4 Ways to Practice Self-Love No Matter Where You Are

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4 ways to practice self-love no matter where you are

4 Ways to Practice Self-Love No Matter Where You Are    

The importance of taking care of yourself shouldn’t change during your travels. Whether you’re taking trains, planes, or buses between cities, even if you’re backpacking on foot, you should not forget to maintain self-care practices! It may not be as easy when you’re living out of one bag and being forced to be low-maintenance as a traveler, since the leisures of your life at home aren’t always available abroad. Here are 4 ways to practice self-love no matter where you are.

1. Bring a Self-Care Book On Your Travels

There are going to lots of times during your travels where you have a gaping amount of free time. Sitting on a train for five hours, a flight, even a bus ride to the next city. Why not keep a Self-Care book in your bag? Reading is a great way to pass the time while also boosting your self-esteem by reminding you how worthy and awesome you are. A personal favorite book of mine is “Madly in Love with Me,” by Christine Arylo. Another fantastic author is this lady named SARK who writes books ranging from love to loss to friendship to self-empowerment!

2. Glam Up Even as an Exhausted Traveler

Traveling for a long period of time can be really exhausting. Back in 2015, I traveled through 8 countries in a two-month span, with only one suitcase. I was wearing and re-wearing the same clothes without access to laundry for weeks at a time. My hair was greasy and up in a bun most of the time because the hostel life didn’t allow for a leisurely getting-ready process.

Nonetheless, every once in a while I would do full hair and makeup, even if I was just going to sit in the common room of the hostel. It feels really good to glam up! It’s a form of self-love because you’re taking time to pamper yourself like the queen that you are. Taking selfies is also another way to remind you of your self-worth!

3. Prioritize Yourself No Matter Where You Are

Being an avid traveler often means compromising your personal wants and needs. Maybe you’re used to getting a mani/pedi at home, going to the jacuzzi in your apartment complex, or having a girl-time with friends. On the road, if you’re staying in hostels, chances are you’re not going to have the time nor availability to do those self-care practices. You could be sleeping in a 12-bed mixed dorm with a bunch of smelly guys who come in from partying at 4am while you’re trying to get your beauty sleep. You might be living off old croissants and cereal instead of your usual omelette and Starbucks at home. Your eyebrows could have formed a unibrow since you haven’t had the chance to get ‘em waxed or plucked. But remember, if something is important to you, don’t give it up!

During my extensive trip I found places to get my nails, hair, and eyebrows done. Every once in a while I bought myself a new t-shirt or dress. I also took myself out to eat, solo-style. I had a very tight budget, don’t get me wrong, I was a student! But if I didn’t do things for myself frequently enough I started to feel bad about myself. I felt unclean and ugly. Taking care of yourself shouldn’t be marginalized even during the excitement of traveling!

 This was a leisurely day in Seville where I did my brows and a hair mask just to feel fabulous.

This was a leisurely day in Seville where I did my brows and a hair mask just to feel fabulous.

4. Spend Time With People Who Benefit Your Well-Being

Whether you’re a solo traveler or traveling in a group, the old adage that you are who you hang out with still rings true. If your friends are hard-core partiers who only want to travel to engage in the party-scene, and that isn’t your thing, stay in the hostel and meet more people! You can meet other women who want to go for a night walk or out for a classy meal as opposed to bar-hopping every single night. If you’re staying in a female dorm you can buy face masks and nail polish and just hang inside for a night!

Some of my best memories from traveling are how much fun I had hanging out with people I met in hostels. Card games, Heads Up, Cards Against Humanity, Would You Rather, Never Have I Ever; the list of games to play with hostel friends goes on! You will feel good socializing with new friends who share common interests with you and who admire your personality.

Self-Love No Matter Where You Go

However you manage to include self-love in your traveler’s itinerary, whether it’s reading self-care books, pampering yourself, glamming up, or hanging out with new friends who care about you as a person, the importance of self-care practices should always be prioritized. If all you manage to do is meditate, sleep in sometimes, or write your thoughts in a journal, it all contributes to the strength of your self-worth. Try out some of these 4 ways to practice self-love no matter where you are, see how they help you!

When I moved to France in 2015 to live there for a year, I hardly had any self-worth at all. My self-esteem issues had debilitated me since I was a kid. Through the course of traveling to 19 countries and immersing myself in the world, I realized how special and worthy I am as a person. That is how I learned the importance of never forgetting to practice self-care. You deserve to treat yourself and live your best life, and that shouldn’t change while you’re out exploring the world!

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 Writer of this article is Heather, 24, co-founder of the Female Travel Collective.  She used to live in California, NYC, and Hawaii, and is currently traveling. Follow her along on her  Instagram !

Writer of this article is Heather, 24, co-founder of the Female Travel Collective.  She used to live in California, NYC, and Hawaii, and is currently traveling. Follow her along on her Instagram!

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