Nothing is more important than taking full advantage and making the most out of your trips. Here’s a few tips that will lead you toward making your travels everything you want them to be and more.
- Be open to spontaneity
So much can be ruined when you’re so busy following the plan you made for your trip that you forget to look up at your surroundings and enjoy the beauty around you. Plans are great, but in order to be perfect, they must be flexible and willing to adapt to new surroundings. Some of the best things you’ll find on your adventures cannot be planned for even with the best of imaginations, so be willing to smudge your plans every now and then to make way for new opportunities.
- Enjoy the locals
Many jump on a plane with the hopes of taking a break from their lives back home, but taking trips is about way more than escape. On your next trip, make sure you take time to appreciate the local way of life that you are going to dive into. Talk to the locals, share your stories and get to know theirs. They’ll have tremendously helpful advice on the best things to do and the most beautiful things to see, and definitely don’t be afraid to enhance your palate with local cuisine. You never know what you might find.
- Laugh, and then laugh some more
When pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, embarrassing things are inevitable. Being human is an awkward enterprise, and the best way to overcome it is to be able to laugh at yourself when things go wrong. People love laughter and no one will care about the way you stuttered when speaking a new language, how confused you got when jumping on the wrong train or the fashion faux-pas you enacted while out on the town as long as you are able to brush off that bad experience with a good healthy dose of laughter.
- Stash your cash
Nothing is more stressful than running out of money while you’re busy adventuring. Make sure you budget your money for the duration of your trip and stick to it. Have an extra pocket of money saved some place safe in case an emergency comes up and definitely don’t store all your money in one place. If you end up misplacing your wallet or get pick-pocketed (knock on wood that you won’t), at least you won’t lose everything and you’ll thank yourself later.
- Record your memories
No one likes the person who is too busy behind the lens of their camera to enjoy the moments of their trip, but it’s also a huge mistake to not record any parts of your trip in some way. Whether it’s by jotting down your itinerary in a journal, holding onto receipts from one of a kind restaurants or by taking pictures of important landmarks and moments, future you will be so appreciative of the details and memories you recorded that you might have otherwise forgotten about.
Whether this is your time traveling or your thirtieth, don’t forget to enjoy every single moment.