I’m so excited to be travelling to southeastern Europe this week. People keep asking me where I’m going, and I still have no idea! Even though I’ve embraced planning more recently (see my post ‘How To Be An Organised Free Spirit‘), I’m going back to my old adventurous ways on this trip!
I’m sure I’ll check off some famous tourist sites, such as Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, and Kotor Bay, Montenegro, but what I’m most looking forward to are those precious moments alone in hidden places.
You don’t have to venture far off the beaten track to find them, you just need an explorer’s attitude! If you give yourself time to get lost, you can appreciate your surroundings even if you aren’t where you intended to be.
I remember being amazed at the dramatic scenery of Cappadocia, Turkey, along with many other tourists. The hot air balloon ride was out of this world, and the fairy chimney rock formations were incredible. However, the best part was getting lost in this arid landscape. I vividly remember quiet moments alone, away from the main sights, scrambling up sandy slopes, through bushes, with thorns in my shoes!
You don’t have to travel far to discover secret treasures though. I’m still finding new hidden spots within walking distance of home, and often have to remind myself of where I am, as I feel like I could be hundreds of miles away.
That’s the beauty of going somewhere new, even if it’s just a quiet park you’ve never been to before. For a moment you feel as though you have been transported to another world.
Explore a hidden place, near or far, or just somewhere quiet that you’ve never been before. As you take in your surroundings, contemplate how many hidden places there must be in the world. Even if you spent your whole life trying, you couldn’t begin to see them all.
As you explore this new place, let it be a reminder of the endless adventures that are possible. Adventure doesn’t need to be about location, it is a feeling that comes from within (see my post ‘The Benefit Of An Adventurous Mindset‘). If you keep your eyes and mind open there are opportunities everywhere to make new discoveries.
Notice the tingles of excitement you get when discovering a new corner of this beautiful planet. Your senses become heightened as you experience this place for the first time. Spend as long as you wish soaking in this feeling. Try to capture it in a few words or photos, so that you can return to it later.
There are so many amazing miracles happening all around us. Let this experience of exploring a hidden place be a reminder to stay tuned in to the spirit of discovery, so that we can witness more of this magic every day.
Exploring hidden places is such a great way to find a bit of peace and reset our busy minds. Is it something you already do regularly, or something you want to do more of? Let me know in the comments below 🙂