Better travel

Travelling the world can give you a new perspective of life. You will be immersed in a new culture and learn more about the world and yourself than you could have ever imagined. These are a few of my tips to help you get the most out of your travels.

1. Take a minute

IMG_0403Unlike most, the first time I saw the Colosseum I immediately saw myself in Ancient Rome; gladiators fighting in front of me, a crowd of people cheering. This is what I do at every place that I visit. Even here, in Australia. While I drive through the country side I imagine what it would have been like thousands of years ago for the Aboriginal Language Group that lived in the area at the time. Hunting, fishing, dancing, story telling. How did they live? What did they do for fun? What happened when there was a thunderstorm or tropical cyclone? It is kind of like having a flashback in a movie. You are there and you can see what is right in front of you, but you can also see the past. Or imagine how it looked at least.

This is why I cannot just visit a an attraction or a city. If you are only going there to snap a photo of yourself during a quick few minute visit, then what is the point? The point of seeing these places, for me, is to appreciate its beauty while also appreciating the historical importance. The reason these places are attractions to begin with is because of their rich heritage. You do not need to spend the time like I do to think about what it may have been like (although I do recommend it), but I think it is important to set aside time to just stand in awe of what you are seeing and appreciate the significance of the site.

 

2. Go off the beaten path…

IMG_0006Some of the most beautiful places you can see are places that are generally not popular tourist attractions. If you hop on some local transportation and take a ride around an area or if you just take a stroll around the local area that you are staying, you will be sure to find a hidden treasure or two among places that would usually be lost to the visitors.

3. Be spontaneous

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Try not to always have a plan – other than accommodation and flights that is. It is great to have the freedom to be able to do what you want when you get to a destination, so make sure you do have the freedom by not having a strict schedule. Being spontaneous is the best part of travelling.

4. Immerse yourself in the culture

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Meet some locals, find out what they love best and do that. Eat the local food, use the local transport, visit the local shops. Get lost in the experience. There are so many beautiful things to see, fun things to do, and delicious things to eat right under your nose.

5. Stay somewhere different

IMAG0812Don’t always go with a hotel or brand you know. Some of the best places to stay are hidden gems. Keep mixing it up and you will be sure to find something worth it.

A great way to do that is with a website that compares all accommodation in one place, such as Agoda and Hostelworld. These are some of my favourite booking sites for planning accommodation.

 

3 Replies to “Get More Out of Your Travel Experience”

  1. Stay in a hostel rather than a hotel 🙂 (they have private rooms too if you are a more private person). This allows you to easily meet other travellers (not tourists :P) and the local staff at hostel will tell you where the cool things are. The people staying at hostels are usually backpackers and they tend to do less of the touristy bit of the country and more of the exploration, so they will know where the interesting things are.

      1. Definitely. Hostel world is very good with the reviews. They have categories to review the hostel by and comments from people who stayed there.
        I have only been in one hostel I wouldn’t go back to in Phi Phi, but to be fair the reviews did state it is noisy I just did not realise noisy = walls vibrate from base of the bar next door.

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