Guest post from Chris Richardson, journalist, editor, and a blogger
There’s something that makes traveling easy today: technology. You can order a taxi through an app. You have an app that shows where you are and how you can get to where you’re headed to. The prices for hotels are transparent and you can book your rooms online.
We can get around Paris, Buenos Aires, and any other hot tourist destination without much trouble. Is the adventure lost? I don’t think so.
We’ll suggest 15 practical tips that will make your trip safer and more comfortable, but won’t suck the adventure away from it. It’s all about how to make your next trip unforgettable.
Get Your Running Shoes
Imagine having a run or an epically long walk in a place you’re seeing for the first time. Don’t miss that experience. Comfortable running shoes will support the adventure of hitting the streets as much as possible.
Don’t Be a Control Freak
You want to check the reviews of a restaurant before getting in? You can do that. However, you should leave some space to be surprised. Do plan about accommodation and travelling, and make a plan for the general sites you wanna see. For everything else, stay open to the unexpected.
Get a Good Backpack
You’ll need a lot of water, a safe place to keep your money, snacks, maps, a camera… You absolutely need a good backpack to keep all these things when exploring a destination.
Photograph Your Experience
When exploring a new destination, you can just take your phone and snap a pic in seconds. Don’t miss the opportunity to document your journey. When you have these memories on photographs, they will stay with you for a long time.
Ask for Suggestions
Do you have a tour guide? They know more about the place than you do. If you don’t have one, then ask some locals to suggest the best places to see.
Pick a Good Book
Marienne Conrad, a writer from Essaygeeks, says: “I love reading local authors when I travel. It’s how I experience the culture of a place at its best – through its literature.”
A good story will be a nice change from loud music or chatter. If you like paying attention to the environment all the time, then listen to an audiobook.
Make Your Own Opinions
“British people ruin this beautiful Greek island… why don’t they leave other people alone?”
You’ll be listening to opinions all the times. You might catch yourself repeating the same times you hear when sharing impressions of your vacations. Don’t do that. Experience everything for yourself and make your own opinions.
Get Your Rest
You’ll want to see everything, so you might want to cut on your sleep. Remember: it’s necessary to rest, even when you want to have the most adventurous trip ever. Take a nap before a night out; that will keep you fresh. If you don’t get enough rest, you’ll burn out.
Control Your Expectations
“I expected the sea to be… I don’t know, bluer?”
Do you know what can ruin your trip? Expectations. Get rid of them. Of course you’ll get informed before you hit the road, but remember: you’ll be forming your own impressions.
Plan the Budget
This is the only thing you should plan to details. Plan how much money you’ll need for travelling, accommodation, meals, and everything else you need. Get extra!
Don’t Judge the Cultural Differences
Instead of judging the cultural norms of the place you visit, analyze them. It’s amazing to see how society and norms evolved in ways you haven’t imagined.
Learn Something New
The people of each country have special activities, dishes, sports, and trades. Learn how to cook a local dish or play a new card game. The least you could do is learn few local phrases.
Meet New People
You have intuition, so listen to it. Stay open to meeting new people. They are the ones who will make this trip unforgettable.
Have your moments of pause and deep breathes. When you slow down, your senses are enhanced. You get to experience the look, smell, and taste of the place you’re visiting.
Don’t Get Too Drunk
It’s not fun, it’s not exciting, and it’s not adventurous. On the contrary – getting drunk every night will allow you to see the clubs. Nothing more. You’ll be incapable to experience the place during the day.
Traveling is fun when you’re open to great experiences. It’s important to make the necessary preparations, but you should always stay open for unexpected adventures.