Immerse yourself more whenever you travel. Stop, or at the very least, limit your photo documentation of nearly everything and start to actually see what’s in front of you: the people, the chaos and the calm, the hustle and bustle of the city, the quirky streets, the street foods, everything. Try to see more than the usual tourist spots. Traveling is experiencing the destination’s culture, people, food, and the works. Don’t waste this opportunity just to pass by.
For your upcoming and future trips, plan a different agenda: rent an apartment, skip one or two popular tourist spots on your checklist to spending a day around the neighborhood roaming around instead. There are so many things you can do to truly experience a place like a local. Here are a few ways to get you started:
Visit a local bar
Of course, this depends on where you are. But if you ever find yourself close to local pubs or bars many people frequent, these are good places to meet new people and experience what the local scene is like in there. If there happens to be a gig around the same time you’ll be there, be sure to hit that place and experience the local music scene in action.
Explore the neighborhood
As mentioned earlier, free up a day to just explore around. Skip the usual touristy spots and go visit a museum, library, art districts, university campuses, and the works. These places should fill you in little by little with their culture and day-to-day activities. Exploring off the beaten paths can also lead you to the best food and interesting stores. Let yourself in on a journey.
Stay a little longer
If your financial status permits and your work allows, stay longer. You can only do and visit so much in three days, but a week-long adventure could reveal much, much more. With your hectic itinerary and limited time in the area, you’ll miss a lot for sure.
Even a five-day trip, with two days spent on exploring the neighborhood: go to a grocery store, sit by the park, have breakfast at a local coffee place, and the works, this can ultimately elevate your experience.
Put away your phone
Seriously, there’s no need to document every food, place, store, any and everything you do. This doesn’t help improve your overall experience. Yes, pictures help remind you that you did see this and experience that, but lend 100% of your attention to what’s in front of you. Be in the moment.
Leave your inhibitions
Traveling, alone or with companions, can be daunting in some ways. But don’t let this slow you down or stop you from immersing yourself in every destination on your list. Fear can stop you from creating beautiful memories and broadening your horizon. Step out of your box and take over to conquer a rewarding and memorable journey.
About the author: Chie sails from Parramatta. You can find her writing for Holiday Inn Parramatta Accommodation in her downtime, the perfect hotel choice to stay in for both business or leisure.