For many people – myself included, the travel bug is something that refuses to let go.
We would willingly pack up our lives for weeks, months, or even years at a time and take off to a brand new destination full of fun and adventure, living in the moment and revelling in the new and varied surrounds. But, how do you know you’re making the most of your travels? Well, here are four tips to try out and see how much your experience improves.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
It sounds obvious, especially for experienced travellers, but if you forget the essentials, you won’t be able to make the most of your travels. Can you imagine sitting on a beach in your jeans rather than your swimsuit? Or scaling the highest mountain only to be blinded by the sun because you left you Eyeglasses.com sunglasses at home? Worse still, having to spend money on memory cards for your camera or a warm jacket, when you have them at home.
Forgetting the essentials can hinder your overall enjoyment, and even though some issues are easily solved, things such as forgetting your passport or leaving your wallet in the taxi are more challenging to overcome. Make a list, check it twice, and then check it again before you go anywhere. It’s advised to keep copies of your most important documents in a cloud too or with a trusted friend or relative.
Don’t Be Afraid to Mingle
Whether you like to travel in groups or prefer to go it alone, you don’t need to stick to this for the entirety of your travels. The more you mingle, the more you get out into the heart of the destination, and you might even get to experience things you never would otherwise. If you mingle with other travellers – and better still locals, you can expand your horizons, even if you already have a set idea about where you want to go next. Travel is all about seeking out the soul of the places you visit, and what’s a better way to do so than with those who live there.
Bring Back More Than Pictures
Sure, photographs are a great way to document your travels, but they are only a fraction of how you can make the most of your trip. The pics go on Instagram or Facebook, and people will engage with them, but then what? You should try to capture as many memories in as many different ways as possible. This can include videos, which are great for capturing the atmosphere of your destination, print some of your favourite pics for home, keep a journal and even bring back the occasional souvenir. All of these will transport you back to the moments experienced whilst there.
Don’t Take All Your Cash With You
No traveller even wants to think about losing all their money during their trip, but it’s a sad fact that it can happen. If you don’t want your trip derailed before it even gets going, only carry a small amount of cash with you at any time. In the unfortunate event of getting robbed, you will then still have funds either at the hotel or hostel, or in your bank account. Some travellers even bring decoy wallets and phones to hand over in the event of a mugging, which can also ease your worries. I also keep some cash and a credit card separate as an emergency backup, it’s well worth it for the peace of mind.
We all have different ideas about what makes the best travel experience and there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Most importantly though, no matter where you go, tread gently and with respect to the environment and the communities that you find yourself in, with grace, consciousness and appreciation – and you’re bound to feel extremely good as you go.
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