Travel is the ultimate way to enrich the soul and show us a different way of life. It can open your eyes, change your perceptions, and broaden your horizons, and this is why so many of us have fallen in love with travel over the years. There are so many amazing experiences to be had when you go traveling, and if you’re preparing for your first time you’re going to be in for an exciting ride!
There are so many places to visit and things to do, and being away from home gives you a sense of freedom that allows you to get loose and enjoy a different culture. You want to sample everything and soak up all the sights and sounds that magical foreign lands provide, but you need to pace yourself! Here are 7 of the essential things you absolutely must try during your first travel experience.
Getting out and about and indulging in a spot of sightseeing is so essential when you go traveling. There are so many towns and cities in the world with remarkable history and culture, and through excursions, you get to appreciate and understand a little of this. Even if you are staying in the most delightful hotel ever, make sure you step outside and explore everything, where you’re visiting, has to offer.
For example, Paris has so many delightful hotels to live in for a few days, but if you will just stay there for the whole day and do nothing but snuggle down on your pillows and bed, then nothing will come.
Have fun! It’s the best thing to do when you visit a city, right? You didn’t booked a hotel and flights just to sleep in Paris, but you went there for a vacation–to sight see, to explore, take photos, eat the delicacies and experience everything that you can’t do in your hometown.
2. Cook for Yourself
One of the best experiences you can have when you are traveling abroad is to cook for yourself. You might have expected to find ‘Try the Local Cuisine’ in place of this. Well, by preparing for yourself you get the best of both worlds, not to mention enjoying a much more authentic experience as well. And, as a bonus, you will find that it saves you a fair amount of money to boot!
But I’m not saying that you skip the local cuisines, OK?
What I’m saying is, if you’re traveling in a budget and those local foods are too much to handle, then go to the grocery stores and buy your own ingredients. What’s best is to make the local cuisines by yourself! What I always do is, get a taste of the local foods, and try to recreate them at home.
3. Stay in an Airbnb
Hotels are so 2001, are we right?! Well, okay there is still a place for them, but Airbnbs have become much more popular in recent times. And, staying in an Airbnb gives you a much better experience on your travels, as you can live like a local for the duration of your trip. More than 150 million people globally use Airbnb, so you should have no problems finding somewhere in the city you’re planning to visit.
Whether you’re going in Jakarta, Philippines, Mumbai, Dubai or any parts of the world, you’ll definitely see awesome AirBnb rooms in a budget. Sometimes, you are going to bump into some other people where you’ll become buddies and friends.
4. Speaking the Language
If you want a great cultural exchange, you might consider speaking some of the languages while on your travels. The best way to do this, according to 1Cover, is to take a language course before you travel and learn a foreign language. Even a few necessary words would be great to allow you to exchange a few words with locals and have a meeting of minds.
5. Have a Tech-Free Day
We all know how much of a role tech plays in day to day life, but perhaps the trip abroad is the time to curb the usage slightly. Look, it is estimated that 2.5 billion people will own and use a smartphone by 2019, so we’re not expecting you to go the whole trip without one. But, it is essential to try to have a tech-free day at least once, because this will open your eyes to a new way of life.
For example, you might want to try the famous sport fishing. In Canada, you can try the Northern Pike fishing where you can find them in clear, cold and rocky parts of the bodies of water. Just a good fishing rod is what you’ll need, and every rod needs a reel. When you pick a rod and reel combo, though, you need to make sure it’s the right tool for the job. This means taking into account the strength of the rod, its material, the type of reel you have, and the way you’re planning to fish, not to mention where you’ll be fishing in the first place. If your rod gets a problem, then you might want to find a few fishing reel repair parts, or just bring a few extras.
6. Interact With the Locals
Interaction with locals is so meaningful when you go abroad, and we don’t just mean the odd word exchanges. Eat in local restaurants, use local tour guides when you go sightseeing, go to bars where locals hang out. Yes, you need to be careful, and there is plenty of travel safety advice you should definitely follow when you are abroad. But, as long as you are prudent and sensible, you can have an excellent experience interacting with locals.
7. Ride the Public Transport
When you visit a foreign town or city, there is just something about taking the local transport that you just can’t beat. Riding the metro, subway, or local bus lets you rub shoulders with locals, and means you can travel without needing to hire a car. Make sure you research the local transportation before you leave, download the app on your phone, and consider buying a weekly pass while you are there.
These are seven of the most vital things you have to try on your first adventure, as they can make a big difference to your enjoyment of a new experience. If you can think of any more that you feel should be on this list, don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.