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5 Simple Ways to Tap Into Your Inner Kid

Last updated October 23, 2021

Being a kid would be great again, wouldn’t it? Imagine living a stress-free life, laughing until it hurts, feeling the wind beneath your feet as you swing from the trees, watching ocean waves rush to the shore as they splash your body, cooling you down on a hot day.

Clearly, it’s time to chase those adventures and awaken your child-like energy again. Here are five ways to tap into your inner kid while on vacation. We’re also sharing where you can do it!

Try Something New

Channel your inner kid by rafting Pacuare River, Costa Rica

As children, we often looked at the world in awe—because everything was new to us. We were constantly taking in new information, observing new colors and trying new food.

From discovering a novel shade of blue to playing in the snow, trying something different brings out a child-like excitement, much like seeing the world for the first time. Studies also show that trying new things stimulates our brains, pushing us to think more creatively.

Costa Rica is a perfect country to channel your inner kid. Cascade down world-class rapids or take a surf lesson in the Caribbean waters on a rafting, surfing and kayaking excursion.

Ideal for solo travelers or small groups, explore the rich urban center of capital San Jose and get to know the Costa Rican way of life. Keep an open mind and stimulate your brain to an exhilarating experience.

Look Up At The Sky

Unleash your inner kids watching sunset view of Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park

When was the last time you looked away from the computer or phone for more than an hour? When was the last time you looked up at the cotton candy sunset clouds and the budding trees in your neighborhood?

As children, we often looked up at the sky and wondered about the possibilities for exploration and adventure. Unleash your inner kid and possibilities for imagination by immersing yourself in awe-inspiring landscape and crisp morning mountain air.

Witness the magic of nature’s most beautiful wonders at Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Experience picturesque sunsets as you trek through southern Utah with a group of like-minded travelers. Then refresh the mind with rejuvenating yoga sessions and workshops on a yoga wellness retreat, focused on grounding with nature.

Journal About Your Adventures

Journaling is proven to help increase gratitude and awareness. Through journaling, we can revisit our past experiences and explore how they intertwine with our present. As children, we reflected on our experiences through art, dance and stories.

Journaling is reflecting on an experience in a way that is meaningful to you. Bring out your inner kid and maximize your next trip by using words.

Introspection is one of life’s greatest gifts. Take a journey back in time to discover the footsteps of Odysseus and Penelope. Travel around with researcher, teacher and storyteller Phil Cousineau, and discover the past associated with Greece. Experience long conversations and group discussions as you voyage through the history of civilizations.

Reconnect With Friends

Girlfriends for life

We were made for connection. As children, we would visit a friend’s house or attend a school trip and come home eager to tell our families about our latest adventure. Reflect on those people in our lives that make us laugh the loudest, sing like no one is watching and bring out the happiest version of ourselves. Who are they: our best friends.

This is your sign to escape on a spa getaway with your besties. Be a kid again and pretend like you are queen of the castle with your own private spa suite just for you and your girls.

Enjoy The Present Moment

When we were little, we didn’t have cameras or videos up on our faces all the time. We lived in the present moment, not worrying about how something would look on Instagram or social media. No stress about work drama or weekly deadlines.

Take a moment to focus on yourself. Feel the five senses on your next travel adventure. Sit and laugh, stare into the distance, feel the rush of the wind in your hair and live life to the full.

Whether you’re taking a guided surf retreat in Mexico or stealing a romantic getaway with your loved one, take a moment to look around, smile and embrace the here and now.

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