I’ve been having fun with this blog series so here are some more travel tips for you! These are a bit more focused on preparation and mindset in a sense, but I think they could be the most valuable ones I have shared so far.
So many experiences slip through the cracks of our memory on a trip and we end up with a lot of pictures and milestone memories ten years later. There are so many micro experiences that you go through on a trip that are worth jotting down in a notebook for your reference later. This will also help trigger other memories that you hadn’t thought of in a long time.
Not only do you want to write down the experiences you have, but going further can be very beneficial. Writing how you feel in the moment and your impression of your journey can add a whole new dimension to your recall later on. This is the sort of thing that you will be thankful for and only takes a few minutes to do.
Traveling is something that many people enjoy. It’s also something that causes a lot of unnecessary stress on their path to enjoying the trip. A common cause of this stress is the planning process because most travelers think you need to have everything set up beforehand.
This is not the best way to go for a couple of reasons. Of course you need to plan things like lodging and flights, but your exact itinerary is overboard. Not only will this cause you stress by thinking you have to account for everything (you can’t), but will encourage a lack of improvisation. Having some free time to wander around and try new things will lead to some of your best travel experiences.
Take less with you
Packing too many things will only slow you down and provide no additional utility. This is a very common traveling offence that people fall into. Bring a couple changes of clothes, a charger for your cell phone, and a few other essentials. If you want to take it further you can even leave things like a toothbrush at home and pick one up when you arrive at your destination. Realizing that you don’t need to replicate your home experience is a great boundary to break through and will lead to a more fluid and manageable travel experience.