24 Things To Enrich Your Journey

24 Things To Enrich Your JourneyAdventure and cultural insights can be found almost anywhere. How you decide to travel (your mindset) and what you decide to do is far more important than where you decide to go and what you intend to see. Thinking in terms of “doing” rather than “seeing” will enhance that most vital, often elusive, dimension to your travels: depth.

1# PARTICIPATE IN A FESTIVAL

Don a costume and join a Brazilian samba school, get sauced at a tomato-throwing melee or covered in coloured dye at Holi.

2# LEARN A LANGUAGE

Break the ice by speaking Mongolian or bargaining in Hindi. Private and group lessons are a bargain in many countries.

3# GO ON A SAFARI

Get out of the minivan and view the wildlife on foot, from a canoe, or even from the back of an elephant.

4# BARGAIN AT THE MARKET

Practice your language skills, meet some locals and get a good price all at the same time.

5# TAKE A LITERARY JOURNEY

Connect the sites from your favourite foreign book or follow in the footsteps of an author.

6# RIDE A BICYCLE

They’re available for rent in almost every city and a great way to explore places on the tourist trail.

7# GO UNDERGROUND

With the right equipment and a guide, the subterranean world is ripe for exploration.

8# CHECK OUT A SPORTING EVENT

Don the local team’s colours and make a few new friends.

9# FIND YOUR OWN PRIVATE, DESOLATE BEACH

Find a hammock with your name on it and stay still until you’ve recharged your wanderlust.

10# PICK UP SOME LOCAL TRENDS

It could be learning a new skill or you might just spot a hat, shirt or shoes from a traditional outfit that you could incorporate into your wardrobe.

11# TAKE A TRADITIONAL BATH OR HAMMAM

Don’t forget the traditional scrub and massage as well.

12# TRY THE STREET FOOD

Even if you get unlucky, gastrointestinal setbacks can usually be treated in a few hours if you know what to do.

13# WAKE UP EARLY

See the sights before the crowds arrive.

14# LOSE YOUR GUIDEBOOK

Wander the backstreets of a city.

15# TAKE A COOKERY COURSE

Even if you just learn to make one great dish, your friends and relatives will be grateful for years.

16# RAFT THE RAPIDS

For an instant shot of adrenaline.

17# CLIMB A MOUNTAIN

Walk one of some classic trekking routes or take a mountaineering course and scale a peak.

18# SPEND A FEW DAYS IN THE JUNGLE

Hire a guide to learn about animals and plants – and to help you find your way back.

19# SAMPLE THE LOCAL FIREWATER

Leave the backpacker bubble and take a seat beside a local.

20# PUT YOUR LOCKS IN THE HANDS OF A LOCAL BARBER

Some consider this more nerve-racking than bungee-jumping.

21# SPEND THE NIGHT SOMEWHERE UNUSUAL

The underwater hotel in Florida, a cave hostel in Turkey, Sweden’s ice hotel, a pit dwelling in Tunisia… There are plenty to choose from.

22# HEAD UNDERWATER

Even if you can’t dive – a mask and snorkel are often sufficient and can be even better for exploring.

23# MEET LOCALS WHO SHARE YOUR INTERESTS

Check the web to find the local clubs or where people show up to play.

24# TRY OUT A NEW SPORT

One you’ve always been curious about or one you’ve never seen.

Let’s wrap up 24 Things To Enrich Your Journey article. Read also SOLO TRAVEL 101 – Explore The World On Your Own

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