Switching up your travelling style could very well help you see things in a different light.
Most of us are creatures of habit and it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to say that we tend to gravitate to the same sort of places when we travel. Maybe you like knowing every detail of your itinerary, down to the very last minute. Or perhaps you would never dream of touching down somewhere without knowing where you’ll be staying. Well, in the coming year, I challenge you to change the way you travel. Doing so might open you up to a whole new array of experiences you never imagined was possible. Here are some ways for you to get out of your comfort zone.
1. Instead of travelling with friends, plan a solo vacation
Just imagine a vacation where you’re not beholden to anyone else but yourself. A vacation where you don’t have to eat a restaurant you’re not feeling or listlessly wait around for your pals to finish shopping. When you travel solo, you have the opportunity to truly embrace your independence; whether it’s learning to not feel self-conscious when you’re eating alone, or figuring out how to navigate a completely new city on your own. It may seem intimidating at first but, trust me, when you travel on your own, it will invariably change you for the better.
2. Instead of taking many short vacations, plan for one longer trip
Personally, I’ve never liked going on trips that last fewer than 3 days. With short trips, it’s almost not worth the hassle of getting yourself to the airport, checked into your flight, and then finding your way to your hotel. Plus, you feel obliged to pack as many activities as possible into a day … and to me, that sounds way more stressful than it is relaxing. When you have 10 days or more, however, you can really take your time to explore your destination and its surrounds, and that immersive experience is way more fulfilling for the soul than quick getaways can ever be.
3. Instead of taking cabs everywhere, try exploring a city on foot
With bigger cities in particular, it can be tempting to pack your itinerary with “must-do” activities recommended by your friends or travel websites. Oftentimes, however, we underestimate just how much time it takes to get from one place to another, especially in cities such as Jakarta or Bangkok that are infamous for their snarling traffic. But I’ve often found that you can learn so much about a place by walking everywhere. When you go on foot, it feels so much more rewarding when you stumble upon that gem of a live jazz bar or cool coffee joint you wouldn’t otherwise have found out about. For less densely populated cities, joining a bike tour is also a cool way to explore.
4. Instead of creating a Facebook album for your holiday shots, refrain from posting vacay snaps on social media completely
If your don’t post pictures of it on Facebook or Instagram, did your holiday really happen? Actually, yes. Because Life happens when you’re not spending an inordinate amount of time trying to get that perfect “candid” shot in front of an iconic landmark, letting your food get cold while you take photographs of it, or constantly looking for Wifi. A holiday is the perfect time to practise mindfulness and living in the moment – so why wouldn’t you grasp the opportunity to do just that?
28 Oct 2016