Travelling is a wonderful experience, no matter what. But there are always things you can do to make it better. And these tips help you do exactly that. If you implement the tips mentioned below, travelling will become easier, more fun and more memorable. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? So, let’s go.
Be aware of your surroundings
Take our your earphones, put away your phone and try to be present. Look around. You’ll be amazed with the hidden beauty that every place has. The key is to breath. Once you’re somewhere and you notice your mind is actually somewhere else, focus on your breathing first. Breath, and then focus on your surroundings. Immediately you’ll notice things you hadn’t seen before. This definitely improves any travel experience. Because why would you travel to different places, if your mind is always in the same? Try to get out of your head, your trips will become more beautiful because of it.
Try to speak the language
You don’t need to speak it fluently. Just try to learn a few words. Simple words or sentences like “hello”, “thank you” or “have a nice day”, can get you a long way and will make any local sympathise with you. And when they do, your life as a traveller will become much easier (and cheaper).
Connect with locals
To do this, you’ll first have to get around locals. Go to a restaurant where the menu isn’t written in English. Take local transportation. Try to make some small talk. This may be hard if you don’t speak the language, but if you do, don’t waste the opportunity. Locals know about hidden treasures in a place/city.
Another way to connect with locals is through Couchsurfing. Couchsurfing is a website that connects travellers with locals. You can sleep at a local’s place for free. It might be on a bed, a mattress on the floor, or on a couch.But it’s always at a local’s place, and to me, those people have always been mind-blowing friendly. And I will ensure you, friendly locals will make every experience much more memorable.
Get lost sometime! Bring a map or a phone for safety, but don’t use it. Try to just explore the area. Stray away from the other tourists and try to really get to know the place you’re visiting. You could stumble onto the most beautiful places. This is especially true for me personally because in my opinion, the most beautiful places are the ones that not many tourists have visited. The ones that are still full of culture and history. Just make sure you ask around if there are any places you should avoid. Most cities don’t, but some cities have neighbourhoods that are dangerous and that any tourist (or even local) should avoid.
One of the amazing things about travel, it that you are able to be completely spontaneous. At home, you probably have many responsibilities that take away a big part of your freedom. Because of this, you can’t really be spontaneous. But when travelling, you don’t have those responsibilities and you have the opportunity to be as spontaneous as you want to be. And being spontaneous is fun! It opens up so many new possibilities. I know that some people see huge danger signs here, but I really do mean spontaneous, not reckless. I’m not saying you should say yes to anything and jump at every adventure without thinking some stuff through. But most people’s problem nowadays isn’t that they’re not thinking enough. It’s that they’re thinking too much. If someone asks you to come with them, don’t say no immediately. Having a plan is nice enough, but more often than not it’s the things we couldn’t possibly plan for that turn out to be the greatest adventures and that will leave us with the best memories.
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