Life is beautiful. It is meant to be experienced to the fullest. So be excited, go outside of your comfort zone, and travel the world. As one cliché goes, life is not a destination, it is a wonderful journey. Say yes to life, go see the whole wide world, and collect memories.
Here are some tips for a standout travel experience:
1. Make a list and check it twice.
A travel list is the king of all tips, especially when you are traveling abroad, going from one city tour to another. You wouldn’t want to find out that you forget your camera, winter boots, or extra batteries. Your list may also include the places you want to visit and other vital information that will make your trip stress-free and safe. Don’t forget the photocopies of your important documents, insurance papers, and first aid kit.
2. Travel light.
Pack only the essentials. Be selective and take what you will need. Pre-plan your everyday outfit-of-the-day (OOTD) to prevent over-packing. It is best to leave ample space in your luggage for things that you will be buying in your destination, which most likely includes accessories and garments.
3. Wake up early.
The early riser catches the beauty of nature- the rising sun and the solitude that awakens the soul. When on vacation, time is valuable. Get up early and prepare for the adventure that awaits you. It’s better to be early and avoid the long queues of tourists in the places you are planning to visit for the day. Take a walk near the vicinity and take photos of quiet surroundings. There are a lot of perks of waking up early, so don’t waste time.
4. Talk with the locals.
Immerse yourself in the unique culture of your destination to have as standout travel experience Wear their locally-produced clothes and flaunt them off on your Instagram account. Talk and ask the locals about their lifestyles, customs, and traditions. They have lots of stories to tell that will make you appreciate their norms and traditions. Learn their language, especially the basic terms and phrases that come handy during your stay. Don’t be afraid to ask help or make mistakes, combine your body language and hand gestures to point out what you want to convey.
5. Eat their local food.
Nothing gives pleasure, but to taste the amazing cuisines of another place or country. Go where the best foods are offered- the weekend or night market. There will be a wide array of local foods and beverages available, promising a gastronomic experience that you will not forget. Don’t forget to take photos of your new favorites dishes or drinks and get some selfies with the locals you meet there.
6. Be spontaneous and flexible.
Leave a room for some unplanned moments to discover more about the place. Keep an open mind and grab the chance to create the best memories. Have time to explore other local attractions that are not on your itinerary. Join local tours, visit the museums and churches, participate in local activities and anything that sparks your interest.
7. Shop and learn to bargain.
Shopping is one of the best parts of traveling. To get the best deal, learn the tricks of bargaining to get what you like at a cheaper price. Haggle until the seller gives in. It is best to shop in the local market or night markets where all the local crafts are available.
8. Slow down and take a breather.
If you are rushing from one place to another, enjoying the attractions and capturing the scenic views in your camera or smartphone day after the other, slow down for a while. Spend time just sipping your coffee in an alfresco café or spend time in a park. Enjoy people-watching, journaling your best memories, or consolidating your uploads in different platforms with the help of a social media aggregator.
9. Meet new friends.
Be nice to everyone that you meet. But don’t be gullible or naïve, to prevent some people from taking advantage of your good-natured spirit. Meet people and forge a friendship with people who will give you a standout travel experience.
10. Be prepared for anything.
Always take extra precautions and if you are traveling alone, don’t stay until dark in deserted areas. There’s safety in numbers, so always walk around with a group of people. Be confident and mingle with strangers.
So, live life without regrets. Go out, stand out, and leave a mark wherever you go!