Traveling alter – feeling at home wherever you go

traveling alter

It’s the summer holidays and we’re on the move traveling around Europe visiting family and friends.  It’s a beautiful and magical time topping up our pot of memories and at the same time a challenge to stay centered and clear headed.  In order to help support me during these times on the move, I use a traveling alter.

My traveling alter varies each time I travel and usually consists of something simple to support me while I meditate in order to establish a sense of grounding in my new surrounding.  When I went backpacking in Australia 10 years ago after I had finished university, I discovered the benefits that a traveling alter offered to help me create a space of home where ever I went.

The picture above shows what my traveling alter consists of this time, however it is usually has at least one of the following key items:

  • My journal
  • Tea light candles & matches (cook’s matches are my preference for matches – I love the smell that the match leaves after it’s been blown out)
  • Mala beads
  • Oracle Cards
  • Crystals
  • Sage stick
  • Essential oils (lavender is my favourite)

I like to take at least 15-30 minutes at the start of each day to reflect on all of the feelings that I want to experience that day.  It usually starts with me lighting a candle setting an intention and then burning some sage to clear the space around me.  Burning sage isn’t always possible because obviously I have to be respectful of where I’m traveling, so that’s where my lavender essential oil comes in handy.  I like to journal, do some yoga stretches and end with a meditation.

Being on the move doesn’t always allow this time, so some mornings it’s a simple 5 minutes reflecting on an oracle card or taking some conscious breaths to find that space of grounding.

room spray

When I’m at home I usually have an oil burner on the go with a delicious blend of essential oils that help create the mood I want to create.  Traveling with a porcelain oil burner isn’t practical so I was delighted when I went into Neal’s Yard Remedies on this trip and found this delicious smelling Organic Aromatherapy Room Spray.  They have a range of blends available and ‘Balancing’ ticked all of the boxes for me. I have given each bedroom that we have stayed in a few squirts of this.  It’s a small thing, but it’s made such a huge difference.

Do you have something that you travel with that helps create your sacred space?  Share it with us in the comments section below.

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