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.
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!
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.