How to experience travel freedom and enjoy your trip
Research has it that when it comes to vacations and trips, people are mostly happiest when looking forward to the trip, not when they are actually on it. While this is debatable, there are things you can do to take the happiness all the way through the trip and have an amazing experience. This article has discussed ways you can experience travel freedom, have fun and enjoy the trip more than just the destination.
David Archuleta once wrote, “I made up my mind not to care so much about the destination, and simply enjoy the journey.” Many travelers have since agreed that the trip itself can be even more exciting than the destination. But first;
Managing your expectations will help you.
Now, the perfect thing to do here is to have low expectations about your trip. If you have too much expectation, there are chances that you will get disappointed after experiencing the slightest setback.
Research shows that Denmark has people that are among the happiest in the world. Their happiness has been attributed to their low expectations of what is going to come. So, they are pleasantly surprised when all the unexpected good things happen.
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” That was Alexander Pope, but while this is often the case, the idea here is not that you shouldn’t get excited and plan your trip. Just hope that the tour is going to be fun rather than expecting that it is going to be the most excellent trip in your entire life. This can open your mind, and you can even have another fun plan B, that is, in the case of things deviating from what you anticipated.
What do you pack?
You will have to take some time and think you will actually need. Decide whether you will need your devices, say, your iPhone, MacBook Air, et cetera. You probably will want to use your phone to take pictures. It is easy to disable your email such that new emails don’t keep disturbing you all day.
Packing involves making decisions that can easily tire you out even before you set off. You can solve this by using a packing list. You don’t want to notice you forgot essential items like your bathing suit, toothbrush, or makeup remover.
Many a time when planning to go on vacation, especially alone, you can get scarred a little bit because, first, you don’t know what’s out there and what difficulties you might face.
Freya Stark is quoted to have once said that, “to awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”
While most people prefer going on vacations with companions, say, family or friends, making trips alone can be fun. While on your own, you have travel freedom as you can experience whatever happens while on your trip without distractions.
As a matter of fact, when with a crew, you will tend to have a sense of connection and familiarity which often create a “me and them” mentality. Most times you are on your best behavior and you fail to be your true self. This can prevent you from having as much fun as you would have while alone. There are some ways you can experience travel freedom while alone on the trip;
• Find and stay in those places that meet your needs.
Stay in the best hotel that you can afford. Find a nearby restaurant or bar that will be comfortable for you and enjoy the nightlife.
• Find a room that suits you.
While alone, you can easily voice your concerns. Speak up if you want a room with natural light or some view. Would you fancy a room with a bath and breakfast included in the morning?
• Talk to the locals.
Now, one of the best ways to experience the local life that other travelers would rarely experience is by talking to the natives. After all, you are traveling on their land so start making friends with them, and this will prove to a lot of fun. You will notice that people often enrich travels more than sights.
• Take photographs.
Remember that you are probably going to meet these people and see these people once in, hopefully, a lifetime. Take plenty of photos that will give you the memories.
Photographs are often the ultimate souvenir.
You went out on a trip, and you don’t have any photos of you in the camera? That is a little bit daunting.
Ask someone to take photos for you or just set a timer; put the camera down and try being goofy in front of it like you are crazy. Do some jump shots. Be comfortable as you are alone after all, and have fun.
You will experience the interior parts of the town by visiting them, and you will have a better experience going on foot without necessarily knowing exactly where you are headed. However, before you begin, it would be wise if you write down the name of the place you are staying (say, the name of the hotel) in case you need a taxi back.
There is no reason to be scared too much about getting into dangerous neighborhoods because the natives will often warn you in case of anything. Remember that, “sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” So be bold. Get lost.
Some more tips that can save you disappointments and frustrations while on the trip.
Before going on vacation, consider buying travel insurance.
While most people think that travel insurance involves only medical protection, it involves way more than that.
For instance, if you lose your laptop, break your camera, or you lose a relative, and you need to fly back home urgently, your insurance will come in handy. Travel insurance is just a few dollars a day.
Back up your stuff.
Imagine if you lost your bag with your visas, passport, and cash. It is wise to keep relevant documents and, of course, your photographs backed up. Specifically, have both physical and digital copies of your visas, passport, driver’s license, significant phone numbers, birth certificate, among other essential documents.
You can back up your photographs and documents in some external hard drive or online using software like Backblaze.
Among the best ways to experience the freedom of traveling is keeping an open mind. The last thing you want to do while on the trip is starting to judge the local lifestyles. Listen to their opinions even if you don’t agree with them. Embrace various opportunities, interests, suggestions, and people. Be free; ask questions, you will be surprised how much you will learn this way.
Don’t forget to stash some extra cash.
This move will save you during emergencies, for instance, if you lose your pouch or wallet, the ATMs run out of money or the credit cards have a problem.
Stash some cash in, for example, your socks, in a toiletry bag, or in the frames of your backpack. The bottom line is, stash some money.
Hopefully, you have gained some insights on how to experience travel freedom from this article. So, don’t be scared, go ahead plan your trip and experience the journey. Have fun.