I don’t believe there is a “right” way to travel and I think everyone should be free to travel how they wish.
Aside from that, one thing’s for sure: if you want your trips to be more real and authentic and if you feel like you need to improve your travel experience, you should definitely make yours some concepts!
10. CHOOSE UNEXPECTED DESTINATIONS
Step outside your comfort zone and don’t choose only ordinary or conventional vacations. Exposing yourself to unfamiliar situations and new experiences can help you gain new perspectives on your everyday life and a new attitude toward problems.
Don’t waste your holidays musing about what you want to do or running from one place to another. Having a plan of things to do before the holidays start can help you to have something to look forward to.
The internet may not be available for you when you get there, so if you have something planned you will avoid feeling frustrated about wasting precious time when you travel.
8. GET LOST!
Usually the most memorable experiences happen when you happen upon places that you did not expect to find. The benefit of planning before the travel is the possibility to be spontaneous and worry free while away. By turning left instead of right you’ll discover places you didn’t know existed, from fascinating neighborhood to quiet little squares that undoubtedly will become favorite finds.
7. BE AN EARLY BIRD
I know, I like to sleep a lot too, but if you made the plans to travel during the peak season then you’ll have to be an early bird to ensure a happy journey. You’ll beat all the slow moving families and save countless hours in queues (and stress).
6. EMBRACE CULTURE
Explore the culture of a place—whether it’s by learning history, admiring architecture, relishing the arts or appreciating the magical moments
of everyday life: feel the air, the sunbeams, the smiles of the people, hear the sounds, see the beauty and variety of the sights.
Take in all that is lovely and appreciate the experience of being there.
5. TRY FOOD
Try something new. Even if you end up hating it, at least you tried and put yourself out there. Local dishes are the window to another culture. To me, food is an essential part of the travel experience.
4. LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Learning the language gets you connected to your surroundings more easily, and it also tells the locals that you respect their culture. I have the habit of learning at least the world ‘hello’, ‘thank you’, and ‘excuse me’ in every country I visit.
3. TAKE PHOTOS AND NOTES
You don’t want those amazing moments to go unnoticed, so take as many photos as you want without worries! When you travel to new places and meet new people, you may often get new ideas or reframe some problems that you may have. Writing down your thoughts and ideas can be very productive, especially for travel bloggers.
2. BE RESPECTFUL
It’s easy to forget that new places you visit are actual places and not theme parks. Cities around the world have other interests than satisfy to your needs and it’s important to respect that. Don’t judge other cultures, be open minded and respectful of people’s opinion, see value in everyone.
With this suggestion you’ll improve your travel experience, but mostly you’ll become a better person.
1. BE CURIOUS
When you let yourself become a kid again, you enjoy the experience in a more child-like manner and see things in a different way, with much more curiosity, and that’s the key to improve your travel experience.
The main thing to keep in mind while trying to gain a more authentic experience is to be curious, and seek the opportunities around you as if you lived there yourself and were trying to become more accustomed to the city.