One of the biggest trends in recent years, particularly among younger generations, has been the desire to spend more time and money on travel. We all crave new experiences on occasion, and with the proliferation of social media posts, images, and articles featuring all sorts of attractions new and old from around the world, it’s easy to come across something which triggers that sense of wanderlust. But many people who’ve had a few trips under their belt can nonetheless feel like they’re missing out on serendipitous experiences. Here’s what you can do on your future travels to increase the chances of having those pleasant, unexpected encounters or interactions to enrich each day.
Keep an open mind
Albert Einstein once said that it’s crazy to do the same thing over and over again yet expect different results. If you’ve gone on a few trips but never seem to find any unique, offbeat experiences or surprises, then maybe a change of approach is needed; you might be too focused and sticking to locations where only one or two activities are expected. Keeping your mind open to new possibilities on your travels will influence your choices and help you shape a more open-ended experience. A simple choice of boat rentals in Grand Lake on your next Oklahoma trip can either limit you to fishing all day or give you the option of indulging in other family-friendly water sports and hanging out with locals. Whenever you can, choose something that’s in line with your personal interests, but still leaves room for different interactions and unforeseen experiences.
Whenever you travel, you can easily find that time is a valuable commodity – sometimes even more constraining than money. We’re often tempted to squeeze as many top attractions and destinations as possible into each day so that we can get more value out of the entire trip; yet feeling rushed can also dilute the quality of the overall experience. Have a loose agenda for each day; for starters, it’s okay to make a list of places to visit or things to do, but make allowances for factors such as travel time variance or the possibility of getting lost, and be prepared to adjust if the situation calls for it. As you get more experienced doing this, try to schedule only the basics – accommodations and transportation – and chat up some of the locals to get their advice on where to go (and how to get there), what to do, and any great places for food and drink.
Let your feet wander
Human beings are naturally wired towards a degree of safety; we don’t like the idea of getting lost, especially in an unfamiliar or potentially dangerous place. But it’s also possible to wander within reason as you travel to a new destination. Modern navigation tools and a plethora of online guides which you can access from a mobile phone will help you get back on track as needed; in many cities across the globe, you can easily find unique views of popular attractions by exploring commercial establishments in high-rise buildings, for example. Maintain your presence of mind, and you can follow your feet to enjoy new possibilities on your travels.
When it comes to maximizing your travel experience, sometimes you’ll find that less is more. Be flexible, open-minded, and wander every now and then; you’ll be able to relax and appreciate the occasion while enjoying any pleasant surprises that come your way.