There’s no doubting that life is very different in other parts of the world, however it’s easy to be consumed with our immediate surroundings and forget that there’s so much more out there for us to experience. If you take a moment to look at your day-to-day routines and habits, you’ll likely realise how dependant you are on technology, and maybe even uncover how many of your goals revolve around money and success or the things that come along with them. Every now and then it’s important to take a step back and think about what really matters to you. One of the best ways to do this is through travel.
Exploring new places goes hand in hand with experiencing different ways of life. At the southernmost point of Japan, a collection of hundreds of islands make up Okinawa Prefecture. This is a special place, not only due to its stunning white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, uncharted jungles and abundance of animals and foliage, but thanks to the outlook and values of the locals. With a lifestyle that’s focused on taking care of the body and mind, there’s a lot to learn from the people of Okinawa. After all, the simple fact that this region has the highest number of centenarians in the world proves they must be doing something right!
There’s a few simple ingredients that work together to achieve greater longevity for the people of Okinawa. Feeding your body with rich minerals and vitamins through a healthy and consistent diet full of local island vegetables is one. Along with being active and looking after your mind through meditation. Additionally, a positive attitude and valuing connections with others helps locals build inner strength. All these elements come together to create a unique way of life that many of us could learn and benefit from.
Life, by Okinawa is a series that shows what Okinawa has to offer by inviting people living fast-paced, city lives to experience what life on these sub-tropical Japanese islands looks and feels like. In doing so it challenges their preconceived notions on beauty, wellbeing and connections.
It’s hard to deny the benefits of a trip that allows you to enjoy the charms of untouched nature and a more relaxed culture. If you’re keen to escape your daily grind, check out where to go in Okinawa, a place truly different to anywhere else in the world.
Article in collaboration with Okinawa Tourism.