Ready, set, TRAVEL! 5 tips to prepare yourself.

When you think about travel…

It’s a dream. An exploration. A chance to connect with that person you would have never otherwise met. Travel is an opportunity to stretch comfort zones beyond boundaries you didn’t know were there and an invitation to peel back the many layers of self. It is a ubiquitous word, one that leaves us longing, if for pleasure, and grimacing if for business. Travel is international. Travel is domestic. Travel is a road trip or a cross-continental voyage above the clouds. And whether your schedule permits ample travel time or you have to sneak away as you labor “remotely”, we’ve got your back!

Here are our top 5 recommendations for the essential mindset for any type of traveler:

  1. 1. Expect the unexpected.

It’s the best part of any adventure or experience! That time you got lost in the back roads of Wyoming? Wasn’t it great? Didn’t you stumble upon that perfect place or have an extra half hour for a conversation that wouldn’t have otherwise transpired? The greatest spontaneity derives from the illusion of a clear plan. When things go “awry”, accept the chaos as a gift and an opportunity. 

  1. 2. Take care of you.

Group dynamics can make or break a travel experience. You know just what we mean. He was hungry. She needed a nap. They wanted to stay while you wanted to go. The best way to navigate tricky group dynamics is to take care of yourself first. Go for a morning run. Have your coffee. Maintain any rituals that are important to you at home while you’re on the road. When you take care of you, you won’t have to worry as much about taking care of others.

  1. 3. Unplug.

When we stay virtually connected with our past, its difficult to connect with what is right in front of us. That post you saw that reminded you of that time you didn’t want to remember…it can transport you away from the present moment. Breathe with the trees. Dance with the locals. Find beauty in the mundane exactly where you are.

  1. 4. Say “yes”.

While relaxation is needed, especially on a relaxing vacation, sometimes you just have to say “yes”. Whether an invitation to a local celebration, a unique ceremony at a nearby worship place or a chance to swim in a boiling river, you just never know when the opportunity may arise again. Take care of you, yes. But also remember that most adventures make a great story!

  1. 5. Listen.

It’s a skill that none of us will conquer in our lifetime, but an imperative one on the road. Listen to yourself if something just doesn’t feel right. Listen when the answers to some of life’s questions magically appear. Listen to whomever you’re traveling with. Take time to understand their story. Ask questions. Listen to your surroundings. Practice closing your eyes wherever you are and notice if there are sounds you hadn’t observed with your eyes open.

The world is happening around you. You are part of its makeup and its beauty. Notice it. Take advantage of it, if even for an afternoon in your own city. Traveling can be as easy as making the decision to see something or someone in an entirely new way.

Enjoy the journey and let us know how we can support you!


Falling for Good with La Casa Materna

This month, we celebrate!

If you know Away 2 Be, you know one of our principal tenants is the philosophy of accompaniment.  Introduced by the Jesuits and adopted by leaders such asPaul Farmer, the term “accompaniment” reminds us to “walk with” one another, to relinquish our preconceptions and even our established goals in order to collaborate and create together.

The Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman has been doing just that for 25 years.  In 25 years, the Casa Materna has welcomed over 17,600 women through their doors in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and last week, we were able to celebrate their achievements with the staff of the Casa and women of the campo!  I have worked with the Casa for nearly a decade and am still humbled each time I visit, not only by the warmth and generosity it provides, but also for their steadfast dedication to lessen maternal death in Nicaragua and empower women around the world.

In honor of this amazing organization and all they have accomplished, for the next 25 days, the Casa Materna will be hosting an online CrowdRisecelebration to raise $25,000!

Here’s how you can continue the celebration for the Casa Materna with Away 2 Be:
–“Like” the Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman on Facebook and invite friends and family too!
–Share our posts on your facebook page each day.
–Contribute to our CrowdRise event.
–Share our stories with those you know and love via any medium you choose.
Travel with Away 2 Be to visit La Casa Materna in Matagalpa!

May this fall bring you new beginnings, new perspective and recognition of good in the world.

Susan Lambert
Founder, Away 2 Be