6 exciting ways to push your travel limits
Traveling enriches our minds and opens up a lot of possibilities to us. But if you keep yourself within your limits and not go further, you might miss other more valuable opportunities and experiences. And now we ask you, when was the last time you’ve went beyond your comfort zone?
First off, what’s your comfort zone and how can step out of it? If you find yourself going to the same destinations, same cities and same places for the past years, that means you’re enclosing yourself from a hundred more ways to enjoy yourself in a local destination or foreign land.
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Go alone (or step away from your group)
You’ve been planning on going to the same places, with the same people while at the back of your head, you’ve always wanted to try some place new but none of your friends want to—what do you do?
Maybe it’s finally time to go on a solo trip. If you don’t happen to see yourself traveling solo, go with a group of friends. Then once in every trip try to step away from the group and roam around your location by yourself, of course while keeping safety and security as utmost priority.
You’ll get to spend more time with yourself; alone with your thoughts, experience things you wouldn’t otherwise try with your friends or family, and the likes. We know, it can be a little intimidating and daunting but once you try it, you’ll realize how rewarding the experience is.
Get to know the locals
Hey, don’t just travel with your eyes, travel with your mouth as well—talk to people especially the locals to know more about where’s the best place to indulge in authentic local snacks, places to relax and people watch and how to have fun.
Break the barrier and stir up a conversation with the hotel staff at the place you’re staying, with the cab drive or your waiter. Thru communication, you’ll gain more than what the sights of the city offers; and it could probably be the best part of your adventure—connecting with different people and gaining new perspectives towards them and their city.
Don’t be afraid to ask stupid questions or sound stupid for that matter. You’re a traveler, it’s okay to be clueless and unfamiliar with how the location’s transportation works. Don’t be too timid to go and ask some people. Remember, you’re not the first to be in this situation.
Do something that scares you
Again, not implying you start skydiving on a whim. You’ve locked yourself inside your box; always trying the same restaurants, going to the same places, doing the same activities. Why don’t you check out a new restaurant or eat their local street food?
What scares you? If it’s getting lost—throw the map and put your smartphone in your pocket. If it’s the language barrier—learn a few basic phrases. If it’s the cultural differences—read about your destination’s cultures and traditions. If you’re not good socially—try approaching new people. Yes, it scares you, but it’s also exciting and pushes you beyond your boundaries.
Create exciting experiences and memories
Skip the beach, plan and do some unusual yet extraordinary trips! As a traveler, you should research and know beforehand which places you ought to go. Skip the tourist route and create your own itinerary of the must-visit places less traveled.
If you’ve been in the country before and have visited the tourist spots, maybe it’s a great idea to visit the lesser known spots the next time you travel there.
Just pack and go!
No buts and what ifs—just pack your things and go make your own adventure. Take your much-needed break off work and gift yourself a much deserved spontaneous trip to a destination on your bucket list. No hesitations or second thoughts, just book that flight or start the engine on go on the trip of your life.
Just don’t forget to pack everything you need and research prior to your trip. Okay? Now, go!
About the author: Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for Kims Luxury Accomodation & Romantic Getaways in Toowoon Bay NSW Australia.