In other words, relaxation not only for your body but also for your mind. Let's talk about a simple addition to your travelling gear – a colouring book.
A colouring book? Really?
It’s been a while since colouring books gained wider recognition as a tool that’s not just restricted to keeping children busy, but can also help adults unwind from their stress-filled lives. Colouring books for adults are gradually turning into popular travelling companions for backpackers and caravanning families alike. Here’s why:
When the mind needs a break, it needs a colouring book…
It’s not just your body that tires from the daily marathon of getting to and from work, managing household chores, working tirelessly on preparing your rig for the next trip, and the list goes on. Every one of the tasks you handle on a daily basis takes a toll on your mind, often impacting it much more than your body. Nature trails and waterhole swims work wonders for your body, but your mind needs something similar too – a form of mental exercise that refreshes it. The simple pleasure of colouring, without the usual worries plaguing you, can work wonders for your tired mind.
There IS such a thing as too much information
And we’re victims to this information overload on a daily basis. Sometimes, the mind needs some space to originate thoughts of its own, the way you perhaps remember doing as a kid, with no internet or smartphones around to distract you all the time. So on your next trip, allow your mind to experience some space and freedom, by channelling your thoughts into colour. You’ll be surprised at the ideas and perspectives that’ll come to you along the way. After all, the fact that colouring boosts creative thinking is a well-established fact.
A colouring book is yet another way to go green
Yes, your caravan may have a TV, a music system, and even internet access. But sometimes it’s good to cut down your dependence on power, even if only for a little while. Since we’re an impatient species, a no-power existence can seem a tad boring. Well, try ‘putting colour pencil to colouring book’ during an idle hour on your next trip, and you’ll be surprised by how much fun it can be. Plus, your battery will thank you!
Create interesting colouring projects as you travel
Capture the sights and colours you see around you in your colouring book, and turn it into an ode to the special attributes and flavours of the area you’re visiting. Destination-themed colouring books are all the rage in the travel community. You can purchase a book with sketches pertaining to the place you’re heading to, or convert a regular colouring book into a custom art project.
Practice mindfulness, the fun way
The world is gradually discovering the wonders and benefits of meditation and mindfulness, but not all techniques and practices are actually very simple. Well, we’ve all got to start somewhere, and it’s a proven fact that colouring encourages mindfulness – a.k.a., being ‘in the moment’. Colouring books for adults are, in fact, widely marketed as mindfulness tools. Whether or not they work for you can only be ascertained once you try, but at the very least, there’s a great deal of fun to be had working with colours and trying to stay between the lines again!
So pack a colouring book for your next trip. Create your own artwork series, or enjoy a group colouring session every afternoon with your kids/grandkids. The best part of the whole exercise is the fact that you’ll always have a bunch of colourful handmade souvenirs to remember your caravanning holiday by!