7 ways how traveling fuels your soul

7 ways how traveling fuels your soul | momentstolivefor.com

1. Enjoy the view

Think nothing but feel. We think so much in our everyday life. We plan, we work, we think forward and backwards, about the past and the future. Sometimes our brain gets a headache from thinking less on weekends. I get these regularly, when my brain calms down on Sundays. Therefore the best thing I did on this vacation was to sit down on the beach, watch the clouds and sea, feel the wind on my face and the sand beneath my toes and just think… nothing. I did this for hours and it was so freeing. Just being really in the moment with a blank mind.

2. Be amazed

Visit new places and be inspired by architecture and the life around you (nature, people, animals). Every new city I visit is an adventure, an inspiration to me. Architecture amazes me – historical or modern doesn’t matter. I love the old playful, squiggly details on historical buildings as much as the symmetric patterns on glass and metallic buildings from the last 20 years. These capture my eyes everytime and I stand before them in awe and wonder, forgetting everything else in my life and around me. Maybe it’s not architecture for you, but something else that you can forget everything else about, like a beautiful view from a hill or mountain. Be amazed.

3. Allow nature to nuture you

Watch sunrise or sunset and feel this awe-moment in your heart. Don’t forget to get out of the city. The most amazing views and moments await you in nature. It’s so much more alive than a city filled with busy people. The air is cleaner, you can take adventures along unknown routes, hide somewhere in the woods, or put your hot feed into icy cold river water. You will become one with nature again and feel life at its best, with your whole body and mind.

4. Let your mind play

Be creative – without pressure. Just for the sake of creating – not for your blog or anyone else, it’s just for you. Write in your journal – let your thoughts run wild. Sketch the scenery or anything that comes to your mind. Take photos for fun – not for your blog, not for a future photobook. Just for fun. Try new things. Let your creative mind run wild, without pressure of showing your creations to anyone. Just be creative for the sake of creating and let your mind play like a child.

5. Enjoy being

Don’t pay too much on a fancy hotel room. It’s just to keep your things and for sleeping. The main reason you travel is for experiencing new things and landscapes, not another bed. The best moment we had on our vacation, was at sunset at the beach with a cheap bottle of wine and some cheese bites. Nothing more. Just us and nature.

6. Get lost

Don’t follow the usual, known tourist routes. I found the most precious places while getting lost in cities like Athens or Paris. I always wander around in cities without much of a plan. Just to take it all in – the people, the real life and city – and somehow around the next bend something wonderful pops up – like a little church or shop, I would’ve otherwise missed.

7. Take breaks

Yes, sometimes you even need a break from traveling. As much as it is amazing to see so many new things, you definitely need time to process all these new impressions and experiences. Don’t jump from one city or sightseeing spot to the next. Just sit down once in a while, drink a coffee and enjoy the view. Otherwise you will need another vacation after your vacation to process everything and feel maybe even more wrung out than before. Enjoy.

PS: Are you looking for more more travel inspiration? Then read my wanderlust page.

wanderlust: why I love to travel

Wanderlust | momentstolivefor.com

One of my biggest passions is traveling. Since my childhood, when my parents took me on little city trips all around our home town or on vacation to Sweden and Spain. Or later traveling with friends to Denmark and the Netherlands. Or last year our road trip through Munich, Vienna and Prague, only one year after my big bike tour through North-West Germany. I always loved to travel and always will be – to see new places and take it all in. That’s maybe the reason, why I chose to study geography. To be able to do all these amazing field trips to Greece, Maroc and big journeys through Germany.

 


wanderlust Germany by momentstolivefor

wanderlust: Buxtehude
wanderlust: Buxtehude

wanderlust: Erlangen
wanderlust: Erlangen

a melancholic walk in Bremen
a melancholic walk in Bremen

round & round in Munich
round & round in Munich

biketour to Bremerhaven
biketour to Bremerhaven

amazing weekend near Dangast
amazing weekend near Dangast

tour de canoe near Osterholz
tour de canoe near Osterholz

winter walk in Marienrode
winter walk in Marienrode

I’m not someone, who flies far away to sit two weeks at the beach and do nothing but drinking cocktails and reading a book. I’m more an adventurous person, who wants to get to know the country and its people. So I’m always wandering around, roaming the streets or riding my bike through interesting landscapes. I really like to walk through cities, not jumping on the bus to get from one sightseeing point to another, but walking the streets and seeing the real life all around me. Here are some things I try to collect and lern on my journeys:

  • lern about other life styles – why do people things differently than me
  • see amazing architecture from all ages of mankind and cultures
  • be inspired by cultural and historical art
  • capture beautiful landscapes and cities with my camera
  • see something different apart from my daily routines
  • discover new food and drinks
  • lern about people’s way of life and how they got there historically
  • take little adventures while wandering around
  • get to know this world and its people and understand their way of life better

 

No wonder though, that the biggest part of my life list is filled with traveling goals. Therefore I decided to share this passion of mine with you and blog about my travel adventures, past and future ones, regularly and make it a feature. The new ‘wanderlust‘ feature. If you want to see my travel posts, you can now visit my wanderlust page in the header. You will see an interactive map, where everyone of my travel blog posts is marked, so you can look for example for special places, which interest you.

More than that you can find on this page some projects (photo and craft), which are perfect for traveling, like the travel journal to document your journey or a photo project to keep records of the real journey, not only the beautiful moments but the road you took: photo project – 25 km. Additionally I share some of my best travel photos on Instagram @momentstolivefor.

What would you like to know about a place? What interests you the most? Why do you love to travel? Tell me in the comments.

be adventurous & discover the world

 

 

wanderlust: buxtehude

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This weekend we took a short vacation with some old friends and their kids. We drove four hours straight to get from Berlin to Buxtehude, a little town West of Hamburg. I know many of the northern German cities, but didn’t expected to find such a pearl beneath them. Buxtehude is really a small city with just 40.000 inhabitants, but the inner city is filled with beautiful old or renovated frame houses with the most beautiful patterns between beams. Furthermore it’s known as ‘the Fairytale Capital’ with the tale ‘The Hare and the Hedgehog’ by the Brother Grimm set here. Everywhere you see statues and pictures of rabbits and hedgehogs.

Buxtehude is seated in the ‘Altes Land’ (old land), which is known for fruit agriculture. You can walk endless fields of cherry, pear and apple trees and buy cheap big bags of cherries, just picked from the trees. We ate cherries till our stomach hurt. They were perfekt and oh so sweet.

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

Wanderlust: Buxtehude, Germany | momentsotlivefor.com

This little duck followed us and got bits of cookies twice from us. And there were even more ducks, just waiting for tourists to feed them something. They even ate straight out of our hands. This was fun, for the children and even for us grown-ups.

find time to travel – it fuels the soul

 

easter at the coast – what a trip

Easter 2014 at the coast | pear tree blossoms | momentstolivefor.com

Like last year we spent the Easter weekend with my boyfriends family near Dangast. That’s at the coast of the North Sea. The road trip on Friday was horrible. Instead of four hours straight driving, we needed seven. Everyone seemed to be driving the same route as we did. Even on the secondary line we got into traffic jam. More than that bad weather was hunting us the whole time.

But when we finally made it to the coast, it was more than beautiful. The weather got better with every hour, we found the best restaurant in a long time and had a great time with his family. We went to the Easter fire some of the neighbors organized, drank cocktails with his brother and wife and made two bike trips. And even the road trip back, was much more relaxed. So in the end it was a wonderful family weekend with so much sun and fun.

Easter 2014 at the coast | wide road | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | bad weather is hunting us on our road trip | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | the coast near Dangast | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | windy and sandy visit at the beach | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | pink cherry blossoms | momentstolivefor.com
Easter 2014 at the coast | the pink barrow for our godchild | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | pear tree blossoms | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | our godchild found its new barrow | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | cat at the drive | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | Easter fire | momentstolivefor.com

Easter 2014 at the coast | neighbors gather for the Easter fire | momentstolivefor.com

We found the little barrow at a flea market, original yellow and red. Like my barrow, I used to have as a child. I had the best time then driving the neighbors cat in it around the garden. You can see “Mohrchen” here. So, when I saw the barrow on the flea market, I just knew I had to give it to one of our godchildren. We sanded the barrow down and painted it in the colors pink and cream, because they fit much more the little girl, who got it now. Still have to smile, when I see the photo.

hope you had a relaxed and wonderful weekend too