For those that dream of travelling, making memories that will last a lifetime looks as simple as buying a one-way ticket to anyway and sharing your photographs on Instagram. But as anyone that’s ever given into their wanderlust will tell you: there’s a lot more to guaranteeing you have the trip of a lifetime.
Here are some of the best ways to get more out of your travels:
1. Head Into The Unexpected
We know there’s a reason why the touristy hotspots have become the touristy hotspots, but that doesn’t mean they are going to take your breath away anymore. In fact, with Instagram and Google images dominating the wavelengths, the opposite is now true. To escape this, head into the unexpected. Forget NYC and LA. Head to Rocks National Lakeshore, St. Augustine and The Apostle Islands instead.
2. Drop The Word Diet Now
One of the things we all fret about when going away is how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and stay bikini-ready, which means limiting your treat intake. But who the heck wants to do that when the world is full of so many delicious foods you’ve never tried before. The world needs to be explored and there’s no better way to do that than through your taste buds.
3. Night Time Is The Best Time
It doesn’t matter which city you are staying in or passing through, seeing it in the day only shows you a quarter of it. It’s not until the sun goes down and the lights turn on that you start to see a city for what it really is. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in New York or Maputo - cities come to life at night.
4. Experience Authenticity More
Hotels, taxis, room service - it’s all convenient, but it isn’t real. Not really. It’s more like a manufactured outlook on the world. To get the most authentic experience, you want to try and do things differently. Book a local Airbnb so that you can experience what the homes here are like, use RideshareApps instead of taxis to meet new people and eat at local joints, shop at local supermarkets and delve into local cuisines. Do this and you’ll truly experience a place.
5. Getting Lost Is Glorious
Put down the map, put away your phone and embrace not knowing where you are going. It’s the backstreets that will make your journey that much more memorable. It’s going with the flow and not knowing where that flow will take you. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the things you came to see, it just means asking locals for directions instead.
6. Go Back At Different Times
Like we alluded to with the night and day thing, the time of day you stop by a place can have a massive effect on the way somewhere looks and feels, so try revisiting that somewhere you feel in love with at a different time. If you went in the morning, go back in the evening. If you went for lunch, go back at dusk. You’ll fall that much harder in love.
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