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Traveling is a wonderful pursuit for most people. Travel can lend vitality to our daily life, and help us feel more connected to the world around us. It gives us a necessary break from the realities of life in front of us, such as our career or other difficult responsibilities. Travel can also inform us of new cultures, new perspectives, and new worldviews. Lastly, travel doesn’t even have to be that much of an effort either, as traveling to places you love can feel like a dream rather than an activity you must pursue with grit.
That being said, traveling can sometimes become stale. It takes a wise traveler to continually keep your traveling exploits fresh, and worthwhile. After all, it’s not often cheap, and depending on your career you may not have many chances to experience it annually. This is why it’s important to make the most of every chance you get to travel in order to make it worthwhile. This article should help you do that:
How to Keep Traveling Interesting Every Time
1.Expand Your Horizon
When I say expand your horizon, I don’t mean to consider farther destinations. No, I simply mean to consider destinations that you have not previously considered. Sometimes there are interesting travel destinations right under our noses that we have overlooked.
If you wish to increase the frequency of your travels, you don’t have to head to a new country every time. Sometimes heading to Illinois for the Chicago Marriott Schaumburg or renting a penthouse suite in New York could be enough to put you in touch with a new location. One of the fastest ways to experience ‘travel fatigue’ (and wallet fatigue…) is to always make a herculean effort to travel to a far off land every time you have the chance. These closely located vacation destinations needn’t feel like a cop out either, as there are often amazing restaurants, activities and landscapes you haven’t even experienced in your home country.
I lived in Philadelphia for almost 2 years and can still say that I have not explored nearly enough of the city to be bored of it. Why head to another person’s garden (at least all the time,) when you have an amazing one to explore yourself? This can not only inform your understanding of your home country, but afford you a much needed and much convenient trip at the drop of a hat, with limited expense. Next time you get bit by the travel bug, remember that traveling doesn’t always have to far to be fun.
2. Travel with New People
Why not invite new people to come and visit the location with you? This can offer you a wealth of new experiences, as a new personality to experience something with lends freshness and vitality to the experience. If you always go on vacation with your spouse, why not mix it up and invite some friends this time? Just be sure everyone gets along before you make the effort of traveling with one another (vacational arguments are never fun).
However, the person doesn’t need to be the exact same carbon copy of your personality. If you both wish to try new things you will challenge each other, with activities, cuisine and your experiences with the nightlife. If you hope to keep your travels fresh, sometimes heading there with someone who is the necessary muse to your interests can help you both grow together, and experience something the two of you might share. This might mean preceding visiting a place with your best friend like you always do, and instead heading out with a cousin or other relative. Sometimes it is not the destination that makes traveling great, but the people you experience it with.
3.Be Open to New Opportunities
Maybe traveling starts to feel stale because you always follow the same routine every place you visit. Instead of visiting an art museum in every city you visit, why not check out some other interesting sites? If you are not open to experiencing new things, you are likely going to get bored after a while. The reason for this is simply because there is just so much of one thing that you can see before it all starts to feel the same.
When my husband and I were traveling around Italy, we eventually became bored of visiting art museums. If you look up things to do in any city in Italy, it is likely that some type of art museum will be at the top of the list. While all of the artists featured at these museums are very talented, we just were not interested after a while. Places like the car museum in Verona and the Galileo museum in Florence sounded much more interesting to us simply because they were different. Unless you are really passionate about something, you can only take viewing so much of it. Therefore, it is important to be open to new opportunities at different locations, or else you will inevitably get bored of traveling.
4.Schedule Down Time
Trips do not always have to be fully scheduled to be fun. Sometimes, the best memories come from randomly exploring different places. I think it is a great idea to schedule down time every trip you go on. This will not only make planning a trip a lot less stressful. It will also leave room for anything that you discover you would love to do once you arrive.
The down time can be used for several things. For instance, you can use this down time to just walk around the city and see where you end up. Or, you could treat yourself to a refreshment at a local spa. Perhaps, you will stumble into a cafe or bar and enjoy some local food. You could make a new friend that can suggest a place or two that you have to visit. However you spend you down time when traveling is completely up to you and whoever you are traveling with. The down time will free you from any expectations that you may have had for this trip. Perhaps, it will be one of the most memorable parts of traveling for you. The possibilities are endless.
5. Be Spontaneous
Some of the best memories from traveling are those that were unplanned. If you want to keep traveling interesting, you have to be spontaneous sometimes. Otherwise, you would always know what to expect when traveling. What is interesting about that?
There are many ways to be spontaneous when traveling. For instance, your entire trip can be spontaneous. Sometimes airlines offer last minute deals on plane tickets that are incredibly cheap. I remember when my cousin and I spontaneously bought $29 plane tickets from NYC to Albuquerque NM, we had the trip of lifetime. This was one of the most spontaneous trips we ever embarked on, but also one of the most memorable trips. Neither of us knew anything about New Mexico before we visited.
You can also be spontaneous while you are on your trip. Perhaps, someone offers you free tickets to a show or tour. Or, maybe you find out that there is a concert or event going on in the local area. Instead of passing on these types of opportunities, why not be spontaneous and attend them. Who knows what kind of memories you will make? This is an excellent way to keep traveling interesting and fun.
There is no right or wrong way to travel. However, there are ways to ensure that your trip is always interesting. With these tips, you’ll find that your travels take on a new and unique atmosphere every time. This will allow you to keep being bitten by the travel bug time and time again with little worry about how fun a trip will be.
While on the topic of traveling, check out this recent post from my friend Elle at La Beute. She is sharing 10 Essentials for Traveling in the Winter 🙂