It is sometimes difficult to meditate in a world filled with technology and noise. I live in an apartment and a neighbor slamming a door can startle me out of a light trance very easily. One of the things I have found very helpful is a mp3 player and some inexpensive binaural and shamanic recordings. The ear buds muffle some outside noise and the music covers the rest. It leaves me more relaxed and more able to follow my mind where it goes. It's also a good tool for timing your meditation sessions. Good luck and happy travels!