With a big trip planned for later in the year – three years after I did interrail in Europe – I’m looking forward to trying new things and discovering some adventure in the US. With this on the horizon, it’s time to think about how to travel and if you travel regularly, how to keep it fresh and exciting.
Here are some ideas to pack your travel diaries full of memorable moments and once in a lifetime experiences. If you’ve tried these out or plan to in 2018, let me know!
The popular trend of travelling solo shows no signs of slowing down and if you haven’t tried it, it can be a really rewarding experience. It allows you to be liberated, interact with new people and have the complete freedom and excitement to enjoy whatever awaits you in every new location.
As you’re on your own, it’s easy to get talking to people if you stay in hostels, and the staff are normally great at offering local advice on the roads less travelled. You can also take as long as you want taking photos without annoying any travel companions!
Explore new eateries
Before you set-off, do your research on the best local eateries and see which dishes are the specialty of the culture – those you just have to try. Make a list and try to visit each one for sampling local delights in probably the best place to try them, like wurst in Berlin, Germany and waffles in Brussels, Belgium.
Food exploration is a great way to learn more about culture and try new flavours and even recipes to take home. It makes each destination even more unique and for foodies, it’s an absolute must to choose local food places over international chains.
Experience the culture
Every place you travel will have it’s own culture, and this is part of the reason for getting on the plane in the first place. Within culture, there can be many different aspects to explore and if you base these on your own interests, then you can’t lose.
A lot of cultures have traditional customs and techniques, such as local ways to give a massage therapy with skills passed down from generation to generation. For instance, many travellers choose to get a Thai massage in Thailand, which is quite different from a Swedish massage.
Wander off the beaten path
When you visit a new destination or even revisit an old favourite, it’s a great idea to come out of your comfort zone and wander off the beaten path (as long as it’s safe to do so).
This can start with just a long walk from your hotel without checking TripAdvisor or Google Maps for an hour or so, or hiking routes you haven’t tried before. A good bit of advice when steering away from the ‘top five things to do’ in guidebooks is using landmarks to keep yourself from getting lost, as well as learning some language basics for the area before you leave.
Be brave and open to adventure
Arrive at your destination with the spirit to learn and be open to trying new things and discovering more. Whether travelling solo or in a group, it’s important to dive right in and embrace your surroundings.
A great to help you feel comfortable trying new things in new places is research; know what your choices are and what new experiences await.