Expert travel tips from Pico Iyer, to keep you relaxed on your next flight

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Travel writer Pico Iyer has great ideas for how to make an airport as relaxing as your backyard garden.  Photo: Courtesy of Pico Iyer Travel writer Pico Iyer has great ideas for how to make an airport as relaxing as your backyard garden. Photo: Courtesy of Pico Iyer

Pico Iyer is a global travel writer whose recent stories have taken him to the snowy mountains of Japan and to a film festival in Pyongyang, North Korea. But the author of the TED Book The Art of Stillnessis also a champion of the art of “going nowhere,” a contemplative state of mind that makes a flight to Bhutan as calming as an afternoon in your garden.

Iyer’s work inspired the Delta Air Lines team to create the Delta Art of Stillness exhibit — a cross between a spiral meditation path and a Richard Serra installation. As attendees step into the quiet space, their heart rate slows and a sensor array triggers the translucent walls to film over for an intimate moment of stillness…

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