Are You Travelling the Right Way?

By Hand On The Hip - Priya Raghuveer - 8/13/2018

OK, first of all, we have to admit that there is no such thing as travelling “the right way,” but it is true that many people can fall into doing the same kinds of things when they’re on their getaways. As such, it’s always a good idea to mix things up every now and again. The result will be that you’ll have a trip that’s more in line with your interests, pushes you out of your comfort zone, and gets you off the beaten path. Below, we take a look at a few ideas to incorporate into your next travel adventure.


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Goodbye Big Hitters


There is room in the luggage for a guidebook, but it shouldn’t be treated as a bible for your destination. After all, what they count as “unmissable” may be of no interest to you. If you were to visit New York, they’d say that the Metropolitan Art Museum would be an essential visit, but what if you didn’t have any interest in art? You’d just be wasting a few of your precious hours in a remarkable city. Take a look at the top ten attractions of your destination, and put a line through the ones you know you don’t really care for.


Off The Beaten Path


Visit enough cities, and you’ll see that most tourists seem to congregate in the same old places. There’s nothing wrong with this exactly, but what if everyone’s just following each other? To make your trip your own, get off the beaten path a little. Get a set of wheels from a company like No Birds car hire, and you’ll have the freedom to explore a much bigger area. There might be something fantastic located just away from the centre that you would never have seen if you only had your two legs and public transport to get you from A to B.


Slow Moving


We know that travel time can be limited, but there’s a case against cramming in as much stuff as possible. If you try to pack in one hundred activities into a few days, you might see everything, but you’ll have experienced nothing. Instead, slow things down. Even if you only have limited time, spend your time doing a couple of things rather than many. This’ll also help prevent your trip from becoming overly stressful, too.


Local Life


You might travel to escape your everyday life, but it’s worthwhile experiencing another person’s everyday life sometimes. Wherever you’re travelling to, make an effort to interact with the locals a little bit. Most people will be happy to talk to you, providing you have a shared language, and you’ll learn much more about the place you’re visiting. If you’re able to travel when a popular local event or festival is taking place, then even better.


As we said at the beginning of the article, all travelling is good, really. But there are ways you can make it more interesting for yourself, and ensure each trip is different from the last.


P.S. This post is a collaborative post and is not written by Hand On The Hip.

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