This is a collaborative post.
There’s much to love about setting forth on an adventure, but it’s true that things can begin to feel a little “samey” after a while, especially if we’ve been more or less doing the same thing for a while. It’s important to remember, however, that there are always ways to push yourself and get more out of your travels. In this blog, we take a look at a few tips that’ll help to get you out of your comfort zone and all-around improve your trips.
Mix Up The Destinations
It could be that you’ve been visiting the same type of destination for too long. We all have an idea of the type of destinations that we like (for some people, it’s cities, for others, it’s nature, and so on). If you’ve been locked into one type of travel adventure for too long, then you may have forgotten that there are others that exist. The next time you’re planning on taking a trip, look at visiting somewhere different. You’ll be stepping out of your comfort zone somewhat, but that’s the whole point of travelling, sometimes at least.
Learn the Language
It’s just a fact that if English is your only language, then there are limitations to how much you can get out of your travelling experience. As such, why not look at learning a second language? It’s not as difficult as it sounds, yet you’ll find that it opens up many more doors for you. For example, if you were to speak Spanish, you’d feel more confident about eating and drinking in those more local spots in Spain. And if you were to visit South America, you’d have a completely different experience compared to someone who only spoke English. So give it a try: it can be a lot of fun!
It’s also to fall into something of a routine when it comes to travelling. In order to get more from your trips, take a look at getting a different perspective. You can do this in various ways. You can decide to walk around the city, rather than get taxis or public transport. Or you could look for unique views, too. You could argue that the best way to see a city is from an observation deck at the top of a tall building. Slightly shifting your perspective can really impact what you think and experience when you’re travelling, and it’s so easy to do, too.
Away From the Tourist Zone
There is always the temptation to stay in the centre of the tourist zone when you’re visiting somewhere new, since it feels safer and more comfortable there. But there is much to be said for venturing a little further away from the crowds, especially if you’re in a destination that you know is more or less safe. Once you’re in the regular part of town, you’ll have a sense of how people really live. And plus, the food and drinks will be cheaper and of better quality, too.