With 2017 just around the corner you may have started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions, and if one of them is to travel more, then here are eight handy nuggets of advice to help you enjoy your trip more.
HAVE A LOOSE PLAN
Not many people can travel without a set plan, but it’s important to not be too rigid either. Have a rough schedule, with some must-see sights, and then be spontaneous. When you’re flexible it guarantees that you’ll have more fun and more experiences – which is what travelling is all about.
PACK LESS STUFF
Once you’ve set aside everything you want to take with you – reduce it by half! Be ruthless and if you’re unsure about anything then leave it behind. If you find that you’re struggling without that item you can probably buy it on route.
BE AN EARLY RISER
Sunrise has many perks: beautiful photos, fewer crowds and it’s cooler. Wake up early to experience the sunrise, and it’ll inspire you for the rest of your day.
Yes, sometimes you have to rush to catch a ferry or check into your hostel, but it’s also important to take a time out. Get a coffee or drink and sit on a sidewalk or garden and take in the scenery, smells, colours and the people. Slow down and simply enjoy the moment.
LEARN THE LANGUAGE
Try to learn as much of the local language as you can before you arrive at your destination. Not only does it help significantly with getting around but it also shows that you have made the effort, and this usually leads to people being more receptive to you and willing to help you out.
CURIOSITY IS IMPORTANT
Say yes more often than you say no – without putting yourself into a dangerous situation of course. People connect through food, so see what the locals eat and try it, and be impulsive and attempt a new activity.
You will have to wait for a bus and at some point you’ll probably also get lost, but whatever happens it’s important that you’re patient. You can’t control everything and getting worked up won’t make your bus arrive any sooner. Just keep reminding yourself that you’re travelling in an amazing place and enjoy all the experiences that come your way.
TAKE LOTS OF PHOTOS
You may feel like a bit of a tourist, but taking photos will help you remember your experiences. Chances are that you won’t visit the same place again, and even if you do, the scenery will change and the same people won’t be there. But, once you’ve taken the photo, spend time enjoying the view.