So, where will your next travel adventure be?
Are you planning on a winter vacation abroad, or are you currently saving up to visit your dream holiday destination next summer?
Wherever you go, we hope you have a lovely time. Travel can be good for both the body and the mind, so you will hopefully feel the benefits of your time away.
However, to make the most of your travel adventures (and to fully experience those benefits we mentioned), you might want to consider some of these suggestions.
Get up early
While it might be tempting to catch up on some much-needed rest when you’re sleeping in your tent or hotel room (other accommodation types are available), you will only miss out on the world if you’re forever living in slumberland. By getting up early, you will be able to add more activities to your itinerary. You will also be able to see more without the annoyance of others getting in your way, assuming your fellow tourists are prone to the occasional lie-in too. And if you get up especially early, you will experience the beauty of the sun rising, and that can be a magical sight to behold when you’re having your morning breakfast.
Unplug from the wifi
While your smartphone will be useful to you on your travels – you can use it to take photos, find your way around, and learn the lingo of the place you are visiting – you shouldn’t become too reliant on it. So, curb the temptation to scroll through Facebook when you’re out and about, and rather than take photos of everything you see, actually experience the world through your own eyes, instead of the lens of your phone. You will have a more enjoyable and fulfilling time this way. And by unplugging yourself from the wifi, you will also remove yourself from thoughts of work and other home-based stresses. You will then have more opportunities to destress and unwind, without the constant reminders of your usual life invading your mind.
Don’t follow the tourists
And don’t always follow your guide book either. When you’re away, explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the country you are in. Turn left when the tourists turn right and head in the opposite direction when you see the crowds. Because who knows what you might find. It could be a rarely seen place of scenic beauty. You might find a place to eat with foods only the locals have tried. And you might have more opportunities to observe the daily life of the local people living around you. Oh, and you will also get to see more because you won’t be forced to push your way through the masses to experience the various sights that the country has to offer you.
Step out of your comfort zone
You’re in a new country, so do something different with your time away. Don’t eat the foods you would eat in your home country. Don’t sit around on the beach all day, trying desperately to get a tan. And don’t spend all of your time talking to people from your homeland. Instead, try new foods, no matter how weird some of the cultural offerings might seem. Embark on new activities while you’re away, such as scuba diving, mountain climbing, and hang gliding. And if you have managed to gain a grasp of the lingo, talk to some of the locals. By stepping out of your comfort zone in these ways, you will experience more of the country you are in, and you will experience more of what you are capable of. So, push yourself, as you might later regret it if you don’t.
Don’t rush from one place to another, and don’t pack too much into your schedule. While you will be desperate to see more, you will actually see less, as when you’re rushing around, there will be things you don’t get to see or experience. So, slow down on your travels. Spend more time exploring the towns and villages you are in. Literally and figuratively, stop and smell the roses. By doing so, not only will you get a better understanding of the country you are in, but you will be less stressed too if you’re not frantically running around.
Consider longer-term adventures
Like many of us, you might dread the day when you have to get back on the plane to return home. Especially if you haven’t found ways to get the most out of your travel adventures, you might be filled with regrets. Therefore, consider spending more time away each year. Instead of your two-week holiday, budget yourself so you can spend a month or more away. Look at property for rent, so you don’t have to bankrupt yourself on hotel prices, or backpack your way around your destination with nothing but a tent and a change of clothes. Especially if you have nothing happening at home to rush back for, and if you have more holiday time to use up from your workplace, then you might experience more if you do give yourself more time.
Enjoy your travels!