Everybody can’t seem to wait and pack their bags and head to the next travel hotspot now that life’s slowly going back to normal. To say that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world would be an understatement. Unsurprisingly, this event has triggered a wave of pondering from people all over the world. The rollercoaster-like year has caused a widespread existential crisis, realizing that life is too short to live the same day twice. That being so, it is finally time for you to wake up and live an intentional life through travel. The most valuable aspects of who you’re going to be will come from life-changing experiences abroad. Thus, make travel rewarding and make the most out of every trip by following these tips.
Tear Up the Plan
When it comes to traveling the magical Madagascar and beyond, you might think it takes months of planning, poring over guidebooks, and choosing cozy lodges to map out the best possible experience once there; and that’s where you’re wrong. Making a itinerary for a trip can be a great way to maximize time and understand what you’re getting into, but sometimes, traveling without a plan is the best plan.
Being spontaneous opens pathways to all kinds of possibilities. You never know who you might meet or what could happen when you head into an unknown direction. Even forgetting to book a tavern can end up being a great travel story and an experience you can learn from. Often it is the unexpected things that we cherish the most from a trip.
Life begins when you move past your comfort zone. This may be a difficult move for new travelers but fear holds you back from truly experiencing life. When you begin to travel fearlessly, you open up to the world, unlocking opportunities to connect with yourself and others. You may not conquer every fear but with every step comes confidence and perspective to be brave and live more. Every moment is an opportunity; allowing fear to take over only results in a missed experience. Moments only happen once, so don’t miss your chance. Come out of your shell. Do things you’ve never done.
When you hit the great open world, experiences are everything and everywhere. Without even trying, you’ll have the most fantastic time; but with travel comes laziness and second-guessing. Saying no will hinder you from making the most out of your trip. So say yes more. It is a very liberating word that can lead to wonderful things if you let it. This breaks old habits, creating a new version of yourself. Start saying yes to adventure; say yes to people; and say yes to impulses.
Put Down Your Phone
We’re living in a society that uses phones on a daily, if not hourly, basis. There’s no problem with staying connected with friends and family, but this phone addiction nevertheless poses a problem when traveling. Additionally, the barrage of shifting and conflicting flow of information around the pandemic and life can be overwhelming. This phone addiction can pull you away from the travel experience. A trip is meant to serve as a way to relieve stress caused by everyday life, and most importantly, enjoy the destination. Be present. Did you travel around the world to check on your friends back home, or did you go for the adventure? So put down your phone and enjoy the view.
Getting the most out of every vacation starts with embracing life as it is. Learn how to admire beauty, be spontaneous, and explore. Don’t let anyone or anything talk you out of taking as much time away from yourself. Taking a vacation isn’t an indulgence, especially in 2021.