We are constantly planning for the future and waiting for “the next big thing” to happen in our lives, and it is causing us to forget about the present. As much as I try to soak in and appreciate the current moment as much as possible, I am sometimes guilty of this too. Living in the moment can be a lot easier when traveling. You are in a different place and may become absorbed by your new surroundings and feel an astounding sense of wonder that you almost cannot help but try to be frozen in that moment as long as possible.

News flash- that feeling is right within your grasp wherever you may be. If you travel in search of happiness, you are probably looking in the wrong place. Happiness can reveal itself in the little things. Like the baby that just gave you the biggest smile at the supermarket. Or the perfect song that comes on your Pandora radio. Or even from the dollar bill you found in your pants pocket. Whatever it is, embrace it. Don’t let these moments pass you by. Find pleasure in the smallest things in life and you will be forever changed.

“…pleasure isn’t something we seek out there in the more exotic places, but instead is something we discover here in the simple moments.”

If you have had the opportunity to travel away from home, think about what moments truly stood out to you. In many cases, these moments are not seeing the popular tourist attraction or hitting up the coolest club. The best memories are the little things that brought joy beyond words. Some of my favorite travel memories include eating gelato at a small cafe in Italy, having a picnic in the park in London, feeling the mist on my shoulders at Victoria Falls, and the first time Ivy grabbed my hand to play catch with her in Zambia. Take a deep breath, slow down, and acknowledge the beauty of the moment you are in because you will never have another one exactly like it.

“Sure, travel will stretch you, she’ll provide moments and opportunities, but you have to be present enough in your own soul to slow the heck down and step into those moments and find the true pleasures of life there.” 

We all know that sometimes reasons such as finances, work, or simply life in general just do not allow us to take that dream adventure to Sydney or Barcelona. No matter where you are at, take in each and every moment and cherish your blessings. Enjoy what you have at home, or maybe even take up a new hobby while waiting on that next excursion. The secret to life is all about perspective- and happiness is waiting right at your front door.

Little Matters,

*This blog post inspired by BootsnAll Travel


  • malaysianmeanders
    July 3, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Thank you so much for this. It’s just what I needed. I’m moving back home to America after living abroad the last few years. My travel is going to greatly decrease, and I’ve been a little worried that life will now seem boring. I am going to try to keep the right perspective.

    • Marissa Sutera
      July 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      You’re very welcome! Making the change will be a challenge for sure, but enjoying the little things can make for a great outlook wherever you end up. And hey, there’s always road trips right?! Best of luck to you on your move!

  • Adelina | PackMeTo
    July 2, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Happiness is more a state of mind than anything. You can be happy anywhere in the world. It’s just happens to be a lot easier when you’re out exploring something new because all the little things become big things. They’re different.

    • Marissa Sutera
      July 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      Well said Adelina, that is very true! Thanks for reading!

  • Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist
    July 1, 2014 at 8:41 am

    You can certainly grasp a lot of what travel has to offer right in your own back yard. The living in the moment, changing your perspective, learning something new – it’s all there.

  • culturalxplorer
    June 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    I love the part where you said “If you travel in search of happiness, you are probably looking in the wrong place. Happiness can reveal itself in the little things.”

  • frankaboutcroatia
    June 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Marissa thanks for reminding us of little things in life. I am totally with you that we usually remember places by small things we experienced there (like that gelato in Italy) than sites we’ve seen, or hotels we stayed at.

  • Brianna
    June 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Found your post via #SundayTraveler! I agree with you that happiness is found in the little things in life. It’s not about who has traveled the furthest or been to the most countries, its about just enjoying wherever you happen to be at the moment.

    • Marissa Sutera
      June 29, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Thanks for reading Brianna! Enjoying whatever moment you are in is what truly brings happiness.

  • Mandie @ RamblingMandie
    June 29, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Love that line “if you travel in search of happiness, you’re looking in the wrong place.” So true! If you can’t find joy in the little things in life, you won’t find them in the bigger. I do think, though, that travel can open your eyes to the little things back at home you took for granted (like hot showers! lol) and give you a new appreciation for everyday happiness. 🙂

    • Marissa Sutera
      June 29, 2014 at 8:32 am

      Travel definitely does give you a new outlook, and the more I travel the more I appreciate all that many of us take for granted! Thanks for reading Mandie!

  • Rachel
    June 29, 2014 at 5:31 am

    I constantly remind myself to enjoy the little moments and savour them, but sometimes it’s a bit hard when things are hectic. But you are right, it is the little things that matter most 🙂

    • Marissa Sutera
      June 29, 2014 at 8:31 am

      It really can be challenging at times to remember to appreciate the little things, but I just try to do the best I can! Thanks for reading Rachel!

  • liz
    February 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Marissa! I love your blog’s focus on noticing and blogging on the little things in life. That’s what makes life what it truly is, isn’t it? It’s those recognizing little moments that make ordinary life extraordinary. I’m so inspired by you that I have added your blog to my Random Kindness Blog Tour, where I highlight a positive blog every day. Thank you for being you! – Liz

    • Marissa Sutera
      February 14, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks so much Liz, that is such an honor! Your Random Kindness Blog Tour is an inspiration in itself- very cool idea!

  • Stephen
    February 10, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    Wow—you have captured a essential ingredient of a fulfilling life. I am proud of your insights.

  • Sean E Keener (@SEKeener)
    February 5, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Marissa and I couldn’t agree more. Massive good vibes to you. You inspired us as well! 🙂


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