24 Things To Enrich Your Journey
Adventure 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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— Sunil Nain