You Only Live Once

June 06, 2016 at 11:05 AM

"We travel not to escape life, but so life doesn't escape us" (Anonymous)

What a fabulous quote and reminder to all of us of the benefits of having a change of scenery and exploring somewhere or something new. As the chilling tentacles of winter start to take hold this month, many of you will start planning, longing or looking forward to a tropical retreat. Nothing says relaxation more than sunshine, sand and a light sea-breeze however for many of us this reality won't eventuate until next Summer. So what can you do here and now to experience that 'Sea Change'?

Doctor Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University in New York, has linked lasting contentment to travel, outdoor activities, new skills and visiting exhibitions. So if you can't get away overseas to enjoy the warmer climes or spend a few days up the mountain, how about taking in a show, exhibition or museum? And now that we have less inclination to spend our time outdoors how about that new skill you wanted to learn, or those indoor projects you have been meaning to tackle? Nothing boosts your self-esteem more than acquiring a new skill or overcoming a challenge that in the past has proved too daunting. Learn to Grow and Grow to Learn. By all means slow down and take stock this winter but don't hibernate. Challenge yourself to go somewhere, or try something new and you'll feel all the better for it!

If you need a starting point take at look at Lonely Planets latest publication " You Only Live Once". As you might expect it talks about bucket-list experiences, but these are not necessarily big ticket items and travel to exotic places. Instead hopefully you'll take away something more from this book: a resolve to live life to the fullest. Whether you've got a free hour, day, week or a year, this book will help you reignite long-forgotten desires - to learn an instrument or a language - or spark new and unexpected ambitions: why shouldn't you move to Provence for a year? When you know what's stopping you, you can start working on a solution. (Click here to take a look at the book preview)