A Blissful Evening Routine for When You Travel

Last updated November 1, 2023

Every good day starts with a good night—or rather, a good evening routine.

There is nothing more enjoyable than bringing closure to a day of travel adventures. It’s a time to revel in the beauty and celebrate, just one more time. To sneak in a few more minutes of wonder, calm and connection before the day ends. 

When the day slips into night, it provides the perfect time to relax as you contemplate and reflect on your adventure. Establishing an evening routine is a valuable wellness practice for the mind and body.

Power Down With an Evening Routine

An evening routine, as does a morning routine, comes in all shapes and sizes. Wrapping up the day with an evening routine is a welcome opportunity to nourish the mind, body and soul. An intentional way, if you will, to end the day with a few activities that soothe us into a state of relaxation.  

Fine-tuning this practice can help you to celebrate the good, prepare for a peaceful night’s sleep, and have the energy you want and need to meet the next day’s adventures.

The key to a soothing evening routine for travel is to incorporate meaningful moments that you value, as you take advantage of the resources at your destination.

One of the unique things about traveling is that it takes us out of our daily routines and delivers us somewhere new. Which presents us with new ways to experience the world. That means that finding a routine that resonates with you can be about bringing parts of your home routine and marrying in the new elements available at your destination. 

Everyone is different. And what works for one person may not work for another. In addition, your evening routine will also depend on your destination, accommodation and current health needs. 

Since the amount of time and resources will vary from trip to trip, the specifics of how you structure it can be fluid with each new adventure.

The Ultimate Night Routine

Let’s explore how to craft an evening routine for travel—one just perfect for your next wellness adventure.

These five engaging ideas will help bring closure to the end of the day while allowing you the opportunity to be more present, tap into your senses, and connect with yourself and the world around you. 

1. Unplug

In our hyper-connected world, giving ourselves time to disconnect from devices is critical to well-being. Leaning into hands-on activities that nourish us are a perfect fit for a relaxing evening routine.

By now, most of us are aware that the light emitted from technology affects the brain, stimulating the mind and making it harder to fall asleep. This makes the magical time when the world moves to dark ideal for tech-free activities. It allows you the space to check in with yourself and engage with other relaxing leisure activities.

2. Reflect on Your Day

Taking the time to notice, reflect and contemplate allows us to revel in and learn from our wonderful travel adventures. It is a personal process that cultivates self-awareness, and the most appealing aspect of reflection is that there are a variety of ways that you can personalize it to best suit your style.

Writing in a journal is the most formal way to reflect on your thoughts, experiences and emotions. Journaling merges your inner and outer worlds, helping you make take in the good and identify the meaningful parts of your day.

Thinking it through is another way to reflect on your day and identify the highlights and/or interesting parts of your day. This is a convenient method if you don’t have a journal on hand.

Alternatively, you can talk out the highlights of your day with a traveling companion. Simple things like sharing your favorite moments or compiling a gratitude list allow you to celebrate together and bond over your shared experiences. 

3. Clear Your Head

Travel days are rich with curiosities, experiences, and engaging activities. And even, the occasional stress! Therefore, giving your brain some space to transition to its nighttime duties will bring much-needed calm to your mind and body.

There are many ways to turn down the chatter of racing thoughts. It could be something as simple as taking a warm shower or bath. Or a more targeted practice like breathing exercises, guided visualizations or meditation.

Whatever calls to you, taking the time to mindfully quiet your mind will lead to a more restful night’s sleep.

4. Tap Into Nature

The sights, sounds and smells of nature are enough to lull anyone into a state of serenity. Birds singing, waves crashing and the whistling of the wind can help you unwind and relax. So, open the windows or venture outside and experience the awe of Mother Nature

Travel is an ideal time to take advantage of the unique opportunities of your destination. Some things like pristine views, spectacular sunsets or quiet locales give us gifts that we should not miss.

5. Pack a Sleep Kit

Finally, be sure to pack a sleep kit. As we all know, a few essential items can make a world of difference in the quality of our sleep. Packing a few small items can increase your comfort level in new surroundings and help lull you into a more relaxed state of being.

Travel mainstays like earplugs and eye masks can block out the small yet bothersome distractions that keep us awake. While pillows, a pair of warm socks or essential oils can all add a layer of comfort that aids in our relaxation.

In addition, having a go-to app can provide you with soothing music or custom sleep tracks. These can be a lifeline on planes and trains, and in unfamiliar accommodations.

Make Over Your Evenings

In a world of busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, the slower pace of evening time on the road is a particular gift. Travel can be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling experience, and making time to collect the memories and tuck them into your memory bank is the perfect way to end the day on a positive note. 

No matter how you build a routine that is exactly right for you, it is sure to pay dividends to your well-being and make your adventures richer.

Wishing you blissful evening routine, no matter where you roam!

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