I love to travel. In my life I’ve been very fortunate to have done a great deal of exploring all over the world. From Europe to the Amazon and the Great Pyramids of Egypt, I have been blessed with amazing travel experiences.
I enjoy the excitement of being in new places but I know that sometimes travel can test the best of me when it comes to feeling comfortable far away from home. Since feng shui is all about optimizing our surroundings for comfort and safety, I’m including some of my best feng shui travel tips with the hope that you may discover some ideas that will make your next trip more relaxing and enjoyable. You’ll find that most of these suggestions are common sense, and that’s exactly what feng shui is based on, good common sense!
1. Upgrade when and if Possible
I’ve consulted for some of the top hotel, airline, and automotive companies in the world. One thing they have in common is that these industries all know that when possible, people will pay more for added comfort. In other words, people will pay more for better feng shui. Luxurious fabrics, beautiful interiors, more room, and thoughtful amenities make a travel experience more than just a “trip”. If you’ve ever stayed in a nice hotel, flown first class, or driven a luxury automobile you know what I mean. While for some the added pampering is an unnecessary frivolous expense, for others it really can make a vacation an unforgettable experience.
If your travel budget doesn’t have room for the added expense of a luxury vacation, look into credit cards that have mileage programs, hotels where you can earn “points” towards future stays, and comb the web for sites that offer upgrade tips. In fact, I’ve been upgraded for free many times just by being polite and asking for an upgrade when I check in at a hotel or for a flight. You’d be surprised how far a positive attitude and kind words can take you.
What is the feng shui difference with added luxury? Most often it means a greater level of comfort, which in turn makes us feel more relaxed, less-stressed, and more rested. By reducing stress levels (physical and emotional) your immune system stays strong and you are more apt to stay healthy and happy on your vacation. Furthermore, for some people, the extra pampering is a rare treat from the grind of day-to-day living in everyday life. This may mean the difference between simply going somewhere and really getting away from it all.
2. Bring Along Essential Oils
Feng Shui is the study of the environment and how it affects people. The five senses are how we receive information from our surroundings. Our sense of smell is one of the most primitive and fundamental ways we perceive our environment. Essential oils can not only change the ambiance in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin, therapeutic-grade oils kill germs, bacteria, and viruses, things that can ruin a trip in no time.
Years ago a holistic health practitioner told me that one of the reasons people often get sick on airplanes is because the air inside the plane is very dry and the membranes inside our noses get small cracks as a result. The small cracks allow airborne germs being recycled in the plane’s ventilation system to penetrate into our bodies, making us more vulnerable to illness. The doctor told me that in order to prevent this, I should take a a mild essential oils (like lavender for example), put a couple of drops on a Q Tip, and swab the inside of my nostrils before flying. The oil helps keep the membrane moist, thus preventing cracks, and the therapeutic-grade properties of the oils kill germs on contact. Lavender is a great choice for this as it is non-irritating to nasal passages and is also quite calming. I haven’t gotten sick on a trip since I started doing this many years ago.
Another great use for therapeutic-grade essential oils is that they can be great for masking unwanted smells in a hotel room or cruise ship cabin. I actually bring my essential oil diffuser on trips with me, and I can’t begin to tell you how soothing it is to have their calming and healing fragrance in the room. Scents like peppermint, lemon and orange will provide a fresh, clean smell, while lavender will promote relaxation. I keep a bottle of peppermint oil with me at all times when I travel in order to add a drop to water for better flavor, to freshen my mouth during a long flight, to help with mental clarity when I’m over-tired, and to hold under my nose when confronted with unpleasant odors.
There are countless reasons to take essential oils along with you on a trip. Make sure that the ones you choose are therapeutic-grade (like the Young Living Oils I share in my newsletters or on my web sites) in order to get the highest-quality oil possible. For directions on how to order these oils, click here.
3. Know Before you Go
Good feng shui means having a sense of comfort and safety. In fact, without a feeling of safety, we can’t fully relax and be comfortable, therefore, it in order to experience greater comfort on your trip (and better feng shui), it is very important to do your due diligence before you leave home.
First of all, be honest with yourself. What are things that you are particular about in your daily life that are just as important to you when you travel? My biggest concern is cleanliness. I’ve stayed in five-star hotels and have found hairs on the bathroom floor, and in three-star places that were immaculate. Before I stay ANYWHERE, I go on tripadvisor.com and type in the city where I’ll be staying and read the reviews that other travelers have left about where they stayed.
There is nothing like first-hand experiences to let you know what you’re getting yourself into. The reviews help me know what to expect. Is the hotel clean, well-maintained and in a safe location? Does it have the amenities I’m looking for, and is there anything I need to be aware of before I get there? I also always write a review after I’ve stayed in a place to pay it forward for fellow travelers.
Knowing before you go also includes getting familiar with maps, surrounding areas, even the airport where you’ll be arriving. The more you know about what to expect before you get there, the less stress and disappointment you will experience once you arrive. The Internet is a boundless resources for maps, area highlights, safety, recommendations, photographs, reviews, tips, even discounts, deals, and more.
4. Ask for what you Want
Feng Shui addresses the ways our surroundings make us feel emotionally, physically, and mentally. If there is something in our environment that upsetting or uncomfortable, we need to do what we can to remedy the situation. Too often people don’t speak up when they are uncomfortable or something doesn’t meet with their standards or expectations while travelling. They resign themselves to the situation by saying, “Oh well, it’s only for a day or two” and they end up with an experience that is less than what they hoped for. If you find that you’ve been given a hotel room that doesn’t meet your standards, kindly and politely ask to be moved to another room. Often the hotel will gladly accommodate your request if they have another room available. The old saying, “If you don’t ask, the answer is no” applies here. It’s your vacation and your money, and it’s up to you to make it as positive an experience as possible.
5. Clear the Space of Other People’s Energy
I often bring my space clearing energy chimes on vacation with me; especially if I am going to be staying in one place for a few days. The space clearing energy chimes rid the environment of the energy of people who have stayed there before, making the space feel fresher and more positive. The chimes don’t take up much room in the suitcase, and can really make a difference in how you feel while you’re in your hotel room, ship cabin, or condo. If you don’t already have a set of energy chimes, you can order them on my web site by clicking here.
Remember that the feng shui of your environment is affecting you at all times in all places. Whether you’re waiting on a hard plastic seat in an airline terminal, or sitting in first class on a flight to London, your surroundings are influencing the way you are feeling mentally, physically, and emotionally every moment of every day. The variables we experience while traveling can either add to the excitement and pleasure of our trip, or to it’s disappointment and detriment. Therefore, when possible, be conscious of your surroundings and do what you can to improve the feng shui of your vacation. It can make the difference between having a good trip or a great one.
c. 2013 Cathleen McCandless, all rights reserved.