5 Steps To Enjoy Your Travels More

by | Apr 6, 2016 | Tips | 4 comments

5 Steps To Enjoy Your Travels More

by | Apr 6, 2016 | Tips | 4 comments

As travelers, we try to see and do as much as possible when we visit a new place. We start rushing as soon we leave the airport to try and make the most out of the time that we have. Next time when you feel like rushing out of the airport, don’t.

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Stop, Look and Listen

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Use your first 30 minutes taking it slow. Walk through the streets, stop here and there, breath in this new and exciting place. Pay attention to all those things that seem different from what you are used. Listen to the city life or nature bubbling around you.

After those 30 minutes, you will notice that you see this new place with different eyes. From time to time, why don’t you stop and take a break in a coffee shop to eat or drink something typical for the place that you are visiting? Listen to the locals as they go on with their lives, speaking their language around you.

If you take it slow, I promise you that this travel will stay in your memory for longer.

Avoid the crowds
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Where Everyone Else Is Going
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Identify which zones or areas have more tourists and avoid them when you need to have a meal. Not only will you get cheaper prices, but you will also see a different, side of that city or place that you are visiting.

Like Nomattic Matt said:

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Never eat in a touristy area or near a tourist attraction. As a general rule, I walk five blocks in either direction before I find a place to eat.

Nomadic Matt

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Mingle With the Locals
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No one knows a place better than the people who live there. Talking to the locals is a great way to meet new people, and discover different places unexplored by tourists. A great way to mingle with locals is to talk with your hotel/hostel staff or the barista at a coffee shop. If they are not too busy, most of them will be more than happy to talk with you and even get to know about you and your story.

Because you are interested about their city, country and culture, people will be quite happy to talk with you about these things. Knowing a few words in their language or slang will help breaking the ice almost immediately.

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Put Down Your Camera
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This might be a hard thing to do. There is just too many beautiful views and too much to capture in a photo so you can remember it in the future. This is the hardest thing for me to do, I just love taking pictures and I always have my camera and my iPhone with me.

But when you are looking through a lens it’s easy to ignore your surroundings and just focus on the picture. Try to take fewer pictures on your trips, not only it will be easier to go through them when you come home, you will be more present in the moment when you travel.

No one knows a place better than the people who live there. Talking to the locals is a great way to meet new people, and discover different places unexplored by tourists. A great way to mingle with locals is to talk with your hotel/hostel staff or the barista at a coffee shop. If they are not too busy, most of them will be more than happy to talk with you and even get to know about you and your story.

Because you are interested in their city, country, and culture, people will be quite happy to talk with you about these things. Knowing a few words in their language or slang will help to break the ice almost immediately.

Diving
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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Living outside your comfort zone is exciting, you will feel alive because you are living in the moment. What crazy and deranged adventure you will be part of, what will happen next and what can you do to make the best of a bad situation.

So instead of making very detailed plans and try to follow them religiously, why don’t you try and get off track away from those plans. Walking around and getting lost in a new city it’s a great way to get into new adventures.

I will always remember the first time I visited London. I took a wrong turn and found myself lost, but instead of worrying I kept on walking and not only did I see the usual tourist attractions, I also saw deserted streets full of beautiful architecture and impressive parks.

How about you?

What is the first thing you do as soon as you leave the airport?

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