Traveling in Europe: Learn, Live and Love Fully
Traveling in Europe is an exhilarating experience because the European continent is full of energy – it is best characterized by rich history and culture.
Learn to cook in the European way.
Currently, the chicest cooking method is the sugar-free way: Even cookies don’t have sugar in some European countries. This is a recipe for Avocado Double-Choc Cookies that I learned while I was traveling in Europe:
5 ingredients (makes 10):
- 1 organic egg
- ¾ cup mashed ripe avocado (1 small avocado)
- ½ cup raw cacao powder
- ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 50g dark chocolate (70-85% cacao) chopped into chunks
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (170 degrees fan-forced) and line a baking tray with biodegradable baking paper.
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Using two spoons, place 1 tablespoon blobs of mixture on the prepared tray. Bake for 9 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool totally.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.
Pro tip: You may add some sweet spices such as ginger, cloves and ground cinnamon for variation.
Apart from that, I also learned that the Mediterranean diet is the best diet when it comes to eating for optimal cell health. According to Elizabeth Blackburn and Elissa Epel, insulin resistance, inflammation and oxidative stress are the enemies of health. To fight these enemies, we should follow what’s been called a ‘prudent’ pattern of eating: eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds, along with low-fact, high-quality sources of protein. This is the Mediterranean diet that has been recommended in The Telomere Effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer.
Living in Europe = Staying in an energy of joy
It turns out that the closer you are to the emotion of joy, the more easily you attract what you want. The emotions you feel become the energy you emit. You must protect your energy because it’s your point of attraction. The good news is traveling in Europe gives you good energy.
I have a friend who moved to Europe from America. He decided to leave the United States when he was 29 years old after a divorce. He told me that moving countries is a great way to change his vibration energy because the new environment leads to energy shift in a tremendous way.
As he lifts himself out of a low-vibration state and move up the emotional scale, his point of attraction shifts with every step: from stress to joy, from joy to empowerment. When he leans toward joy in any situation, he actually changes the vibrational frequency of what’s happening around him.
Our resistance to joy blocks us from attracting whatever it is we want. When we embody an energy of joy and appreciation, we release resistance. That’s why traveling in Europe is therapeutic – the more fun you have, the closer you get to attracting what you desire. Sometimes you have to stop focusing so hard on your desires so as to attract them into your life. It’s not that you ever lose the desire. The desire is always with you. It’s just that focusing on its absence actually deflects it, whilst having fun brings you closer to receiving your desire. Taking the focus off your desire and redirecting your energy toward joy and freedom shifts you to a more positive point of attraction.
When you are in Europe, fun can come from the simplest acts. Going to elegant restaurants, attending concerts, and a walk in the nature are all great activities to do in Europe. If an activity brings you a sense of contentment, warmth, excitement, satisfaction or happiness, it’s fun! When you lean into a joyful and fun experience, you move yourself up the emotional scale.
Some people travel the world when they need a break from work. Indeed, in our culture, even if we do achieve a goal, we immediately zero in on the next goal to accomplish. Living from achievement to achievement is a highly addictive pattern which holds us back from completely enjoying the richness of life. Hence, it’s very important to have fun along the way to what you desire – it’s okay to have a break and travel for several weeks. In fact, a power couple that I know took a year off and spent their 1-year honeymoon in Europe. They told me that assuming an energy of appreciation and joy is the fastest way to achieve success. As a matter of fact, the more fun they have, the more they speed up the manifesting process, because having fun along the way shifts their energy to certainty. When happiness becomes your default, you become certain that things will work out. In this way, you will also learn to depend on your own capacity to access joy and appreciation instead of needing it from an outside source.
No amount of money, credential, achievement, or romance can give you the sense of certainty your own joy can offer. When you are ready to travel the world and expand your outlook, the Universe supports you, as you can practice having fun along the way from now on.
Having a mini-retirement in Europe.
In Tim Ferriss’ book The Four-Hour Work Week, he talks about the importance of having a mini-retirement regularly. During his mini-retirement, he spends several weeks in a foreign country just for fun. And that’s how he rejuvenates himself, thereby having more energy for work.
Remember to design your holiday around the type of experience you and your loved ones would like to have, with the intent of being disconnected. The combination of enjoying life while away will help keep your mind off of the work or business, and the inability to connect will protect you from giving in to the temptation to check your emails and ruin your vacation. Here’s my advice:
- Physically disconnect from your office.
- Virtually disconnect from the office as well. There is an effective way to do this, even if there is Wi-Fi where you live in Europe.
- If you are a business owner with employees, let your business run for the entire time without you connecting. You can go to Europe and enjoy yourself. Your business needs you to do this so that it can grow (your employees are supposed to help you automate your business – that’s why they are hired). You need to do this so that you can grow.
While planning your vacation, you can start by picking a date which is 18 to 24 months from today if it’s a longer vacation (e.g. 1-month vacation). When you plan your vacation more than a year out, you will have a chance to plan well.
Once you commit to your holiday, you will likely notice an immediate shift in your mind. You will notice your focus will not be on the short term such as “How do I get through today?” Instead, your focus will become “How can I make this happen without me?” “What needs to be done so that this part of my business can run without dependency on me?”
“Have a fantastic holiday in Europe by design, not by default.”