At some point in life, it becomes so essential to break the routine, move out of your comfort zone, discover new people, new lives and also some new dreams. I would repeat it over and over again: Make your own journey. Experience all that the world can offer. Smile. And how do you do all of it? Take time out to Travel. Going just about a village, a city, a country or a continent isn’t the only thing that makes your phase of a voyage unbeaten. Don’t most of us just do that? We eat what we have been eating for a long time, we stopover at the standard well-liked tourist spots, we don’t make friends because we are rather involved with our own group of people and we don’t experiment. That’s where we lack: We don’t set loose.
James A. Michner has a famous quote that says: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion, and avoid the people, you might better stay home.”
Understand it over again. This is so accurate and real. But, if you’re here, reading this little post, I’ll give you a few ideas that you should open your heart and mind out to and then what you’ll set out for wont be a trip or a vacation; it will be an expedition, a passage, an experience.
- Try to plan on staying at a place for quite some time. I know that’s not too feasible these days but don’t run from one end to another because of the lack of time. Try to find your peace. Even four days in a particular location is good enough for that.
- Read about your destination but don’t make a set plan for each and every moment. It’s excellent to know what all places you should cover while on the journey but at times its also good not to know too much and let your instincts build up some existent stories for you.
- Melt in the culture. Why not try and wear something the local people exhibit? Expand your mind’s eye. Be an element of another world at least for some time.
- Eat the local food. Seek as much as you can. It might be horrific but then it might also turn out to be scrumptious. In either case, food helps you connect with a place. So, go to some nice local restaurants and eat. Eat a lot.
- Talk to people all the time. You might be on an outing with your closest friends or your lover or your entire family. But, take the initiative to meet new people from different parts of the world. Make friends. Smile at them. Converse about their culture, thoughts, lifestyle and prior travel accounts and share your part as well.
- Learn a few words or sentences of the native language. Even a language encompasses the culture of a region. If you meet the local people, ask them to teach you handy little words. Try and use them. Embrace every language you come across. If you’re too lazy, even two sentences will do.
- Walk through the local street and market. Do a lot of walking when you’re somewhere away from home. It helps you slow down to sense the atmosphere and the splendor of a place.
- Another good advice out here is to use the public transport more than the luxurious cabs. Traveling in metro rails and buses adds on to your familiarity of a place. Do it at least once while you’re there. If you get lost or reach the wrong destination, it’s going to be even better.
- Explore. Go to lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs or bars. Read travel blogs or first-person accounts of travelers about that place and strive to traverse some of the less known yet magnificent sites. Take unfamiliar routes. Watch the sunrise and the sunset. As I said, explore!
- The last groovy idea on this list is to make yourself acquainted to the local art. You can check out some dance or drama performances, read significant literary works and most of all, buy souvenirs that can always take you back to your travel; singular, exceptional and lovely souvenirs.
So, this time when you design your vacation, make it more worthwhile. Let it become a piece of your spirit.