I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “travel is the only thing money can buy that makes you richer”, and this saying couldn’t be truer! You should invest in as much travel as you can, while you can. Here are 10 unexpected travel tips that any seasoned traveller would agree with.
1. Practice patience
Don’t get hung up on things you cannot control. Life – and holidays – are too short to be worried and angry. Did you miss your train? That’s ok, grab a cup of coffee and get on the next one. Did you get lost? Take the opportunity to explore. Things WILL go wrong, the only thing you can control is how you deal with it. Just take a deep breath and enjoy the present.
2. Spend more time in fewer places
Don’t try to see 10 countries in 5 weeks. Instead, get to know each place well and enjoy your time there. This way you won’t be packing and unpacking all the time or spending all your time searching for flights and accommodation.
Give yourself time to immerse yourself in the local culture. Understand that you will never have the time to see everything, and be ok with that.
3. Get lost on purpose
Getting lost on purpose usually makes for the best travel experiences! It’s ok to book your must-see locations ahead of time, but sometimes it’s such an amazing feeling to be free and just get walking in an unknown direction. Write down a number of a taxi as well as your hotel address just in case. Get out of your comfort zone, meet some locals and have fun.
4. Plan together
Make sure your whole group is involved in travel planning whether it is your friends, a retreat group or your family. This way everyone will be happy with the decisions that were made and the trip will be much more enjoyable.
5. Trust the locals
One of the best things you can do while travelling is speak to the locals. This is the best way to end up with an authentic travel experience and to avoid tourist traps.
The locals have the best knowledge of places to see and avoid, and they always have the best restaurant recommendations!
Here are some questions you can ask them:
- Where can we get the best local food?
- What is the one thing we have to see before we go?
- What’s your favourite beach in the area?
People are usually more than happy to give you advice, so why not take advantage of the local hospitality?
6. Get out of your comfort zone
Use your trip as a challenge for self improvement and try things that normally make you anxious.
Scared of heights? Try going to the highest point of the city or try canopying. Not a hiker? Hike! Scared of trying new foods? Try all the local foods you can.
You will end up feeling good about yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone, and being in a foreign environment might just give you that extra push of confidence.
7. Back it up on the cloud
Make sure you don’t lose all of your travel memories and back all your photos up on the cloud each night. Getting your camera or laptop stolen is a possibility while travelling, so make sure you keep all of your memories safe.
8. Do the free stuff
Travelling doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes the best experiences are even free!
Take advantage of the local landscapes, beaches and nature and go on a hiking adventure. Catch a beautiful sunrise, or go for swim in the most beautiful local lake.
As a bonus, most of these activities end up being amazing for your health!
9. Fly where the deals are
Don’t just choose a destination and then spend weeks looking for a good deal, only to find that the more you search, the more expensive flights get.
Use a flight finder tool and look for the best deals in your chosen travel time.
You might even end up discovering your favourite location that you would have never found otherwise!
10. Don’t be afraid to splurge
Saving money is all well and good, but sometimes you need to splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime experience if it presents itself – or you will regret it later!
Go see that big concert, to that famous restaurant or go on a safari that you’ve always wanted to go on. Chances are you will never have that opportunity again, and you can always save money during the rest of your trip.
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