A good trip to a new place is like food for the soul. However, it is essential to keep a few things in mind in order to make the most of the experience without getting too overwhelmed. Whether you are someone who travels solo or with friends or family, here are some things that you should be mindful about:
1. Things may go off-plan
No matter how much planning you do before the trip, chances are that something or the other goes wrong. There may be delays in flights; you may have incorrect train schedules; you might mistakenly take a wrong bus and reach some completely unknown place; sudden change in weather might cancel some things for the day. But regardless of what happens when you’re there, do not allow such things to mess up your experience. Instead, turn it into a good thing by staying positive and coming up with a better impromptu plan. And that might just become one of the most fun and memorable trips of your life.
2. Be respectful of the country you are in
Every place has its own culture and it is completely unethical to be disrespectful about it. One of the most common examples for this is bargaining for stuff that you shouldn’t really bargain for. Travelling is expensive and some things might be overpriced, but you should know where you can bargain and where you can’t. Similarly, if you are in a place where modesty and politeness is key, make sure you wear appropriate clothing. You are a guest in a foreign place, so stay aware and respectful of its culture. There are many other such examples. Remember that you are representing your own country and avoid such unethical behaviour.
3. Try to learn a bit of the local language
If you are in a country whose language you can’t speak, try to learn some of it. You don’t have to be fluent. But the locals will really appreciate it if you know a few simple greetings or how to tell them that you can’t speak their language. This will help in preventing miscommunication and also make your trip much easier and fun.
4. Learn some unknown facts about the places you visit
People often depend completely on guidebooks to learn about the places they visit. Although those books point you towards the best attractions, they don’t contain the hidden gems that aren’t very popular but are definitely worth exploring. So, apart from going to the famous places, make sure to take some time out and get the locals’ opinion about other interesting things worth visiting. This will make your journey even more exciting and memorable.
5. Don’t include too much in the itinerary
There may be some days when you have extra time even while covering up the places you thought of visiting. In those days, don’t add too many things to do and cram your schedule. Use that time to stay longer in the places you visit and take in as much of the surroundings as you can. Some peaceful reflections and relaxed time is always good. You don’t have to rush to cover more places. Stay where you are a little longer and enjoy it thoroughly.
6. Savour the local dishes
No matter where you go, you will always find McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, and so on. But don’t just stick to these. Focus on exploring and trying the local cuisine. Some of it might seem too weird (like a grasshopper in Thailand), but it is a great way to have an authentic experience. Go beyond your comfort zone a little and try new dishes.
7. Explore things out of town
There are many places where the best attractions are not in the city, but somewhere out of town, just one or two hours’ drive away. Explore the city, but also make sure to keep some time to get out of town and really take in the local life and culture.
8. Purchase locally
Give back to the places you visit by buying goods from the locals. For most of them, that is the only way they make a living, so support them and express your gratitude. The big stores in malls can be found everywhere, but the authentically crafted goods are worth so much more.
Keep these things in mind and you will always have the best experience, no matter where you go. And if you are planning your next trip, check out the amazing tour packages on our site. Let us be a part of your travel plans and you won’t regret it.