Harajuku is colourful and crazy. It’s Takeshita-dori and its side streets is the epitome of Japanese teenage culture and lined with trendy shops and restaurants just waiting to be discovered. Omotesando caters for more adult clientele with luxury brand shops sitting along the broad tree-lined street. I did a (shopping) walk from Harajuku to Omotesando to Shibuya and this was one of my favourite excursions in Tokyo. There are so many side streets and small boutique shops to discover.
Have you ever been in a place or situation where there is just too much to take in? It feels as if every pore in your body is over saturated with stimuli. It’s just too much and you can feel your brain cutting out. The worst that has happened to me is when I think back to some great over-stimulating experience and find myself not remembering anything of it. The thought of it is shocking, but it happens. All the time.
This is where mindfulness comes in. I’ve always practiced some form of meditation throughout the years to help lessen anxiety and everyday stress. Truthfully, I haven’t been consistent in any of these practices. I usually end up disappointed in myself and looking for quick fixes. I found that practicing mindfulness and incorporating it into my daily life, I am calmer, more focused and experience things clearer. Mindfulness is described by a Perspectives on Psychological Science study as “the non-judgmental awareness of experiences in the present moment.”
So you’ve decided it’s finally time to visit that exotic destination you’ve always dreamed of. You’ve managed to save up enough money to buy your plane ticket, you know where you want to go and the places you want to see…but here’s the catch: you’ve decided to do this journey alone, all by yourself, just me-me-me. For whatever reason you’ve decided to go traveling alone, it will probably be the best investment you’ll ever make for your future. So when all the excitement of your decision wears off, it can be replaced by a feeling of fear. It’s okay to be scared, don’t worry, it’s completely normal. I’ve complied five of my best practical tips to help take scariness out of your solo trip planning!