How to get more out of travelling

There’s a world outside your window, and countless memories are yours for the taking if you approach it the right way. Whether you’re a fearless adrenaline junkie or an archetypal beach bum, there are certain universal things that all travellers should do when they’re seeing the world. Here are a just a few to bear in mind the next time you’re planning to grab your passport.

Window seat view

Source: Pixabay

Savour every moment after stepping off the plane

First impressions are just as important when you’re visiting a new country, as they are when you’re meeting a new person. Although you’ll usually have a fair amount of time in which to explore your chosen destination, it’s in those first few moments when you step off the plane and into the airport before beginning the journey to your accommodation, when you should be really focusing on taking in the spirit of the place. By all means, give your relatives a call to let them know you’re safe, or perhaps even take a quick Instagram shot. Just don’t let yourself become glued to your phone for too long; open your eyes and allow yourself to be amazed by what you can see, hear, smell and feel.

Embrace the “tourist” label
A lot of people these days (men in their twenties with top knots and too many festival wristbands spring to mind!) will totally resent being called a “tourist”, rather than a “traveller”. Sure, there are some areas where the culture has been totally smothered by a booming tourist trade. However, if being a tourist means wanting to see all the attractions and historical sites that make a place what it is, what’s wrong with that? Think outside the box by all means, but don’t limit your experience too much by avoiding activities that you deem to be too “touristy”. You may miss out on the highlight of the trip without even knowing it!

Treat yourself

Travel is one of the most worthwhile and fulfilling ways to spend your life, but there’s one big, obvious downside: it’s expensive! Due to this, a lot of avid travellers will try to scrimp on whatever possible, allowing themselves to see more locations than they would otherwise. However, putting aside some money to treat yourself will add one more memory to the trip, and allow you to see another side to the country during your visit. Whether it’s an overnight stay at a world-famous hotel, or a whole week of indulgence at a dreamy retreat like the lavish Luxury Catered Chalet Zybeline in Méribel, France, don’t be afraid to splurge the cash if it means adding a taste of the good life to your travels.

Go and watch a sporting event, a play or a concert

Watching a sporting event, theatrical production or musical performance is another great way to immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You may brush this off as something you can do any time, anywhere, but seeing a football match in Rio or an opera in Rome will be worlds apart from watching a home football game or catching a show in your local theatre or arena. Find out what’s on during your trip and treat yourself to a ticket!

This is a collaborative post.

22 Comments

  1. garethtorrance
    May 25, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Going to watch a play or a concert is a very good idea! It can really get you some experience of the local culture!

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:26 pm

      I haven’t been to the theatre in ages, must change that soon as I really enjoy it.

  2. May 25, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    These sound like some great ways to embrace travelling, I think we often don’t like to be labelled as a tourist but really it’s great sometimes it’s even fun to be a tourist in your local area.

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:25 pm

      Yes, that’s true. There are some things that you just ‘have’ to see when you visit a certain place, no matter how touristy they may be.

  3. May 25, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Travelling is expensive like you said but it is rewarding. Plus it is nice to treat yourself once in a while. I would like to travel again this summer x

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:23 pm

      I’m off to Bulgaria next month 😀 So excited!

  4. May 26, 2017 / 11:21 am

    I totally agree, often the touristy things are great fun to do!

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:22 pm

      I like to have a balance of general touristy things to do, and some lesser known places to see.

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Me too; planning is part of the fun for me 🙂

  5. May 26, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    For many years I didnt really travel but have so made up for it in the past 2 years!
    I love being a tourist and make sure I see ALL the sights.
    I have plans for 3 trips this year already x

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:21 pm

      Wow, three trips this year – where will you be going?

  6. May 26, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    I totally love this post and actually am bookmarking it for our summer getaways. I want hubby to read it too as it is definitely a good read. Thank you for this informative post. xx

  7. alisonrost
    May 27, 2017 / 2:22 am

    Such wonderful advice about savoring every moment. In such a short time, the vacation will be nearing an end and you don’t want to have any regrets about things you could have/should have done x

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      Definitely! I try to plan ahead to make sure I know where I want to go when I visit a particular destination, and then when I get there I can just focus on enjoying myself.

  8. Dannii
    May 27, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I love doing something like watching a sporting event when travelling. It’s good to spend time with the locals.

    • May 27, 2017 / 10:19 pm

      Me too, getting to know the locals is an important part of travelling for me.

  9. May 28, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    I love travelling, and make sure that whenever I’m saving money, I always put some away to really enjoy myself on my travels x

    • May 28, 2017 / 11:57 pm

      It’s a good idea to do that, I need to get into the habit of saving more regularly!

Leave a Reply