Travel Gone Stale? Keep It Fresh By Doing Things Differently!
January 24, 2017
*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. Featured photo from Pixabay.
Vacations give the perfect opportunity to experience something new. You’re in a new place, with new things to do and see. Travel broadens the mind because it exposes you to so many new things! Even so, it’s possible to fall into a slump.
If you travel often, you can start to follow the same patterns. We are, after all, creatures of habit. Are your travel experiences blurring into one? Have you stopped learning new things from the places you visit? It’s time to make a change.
All you need to do to start learning again is open your eyes and make an effort to do things differently. Here are a few ideas that should help!
You may be traveling to different places, but do you always book a hotel? If you’re staying in similar places in each location, is it any wonder things feel the same? Next time, think about where you could stay instead. Why not get at one with nature by embarking on a camping trip?
You’re sure to see things in a different way when you’re sleeping under the stars. Or, you could try a hostel. This may not be the most comfortable experience, but it’s a sure way to meet some interesting characters!
Or, see if there are any AirBnBs where you’re going. What better way to experience a new culture than staying in the home of a local family?
If exploring new cultures has lost its glamour, you may need to explore in a different way. Why not get sporty during your next vacation? Your view of a country will be completely different if you spend the trip hiking.
Or, you could see a country underwater by stocking up on water sports accessories and taking to the sea! The options for sports are never ending. Take a look at what's available in each country and make your choice. You could even cycle cross-country and see the sights that way!
Why not take a road trip, and see more of a country than you usually would? Road trips are a fantastic way to see a country in its entirety. If getting to grips with one community no longer takes your fancy, take the chance to get to grips with many!
Road trips can also be a lot of fun and have therapeutic qualities of their own. There’s something about driving on the open road that can clear those cobwebs from your mind!
The more you involve yourself in the experience of travel, the more you’ll gain from it. Try to learn the language of the country and talk with as many locals as possible. People from different places have a lot to teach each other. You'll miss out on a lot if you don't learn a little of the language.
Get involved in the community by getting your face seen. If you get friendly enough with locals, you may even be invited to parties and events!