When thinking about your travel experiences, how often do you push yourself out of your travel comfort zone? And we mean really push yourself, and not just giving up the idea of a hotel room in Spain for a tent in the Isle of Wight.
Travel is all about broadening the mind and doing things that we wouldn’t normally do in our usual environments. But too many of us refuse to step out of our comfort zones, preferring to stick to tried and tested ways of travelling, staying in the usual places, and walking paths that have been well trodden by other tourists.
If you need to do something a little more daring the next time you’re deciding where to go on your travels, consider the following:
Don’t gravitate towards the usual cities or countries you normally go to
Instead, consider somewhere new. You might even travel to a non-English speaking country, as that will give you the incentive to learn a new language, and will force you to think on your feet when you’re interacting with others. Consider these unique travel destinations if you’re stuck for inspiration.
Pack with a sense of adventure in mind
So, if you’re planning on visiting a popular beach resort, pack more than your sunscreen and sunglasses. Think of the water-based activities you might be able to get involved in, from surfing to scuba diving… any one of which is more exciting than sitting on a beach all day. You can buy wetsuits online from Ann’s Cottage, so make the purchase as an incentive to do something different.
And wherever you go, you might want to cut down on your travel beauty essentials. Forget glitz and glamour, as you might want to throw caution to the wind and go climbing, zip wiring, or deep water diving (for example) and you might not do any of these things if you are too fussy about your skincare and your hair!
Plan on doing something new while you’re away
We have already considered some of the activities that you might want to try, but there are other experiences that may yet be unfamiliar to you. When planning where to eat, dare to visit those places that don’t serve foods that you are currently used to. Eating something from this weird food gallery may not be everybody’s idea of tasty fun, but who knows, you might actually enjoy eating something different. And hey, even if you don’t enjoy what you eat, you will at least have the Instagram pics to prove to your friends that you tried something new.
And within your planning, consider accommodation that is against the norm. Hotels, tents, and rented rooms are all well and good, but what about something a little quirkier. You might book a stay in a designated treehouse, or a riverboat, or one of these unusual accommodation ideas. Sure, your stay may not be as comfortable as that in a hotel room, but we are talking about stepping out of your comfort zone, remember?
Do you need to push yourself out of your comfort zone? Could you visit somewhere new, stay in accommodation that doesn’t have room service, and take part in activities that are a little more thrill-seeking than your usual sedate choices? If so, plan your next trip with a sense of adventure in mind, and do something different. The experience could be life-changing!
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