That is very typical. There are many different levels of astral traveling and one of the most fun; albeit most dangerous, is staying on this physical plan and cruizing around. I've done that several times during the night in a similar situation you described.
To astral travel it's easiest to go into a medatative state (or drowsy reading state) and allow your consciousness to fly off. It's hard for me to describe. You have to trust yourself and what you're about to do or it'll be difficult to let go of your physical body. That's where I'm having a hard time. I can't leave because of the scary situation i was in last time I left on purpose. I still occasionally do it during the night.
Typically you want to use astral travel as a spiritual journey. A way to find answers or advance your soul forward. You can go to the akashic records, find your spirit guide, or converse with higher vibrational energies. They key to this is to move up and out of the physical plane and increase your own vibrational energy. You can do that through meditation and spiritual work. The more concerned with mundane things and negative thoughts you are the harder it will be to raise your own vibration high enough to break free from the physical plane.
I could honestly write a book on this so I'll stop myself there. Thank you for sharing your expereince!
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