TTC's 11 Guiding Principles
Approach your journey as a means to a greater end, instead of an end unto itself. Being open to change and using your journey to grow, learn, and create positive change creates a far more meaningful experience than one designed around merely enjoying the moment.
Disconnect to Reconnect
As you begin your journey let go of all the external constructs of self. Often our identity becomes wrapped in the demands of our daily life but travel gives us an opportunity to shake that off and expand out into the world. Leave behind anything you do not truly need, travel light, and be open to rediscovering what is important. Reconnect to your core self in the freedom of travel.
Seek out opportunities to be challenged physically, culturally, emotionally, spiritually, socially, and mentally while also accepting with grace the unplanned challenges travel offers. View challenges as opportunities for growth and chances to move beyond the crowd.
Reflect & Revisit
Reflect on your journey, its experiences, and your thoughts, insights, and inspirations. Collect and document your thoughts, feelings, and perceptions. Create a plan to revisit them, and reconnect with your journey in the coming weeks and months.
Have Purpose and Set Intentions
Start by considering the purpose of this journey. What calls you to this adventure? What would you like to accomplish? Why? Prepare by considering what actions and choices will allow you to pursue that purpose. Set intentions for how you want to approach, engage, and react to the wide variety of experiences and situations you will find along the way.
Travel with Your Lights On
While you seek to learn, grow, and change YOUR life, aim to positively impact the many people, places, and environments you encounter along the way: Through meaningful cultural interactions, sharing perspectives with others, being an ambassador of your own culture while learning from others, and constantly making choices that positively impact the local environment and economy, your Journey can have an even deeper and more powerful transformation than your own personal growth.
Practice Wellness & Health
Make choices that support your wellness as your travel. Eat healthy, local foods. Exercise daily. Take time for meditation. Spend time in nature every day. Remember that a HERO needs his/her strength to face their challenges and slay their dragons.
Take Purposeful Action
Now do something with all of this insight, wisdom, inspiration, and clarity! Commit to making a change, sharing it with others, and following through. Whether it’s something small or something grand and sweeping, use the inspiration and insight discovered during your travels to create a positive impact on your life, and the world around you.
Travel in HERO Mode
Travel like a HERO; with Heart, fully Engaged, with steady Resolve, and completely Open to the experience. Having Heart is to care about yourself, others, and your destination. It’s being vulnerable and real in order to connect, and being humble enough to be a steward of the places you have the privilege to go. Keep your sense of humor. Laugh every day. Be mindful without taking yourself too seriously. Engage your surroundings to be an active participant, not just a passive observer or consumer. Steady your resolve to willingly take on challenges, push your boundaries, go outside of your comfort zone, and truly explore. Open yourself to be free of expectation, entitlement, and judgment, accepting the experience for what it is, what it has to teach, and accepting yourself for who you are.
Embrace Ritual & Ceremony
Integrate both ritual and ceremony into your travels. For example, take time every morning for meditation; when you arrive in a new destination, do something special to honor your arrival … and do the same upon departing, thanking the people and place for the gifts it has bestowed.
Connect w/ People & Place
Choose an unfamiliar place and connect with what makes it special. Explore the good and bad alike to grasp the real beauty and complexity of a place and its people. Embrace the obvious differences, but celebrate the similarities you share as human beings. Their home is not meant to make you feel comfortable. Accept invitations but don't overstay your welcome. Stay open and allow your opinion to be changed. Stay respectful and polite. Help where you can, but don't be in the way. Talk less, listen more. Stay open to make new friends and shift the standard definition of friendship; every person you meet, no matter how short the encounter is, was meant to happen, so learn from the encounter. Be grateful: It’s a privilege to travel and not everybody has that opportunity. Say Thank You! a lot … even better if you can do it in the local language!