffle almonds & pumpkin seeds
- Quinoa Salad
- 1 cup of quinoa
- 2 cup of water
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch of pink salt
- 1 tsp. ghee or coconut oil
- ½ cup of fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
- ¼ cup of fresh dill, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp. pine nuts
- 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
- 1 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 lemon slices
- Lemony Dressing
- 1 tbsp. capers
- pinch of pink salt
- 1 tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil
- juice of half of a lemon
- freshly ground pepper
- Wash herbs and finely chop, set aside.
- Rinse quinoa in water well and once water is drained, place it in a covered pot with the measured water, bay leaf, lemon slice and ghee. Bring to boil, then reduce heat.
- Cover pot and let it simmer for 15 min until most of the liquid has been absorbed.
- Remove from heat and let it sit for another 5 min. Fluff with a fork.
- Transfer it to a bowl and mix in herbs, seeds and pine nuts. Set aside.
- In a food processor or hand blender, add all the ingredients for the dressing and process until well blended.
- Drizzle the lemon dressing over quinoa mixture.
- Transfer quinoa to a tight lid container for easy travel.
My travel essentials for my flight to LA:
1. Passport, book, journal, watch
2. Beauty balm for face, mist, towel tablets, hydrating balm for hands
3. Therapeutic roll-on for peaceful sleep, water bottle, lip conditioning balms
“Take the road that brings you the most happiness, even if that means going down the less traveled path.”