Best Things to Do when Travelling in 2017
Travelling the world is an experience that will change you. It’s not as scary or as life threatening as we tell each other it is. You’ll meet new people, fall in love with new cultures, and collect enough crazy stories to last you a lifetime. If you’re about to bark on your life changing adventure, here are a few things to do on the road that will make your trip even more amazing:
1. Try the local cuisine
Never leave a location without trying the local food. Rather that eat at the five star restaurants that the travel guide recommended to you, choose somewhere that is authentically local. Visit the small family restaurants and street vendors. Ask the locals for recommendations and never turn down an opportunity to try a delicacy or a home cooked meal. Keep an open mind and you might discover that you’re a lot more adventurous than you thought you were.
2. Take lots of photographs
You can never have enough photographs and a once in a lifetime trip should never be forgotten. Get a good quality but small camera. That way you can easily carry it around while you travel and can whip it out to snap a pic at any time. Take pictures of anything and everything. Also, don’t just take photographs of the scenery. Although the scenery is beautiful the photographs you’re going to treasure the most are the ones of friends and family. You could book a photography holiday where you will get to take pictures with locals and your your new travel buddies. Make silly faces and don’t worry that your face is sweaty and your hair is greasy. You’re going to be grateful to have those embarrassing photographs when you get back.
3. Get lost
Getting lost is one of the best ways to get an in depth look at what there is to see. Of course, you shouldn’t just wander into the wilderness without a map, but if you’re in a city or town forgo the taxi for a day and talk a walk. Go where the mood takes you. You never know what sort of interesting things you’ll find hidden in away in the places that the guidebook doesn’t talk about. Of course, you should still keep safety in mind, but over planning where you go and when can deny you a lot of great experiences.
4. Try something scary
Doing something scary and new is a great way to help you remember your trip. It doesn’t matter how dangerous it is as long as it’s something you wouldn’t think of doing normally. You’re not looking to put your life in danger. You’re looking to find a story to tell. It could be as big as sky diving, scuba diving or as small as trying candied scorpion. Travelling is all about new experiences and the scary experiences are the first ones you’ll tell your friends about when you get back.
There are so many opportunities to lend a hand while you’re travelling. Doing a bit of charity work here and there can sometimes turn a less than perfect trip into something brilliant and it doesn’t do any harm to leave a trail of good deeds in your wake. You could take part in volunteering programs to help people, animals and the environment in need. You could meet some amazing people when you’re doing good and help change some lives.
6. Improve your language skills
Learning a new language can open up a whole world of opportunities and make the whole traveling experience easier. By knowing a few basic words and phrases it can really help you get around, book accommodation and also make new friends. There are so many options, you could book a Spanish course in Spain, a Portuguese courses in Brazil or a Russian course in Russia!
7. Book a tour
Traveling independently can be amazing, but sometimes it can be lonely and you can miss out on things. By booking a group tour will get to visit new destinations, learn about the history, eat and drink in recommended local restaurants, meet new people and get taken to the best sights. You will also have a lot of fun and get a stress free experience.
8. Stay a little longer
If you have a desire to be more than just a tourist then you might want to consider applying to work abroad or taking a gap year. There are jobs all over the world which can be applied for in-advance on once in your preferred destination. You will get to immerse yourself in a new culture, make money and see spectacular sights in your spare time. Popular options include taking a TEFL certification course and teaching English abroad, working in Australia, becoming a safari guide in Africa or applying for hotel jobs.