10 Ways To Make Your Next Trip A Different Experience
Many of us are creatures of habit, even when it comes to travel.
Although it is a comforting feeling knowing what to expect by going on similar (or the same) holidays each year, it is not allowing you to explore the world in a different way.
The world has so much to offer and you can get much more out of your trip if you try something new. On that note, here are 10 ways to make your next trip different.
Choose a different way to travel
No matter if you are a luxury traveler or someone who likes a rougher experience and enjoys something out of the ordinary, then you might choose to travel a different way to normal. For instance, you might choose to travel via a boat or a chartered flight instead of a regular flight. If you are wondering what is a charter flight, then it is simply one that is not within an airline’s schedule. You could consider them likely a taxi for airplanes. Instead of choosing one from a schedule, you can choose your own time. It is the ideal solution to traveling differently and without a timed schedule.
Going outside of your comfort zone and traveling alone is so beneficial. Not only do you only have yourself to rely on, but you can travel and experience things the way that you want to. Sometimes you might travel a certain way, pick certain restaurants, or do certain activities because of who you are with.
Whereas when you travel alone, you can do everything that you want and when you want. It can be quite challenging plucking up the courage to travel alone. But, once you do it, you will have an incredible time and experience traveling in a whole different way.
Choose an activity outside of your comfort zone
You might choose different destinations to travel to each year yet have a similar experience because of what you choose to do. Although it is nice to relax around the pool, it is also beneficial for your mind to choose different activities. Even if you choose one activity that is unfamiliar to you, it is a good idea to take yourself outside of your comfort zone so that you experience new things and create memories.
Some examples of fun activities to choose to go outside of your comfort zone include:
- Cooking classes
- Swimming in natural pools
- Water sports
- Sky diving
The experience doesn’t have to frighten you in order to be fulfilling. It can be as simple as trying out a cooking class in a local village. These different and unfamiliar experiences will help you learn more about yourself and create more memories of the places that travel to.
Try a different kind of accommodation
It is common to stay in similar types of accommodation when you travel. Even if you are someone who likes to spend a lot of money on where they stay, you still don’t have to stay in a 5-star hotel. You could use your money to rent a house where you cook for yourself. Or, you could try a retreat-style accommodation where you avoid using technology and immerse yourself in your surroundings.
Speaking of avoiding distractions, our phones can be a huge distraction when we travel.
Simply going phone-free, or at last for a day out, can help you experience the destination in a different way. You will keep your head up and become self-reliant. You will take in more and immerse yourself in your surroundings like you never have before.
Don’t have an itinerary
Going away with an itinerary can put a lot of unnecessary pressure on your trip. To make it more relaxing, take each moment as it comes and do what you fancy. You can truly relax and experience the place for what it is. You can be in line with the natural rhythm of the town, village, or city and live like a local.
Eat at local stalls
Trying food from local stalls will ensure that you get to try the real food of the country. Although you might eat at a high-end restaurant that sells the countries cuisine, it isn’t the same as getting it cooked by those who eat that way every day. You can save money and get to enjoy some delicious food by eating at stalls. Plus, you will get to experience how the locals live.
Learn the language before you go
You might often pick up language phrases on your trip, which can sometimes be too late to use if you pick them up on the second to last day. Therefore, learning some of the local languages before you go can help you conversate and speak to more people for the entire trip.
Try an unpopular destination
Going outside of your comfort zone could mean trying somewhere that not many people go. Instead of heading to Spain or the South of France each year, you could try trekking in Peru or travel through Mongolia. Trying new countries that are not on the hot list will likely allow you to experience raw culture and not be surrounded by too many tourists.
Talk to the locals
When you visit a country, it can help you get more from it when you talk to the locals. Asking them about their culture and quizzing them on history and food can help you understand more about them. It will likely help you pick up tips on the best places to visit and experience.
If a tourist in your home country has ever spoken to you and asked for advice, you know how rewarding it feels. Therefore, speaking to locals in your holiday destination will make them feel as fulfilled as you. If you lack the confidence to approach someone in the street, then it can help to talk to locals at the food stalls or at your unusual place of accommodation. Locals will likely always be willing to chat and give you their recommendations.