taking routines on the road

Confession: my favorite parts of traveling is when my traveling life feels like my home life.

here's the thing

As you know, I've worked pretty hard to cultivate helpful morning and evening routines. The truth is, it doesn't stop there. Through self-study, I've been able to test what works best for me in a lot of areas of my life.  (Do I always follow my own advice? Of course not.)

I have a fairly good idea of what makes me feel good. So, throwing that out the window when I travel is counter-intuitive to me. I have a few key things I like to do that sets me up to have a good day, no matter where I am in the world. 

travel routine

I guess I like lists and routines.

Coffeeeeeeeeeeeee

At home, making coffee is a ritual. For me, find cute coffee shops and finding the best coffee is so fun no matter where I am. When Ruben & I go out on day dates, this is one thing I often go back to. 

When I travel, it's helpful for me to drink water first thing and then find my daily coffee source. Looking for good coffee whilst traveling is also a fun way to find uniquely designed places. Bonus: when you find the non-snobby coffee places, baristas are happy to give insights on less touristy sights to see.

Breakfast

YO. Food is my jam. I love looking and finding good restaurants. Ruben needs to eat protein pretty soon after waking. This is a little challenging in Europe when not many restaurants offer "American-style" eggy breakfast. It's easy to find my version of breakfast on vacation, coffee, and a croissant or toast.  

Movement

This one is pretty easy. I like to opt out of most modes of transportation and get there the slow way instead. This means biking or walking 5-10 miles a day. I've found this is SUCH thorough way to get to know a place and makes me feel so good.

Sunshine

I usually plan travel during the hottest times of year in Tucson. This allows me to spend as much time as possible outside doing all the things I like to do at home when the weather allows. Eating on patios, sunbathing, and farmer's markets are a few of the ways I do this.

Learning

One of my favorite parts of my job is how I literally learn something every single day. On vacation, I typically don't work as much so I miss this part of my job. Luckily, navigating and figuring out the best things to do gives me the satisfaction of problem-solving. People watching, seeing sights and talking about our observations with Ruben tends to be very learning rich.

That's it!

As long as my days have some version of the above, I'm happy. Anything else is just icing on the cake.

 

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far mar

in the roman countryside

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