Pre-trip gut check

Stress free travel : being well-prepared has an impact on your travel experience

I previously highlighted the importance of stress-free travel on your overall well-being. But while your attention and online research focus on the importance of  planning the steps towards your dream  holiday, you might have overlooked a crucial player in well-preparedness : going for a test run.

My next upcoming vacation is a yoga retreat with my 3 wonderful darlings in Sicily. But my travel aspirations go beyond towards the wild unknown : climbing up to Machu Picchu. Part of visualising your dream, is playing it out. By enacting what you ambition to achieve, you are actively manifesting.


I’m a manifesting generator

Test runs blatanly point out what works and what doesn’t, which allows you to make the necessary adjustments to ensure your experience is the best possible. As Darwin pointed out : it’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It’s the one that is the most adaptable to change. I am also a strong believer that bounce-back-ability is one of the secret factors to true happiness.


Share the happiness

That grey Sunday afternoon, I enrolled the help of my bestie, who also happens to be the godmother of my youngest little gift to this world. She’s fantastic. Got to love her. Especially for her enthusiasm for partaking in my dream  theme “women who explore”. So as we set out to be victorious in the wild outdoors, we took the baby for a walk around a local lake “Meer van Rotselaar”.

Our on the field research led us to develop a better understanding of what it means to fearlessly travel with a baby. An unhappy problem unfolded rather immediately. The romantic idea of carrying baby on our shoulders had an opposite effect. Our physical well-being was out of balance after just 15 minutes of walking on the beaten path. Baby weighing 9 kg, undeniable, he was too heavy to be carried in this manner. It’s crucial for us to realize that although I love and adore this little one, I need to change the way I travel with him. A single inspiring thought emerged : a baby carrier.

Rather than clinging to this limiting unfortunate finding, I’m excited about a new test run with a baby carrier.


PS Here’s that stalker again. He’s so totally not my boyfriend. He kindly offered to carry the baby on his shoulders for the remainder of our outing.

— Rotselaar, Belgium (March 2017)


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