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How to Manifest Your Travel Dreams!

A woman asked me how is it that I came to travel to so many places.  She wanted to meet, talk and explore her dream of seeing something other than the U.S.  After a brief conversation I realized she wanted ‘the secret’, but the answer to manifesting what we want is not hidden from us.  Sometimes we need another person to help us identify it or we may need an event or life experience to trigger clarity.  In my experience, it has been helpful to have someone who can bring objectivity and strategic thinking to my vision.   Then I can move closer to my goal with a plan in hand.  Initially, her questions seemed somewhat elementary to me, but as I silenced my mind and began to actually listen, I could hear what she was really asking me.  I am currently working on two specific aspects of manifestation and I am so focused on them that I often forget the other 10 areas of manifesting that I’ve already mastered.  She helped me tune into some really simple ways that I could contribute to her and it didn’t even take much effort.  Instead of adding another meeting to my calendar, we sat for 30 minutes right where we were and she got what she needed.  I walked away feeling richer and smarter, embracing a new way to see myself.  It’s always great when others serve as positive reflections and reminders of what we have, who we are and where we are on our journeys.  Here are a few of the tips we came up with:

1) Get a passport or if you already have one make sure it’s valid for travel.  Send the universe a message–that you are serious about traveling.

2)Choose a few ideal locations.  Learn about them as much as you can, learn about the food, the music, the history and the culture.  Figure out the weather and the best time you would like to go.

3)Consider all of your talents and areas of expertise. You can connect to work opportunities that may serve as a barter for accommodations, food, entertainment, and local tour guides.  You might teach English and exchange it for classes or meals, perform your creative talents in exchange for housing, or be involved with some sort of service oriented projects.

4)As Erykah Badu sings, “Pack light.” Focus on the experience not on the stuff.  Leave your closet at home.  Plus, you want to leave room for any keepsakes in your bag.

5)Surrender, surrender, surrender.  All kinds of cool things happen when you stay out of your own way.  Meditate on your own good and without being naive believe in the good of others.  I’ve had wonderful experiences that didn’t require any extra money.  The only cost was me letting go of my judgments and fears. I have a poem where one of the lines says “I love humanity, but people I cannot stand”.  It was written during a more cynical phase of my life. Nowadays, I center myself with the idea that joy is a possibility in almost every situation and in every place on earth.  A closed heart isn’t one that’s open to gifts so open up and watch what happens!

There was more said, but I didn’t take notes.  We talked about setting a goal date for the trip and working backwards from the date. That’s it for now. The world is waiting to meet you! Bon Voyage!

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*The picture was taken on a South African Airways flight.  Photographing sunsets is one of my favorite travel activities…


TRAVEL JOURNAL: Oman Trip Entry #1

TRAVEL JOURNAL:  Oman Trip 26 Nov 2011 Riyad, Saudia Arabia; 1 Dec 2011 Muscat, Oman

There are those moments of tension and anxiety that arise even when one has a love affair with travel.  It often happens while packing, one of my least favorite things to do.  Sometimes it happens the night before when I realize I cannot sleep in on a day that everyone else is off and moving without purpose or it may feel a bit uphill when I am doing laundry because I absolutely have to before I can finish packing.  I have a moment of resentment and then I question myself.  However, each time I think that there is no thrill left in this for me, each time I tell myself I want to just stay home, I later find myself having that up-in-the-air moment.  It’s my mountaintop moment. You know, the place in the movies where people go to clear their heads? Some people have a hilltop, a rooftop or a picturesque spot near a lake, but mine is in the sky, above the clouds.  Maybe it’s the altitude or the symbolism of an airplane with wings literally flying into the air, but it provides me with a grounded-ness that has no logic because my feet couldn’t be further from the ground.

Sometimes I wonder why this has been such a huge part of my life—traveling.  I wonder if there was a moment in my childhood where Little Toni claimed that traveling around the world was one of her dreams.  I can only remember a few locations I dreampt of as a young child.  Maybe because this was all I knew, but I wanted to live in New York and London, and I wanted to go to Paris and Africa.  This was shortly before I learned AfricaIsNotACountry.com. I started visualizing my Africa destinations in high school.  Funny enough, I’ve been to several countries on the continent, but have yet to go to the places I dreampt about as a teen, except for Ghana.  I saw myself in Morocco, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Madagascar.  Mali has also been calling my name for years, but haven’t visited there yet either.  My next face-to-face conversation with Mother Africa will be with Kenya.

There was an opportunity to travel to the mountains today, but I chose to sleep in and wake up to the sound of the ocean.  I had a late lunch and a long walk on the beach.  I watched an episode of Law & Order (yes, Law & Order) and then took a nap.  I’m now at my computer—tweeting, Facebooking, chatting on gmail with a friend who is in Haiti right now.  I’m looking forward to going home because there is no place like home.  I no longer accept every invite that comes or take every trip that is presented.  I’ve been there, done that, but when it’s a meaningful opportunity that may create a new possibility—-um, I am likely to take advantage of it. Life is good.  I passed on a number of jobs over the past two years because I don’t like feeling like a nomad.  I needed to ground myself and get centered.  I also needed to make sure that I was fulfilling my own purpose and not serving someone else’s agenda.  It’s a powerful space to occupy.  This trip to Oman will be a catalyst for many things in 2012.  The long flight was totally worth it.  As I head to the airport tonight I’ll be planning my daydreams and the poems I’ve yet to write.  This moment I’ll savor once we are in the air.  When I was young I always knew I would take flight, but now I feel like I am ready to fly.