Travelling the world is one of the most amazing experiences you can ever take part in. The globe is teeming with interesting people to meet and fantastic destinations to visit. So here’s our top travel tips for amazing adventures.
Take it in
One of the best ways to understand what a place is like is to take a step back and observe it from afar. Plonk yourself down on a bench or a water fountain and watch the world go by for an hour or so. You’ll be surprised at just what you will notice and see around you, in comparison to just whisking through the area in a taxi, for example.
It is very easy for us to get comfortable just talking to fellow travellers but to get the most out of your experiences talk to the locals. English is spoken pretty much everywhere, or if not, a few gestures or even pictures on your phone can get your point across. Many different cultures are proud of their surroundings and family, and may show you different attractions way off the beaten tourist path.
Let’s be honest, it can cost a lot of money to travel the world unless you are working to pay your way or using CouchSurfing sites. Travelling on a budget is a necessity if you want to keep going, but don’t forget to treat yourself. Spend some money on transport, hire private jet charters, stay at a hotel or simply have a large meal. Any of these will give you a boost and keep you motivated.
Do not be put off by taking photos. Yes, you will look like a tourist, but essentially you are. Memories are fantastic, but they cannot be substituted for a fantastic photograph that you can show your friends and family. On the point of photographs and data generally. Make sure you backup often. You never know if you are going to break, lose or have stolen that expensive laptop or camera. Your tech is expensive, but your data and memories are priceless.
Keep a travel diary, firstly this helps with regards to keeping track of travel arrangements. It also provides a fantastic daily log if where you were and the people you met. You can even describe how the area smelt.
If you know the name of where you are staying and have money on you then you are good to go. Make it a point to get lost, explore everything. No point is truly unreachable and if all else fails and you lose track of where you are. Hail, a taxi, give them your hotel name and your back to civilisation.
Yes you are on your holidays, but where possible try and wake up as early as possible. Firstly this gives you first go at a buffet should your accommodation offer such a thing but the main reason is that the place you are visiting will be abandoned. You will be able to visit all the major attractions with the minimum of crowds.