It’s always fun to pack a bag and set forth on an adventure. You’ll be throwing off the bowlines of the everyday, meeting new people, and seeing fascinating sights — and what’s not to love about that? However, while there’s nothing wrong with taking the same kind of trips, it is possible that they can begin to feel a little old after a while. So why not look at breathing some life into your trips? There are plenty of things you can do that’ll have you falling back in love with traveling. Incorporate the tips outlined below, and you might just find that you end up creating plenty of life-long memories.
Throw a Dart
The world is a big and beautiful place, but if you speak to enough people, what you’ll eventually find is that they seem to go to the same handful of destinations. New York, London, Paris, and the like are indeed worth a visit, but there are plenty of other fascinating spots out there. It’s just that they’re not overly promoted or discussed. The next time you feel like going on an adventure, consider throwing a dartboard at a map of the world (unless your darts aim is perfect, of course). This will be unlikely to work at the first time of asking (since you might hit water/a country that’s not possible to visit), but eventually, you’ll land on a country that seems reasonable. People have all kinds of reasons for visiting a country, but yours will simply be down to fate.
Different Destination Types
After you’ve visited a few different places in your life, you’ll probably naturally develop a preference for the type of destination that you like to visit. Every time it comes to taking a trip, you might find that you’re visiting a variation of the same type of place (say, a beautiful area, or a cosmopolitan city). Moving forward, why not look at mixing things up, and visiting a different type of place? Traveling is all about stepping out of your comfort zone, after all. Once you’ve tried a new type of place and enjoyed it, there’ll be a whole new world of traveling options presented to you.
Set a Budget
One of the magical things about traveling is that it can be done on any type of budget. Even places that are thought of as expensive destinations, such as New York, can be visited with minimal funds in the bank. The reason why traveling ends up hurting our bank balance is that it’s all relative; we stretch our budget so that we can do as much as possible. As a challenge, you could set a budget for your trip, and then make it work, by any means necessary. This can make a trip more interesting, and — just as importantly — will have you returning home with your bank balance in check. You’ll also discover that you can make just about everything work, no matter how much cash you have with you.
Walking in History
What if you could take a trip to not only another country, but also to another time? If you choose a destination that’s jam-packed with history, then you’ll be able to have a traveling experience that’s more layered than your usual “week-long trip away.” Take a trip to Rome, or London, or any other city that has a long and illustrious history, and discover how the modern blends with the historical.
Attend an Event
You can travel just to discover a region, or you can travel to attend a world-class event. Then, it’s the event that takes star-billing, though the host city usually provides a welcome backdrop to the fun. The type of event you attend will depend on your interests. For example, you could attend one of the world’s biggest and best music festivals. Sports fans may want to book a trip to the 2020 NHL playoffs or try to snag tickets to the Super Bowl or the FIFA World Cup Final. You’ll find that this kind of trip adds something that other travels cannot. They’re exciting, there’s always a great atmosphere, and it can sometimes feel like you’re watching — or even playing a part in — history unfolding before your eyes.
Pick a Theme
There are plenty of places you can visit, and just wait for the magic to begin. For example, if you visit New York, then you don’t have to work very hard to be entertained: it’s just a deeply enjoyable city. However, there are other options beyond just turning up and seeing what a destination has to offer. One fun way to travel is to pick a theme. For example, if you’re a food lover, then you could elect to take a food tour of Italy. If you love literature, then you could follow Hemingway’s steps through France and Spain (and many other countries around the world: he was a well-traveled man). This approach helps you to dive deep into a topic that you’re interested in, and can provide a view of the world that not many people get.
Visiting Friends and Family
There are more people than ever before living in places other than where they grew up. This, after all, is truly a globalized world. It has never been easier to find work overseas and make the move. And while that’s exciting for the people that pack up their belongings and move to another country, it’s arguably just as exciting for the friends and family they leave behind, because they get to visit them. So the next time you’re thinking about making a trip, have a think of all those friends and members of your family who moved away. When you visit them, you won’t just get a chance to catch up; you’ll also be able to see their new home from the insider’s perspective. There’ll be no tourist restaurants or rookie errors for you when you have a local showing you around.
We usually think of traveling as an activity that just involves spending nights in hotels, seeing sights, and so on. But actually, there are a million and one different ways to travel. One such alternative option that you may not have considered is volunteering. There are websites that can connect you with locals around the world that need help in form or another. In exchange for a few hours of work, you’ll be given room, board, and also gain a unique view of the destination. Plus, this is a highly affordable way to see the world, which makes it a great option when the bank balance is beginning to look a little depleted.
Try a New Activity
We can think of vacation time as a period to relax, but it doesn’t have to be. Indeed, you can use your travels as a way to try new and exciting activities that you can’t engage in when you’re at home. For example, you could try your hand at skiing, scuba diving, or mountain biking. A walking holiday is a little less adrenaline inducing, but can be highly rewarding.
Go by Yourself
Finally, why not consider taking your next trip by yourself? We always tend to go with others, which is, of course, fun, but it’s a different experience when you go by yourself. You’ll be a little nervous, sure, but those nerves will quickly disappear when you get into the swing of things. And you might just find that it’s more exciting, and that you’re more capable than you realized.