I’m back with another collaborative wanderlust post for you guys!!
Travel is one of the most amazing things in the world, not least because there really is no right or wrong way to do it. Two people could go to the exact same place and have to entirely different experiences depending on who they are and what they wanted to get out of it. Most of us find that the type of travel that we prefer is one where we take on the “tourist” role. Not quite belonging to a place and only really scratching the surface of what a place has to offer. For a lot of people, this is enough, however, if you’re interested in digging a little deeper, here are a few things that you can try to experience some serious travel.
Get stuck into the culture
One of the things that a lot of people miss out on when they take a vacation to a certain place is the “real” experience. They tend to skirt around the edges of a place, getting hints of what it’s like but only through the lens of a slightly watered down and curated “tourist” experience. If you want to take your traveling to another level, why not embrace the culture of the place where you’re visiting. Go to places that aren’t tourist attractions, find some language learning software and learn to talk to the locals in their native tongue, experience all of the weird and wonderful things that the place has to offer. Sure, it can be a bit scary to do this, but you’ll get so much more out of it than if you just sat around in a resort all day.
Go off the map
The limits of a place are pretty clear and specific when you’re there as a tourist. There are the places that you should go, and then there are the places that only those who live there know about. Well, if you want the real experience, why not go outside of those limits and see what the place you’re visiting is really like? Sure, it’s not going to be totally different, but getting to see a country when it’s not trying to put on some kind of mask or performance for the benefit of tourists is a really remarkable experience. You get to see wild and exciting natural sights and people simply going about their daily lives in a world that probably feels completely alien to you. Spend some time outside of the boundaries of the “tourist” areas, talk to the locals, learn about the place that you’re visiting. Not only will you have an amazing adventure but you’ll come home with a much greater respect for that place than you ever could have had sitting around on a beach chair all day.
Of course, you don’t have to take a trip like this. There really is nothing wrong with only wanting to use travel as an opportunity to relax and enjoy beautiful places as a way to escape from work and all of the other stresses in life for a little while. No matter who you are or what kind of travel you enjoy, the world is out there, and it’s just waiting for you to reach out and grab it!
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