Leave autopilot mode

Days go by doing the same thing. We get up, turn on our phones, and the distraction begins.

The framework of our life keeps us superficial. It’s an automatic response – it preserves energy thus deemed useful from the ancient part of our body that wants us to survive.

But there’s more to life than survival. We know that when we travel and pay attention. There’s the beauty of variety, magnificence of nature, inspiration in humans and their creations.

Travel nonetheless can bring its own mindlessness. Routine happens quick and the wonderful opportunity to use the experience for our own betterment flies away just as quick as its moments.

It’s foolish to think that our behaviour will change just because we changed our surroundings. But it is indeed easier to grow mindfulness and avoid its biggest enemy, Routine, in a different environment.

The truth is, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Paying attention to our own mind is almost the simplest thing – but with scary consequences. We are sometimes wary of our own selves and because we don’t spend enough time with it in the every days, it’s like a stranger. We don’t know what to expect and that unknown is enough to keep us away.

But if we’ve already started to get familiar with our mind, going away can be the biggest nudge not only to experience something new outside but also travelling deeper inside.

Take those precious moments and handle them with care. They’re easy to create: stopping by the sunset, a yoga pose in the room, the slow taste of local fruits, the view from the mountain. They’re also easy to miss as we rush through them, ticking them off of our list. Done right, the biggest takeaway from our time away is the gift of our own company.

So let me ask: on your last travel, what did you learn of yourself?


This post is part of the A to Z challenge of 2018. Check out the wonderful posters in the #atozchallenge and #blogchattera2z as well. Thank you for stopping by.

I’m also on a writing adventure on my other blog, Pieces of Soul. Come by to be part of my interactive story!

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22 thoughts on “Leave autopilot mode

  1. How exciting to be off on the A to Z adventure!

    Travel to me is all about the stories. When you know the history you can imagine the happiness and heartbreak that occurred on the spot where you are standing. Of course travel is also about the people, the scenery, the buildings and the wildlife. It is about the difference from the predictability of home.

    Can’t wait to get on the road!

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  2. There is so much beauty in the world if we’re only willing to see it. We miss so much as life moves faster and faster, and it’s nice sometimes to slow down and take it all in

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  3. Beautiful Andy. Travel to me is always nostalgic. I love travelling and everytime my holiday is done, I treasure the lovely memories. Autopilot mode has taught me to enjoy the simpler things in life. Great way to start.

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  4. We need to just stop pause and look around. Theres so much around us, theres life around us. Yet we fail to see life, fail to breathe life… Loved your post and a, going to be with you through the month of April 🙂

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  5. Hi Miss Andi,
    Lovely to come across you on this first day of the A-Z Challenge for 2018. This is the fourth year I’ve taken part and I think I become a ghost to the rest of my family during this time. I always seem to bite off too much for what the challenge entails.
    Last Thursday, I caught the train into Surry Hills, Sydney, which is right next to Central Station. I always love going there and used to live in the inner city in my younger days in my life before marriage and kids. It’s very arty and I always seem to notice the details while I’m there and I wasn’t sure whether it was because I was visiting or that there was more to see. I tend to think it was because I was visiting and every detail is fresh. I also had my camera round my neck and my vision always improves when I’m seeing or thinking through the lens. Anyway, here’s a link: https://beyondtheflow.wordpress.com/2018/03/30/surry-hills-sydney-through-the-lens/?wref=tp
    My theme for the A to Z this year is “Letters to Dead Artists”. Today, I kicked it off with Alexandros of Antioch who created “Venus de Milo”.
    I’d love you to pop over and visit during the challenge.
    Best wishes,

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  6. My last trip was a solo one and the first at that; well I have travelled alone before too but then went on to stay with friends/relatives. This one was purely me only. I was initially apprehensive how will I deal with being “alone” but to my surprise that was the best part of the trip. So yeah travel teaches you to step out of your comfort zone and test your mettle.
    BellJar by Sylvia Plath #atozchallenge


  7. I am visiting your blog for the first time having found you on the blog #Challenge participants list. I have discovered while traveling that one can be a tourist or a pilgrim in one’s attitude. On a garden trip in France, one of the fellow travelers was reading a book on his NEXT adventure as the countryside rolled by. What a shame! I look forward to traveling with you this April and am now following. If you have time, my theme this year is BOOKSTORES, their architecture, location, and the great people who sell books. If that interests you, come join me. Stephenyhoughtlin.com


  8. I can’t think of an answer to question but I’m sure I have one, though most of my travels are ‘virtual’ so i’ll maybe return when my brain’s not a squishy mush of muddle 🙂


  9. I think a lot of people don’t travel or enjoy the travel because they feel that they have to have a lot of time or money to do it. Just small trips to close destinations can revitalize a person’s heart. And then it also opens you up to the idea that your area and yourself are a little more awesome than you thought.

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