Plan your travel
On your first trip go easy on yourself and book your accommodation and transport in advance if you’re arriving late into the night. Try to get your accommodation to pick you up. I promise you that you’ll love yourself for it when you’re hazy from the long flight and cannot be bothered to queue up in line, take a rickety bus ride or look for a hostel.
Truly enjoy the moment
When we travel, we seem to enjoy the moment or small things in life. What ever it is, take a moment to reflect not only on the differences that you observe in their lifestyle and behavior but on the things that unite us.
Do things that are important to you
Things you’d like do, sights you’d like to see – pretty much everything possible! It takes the pressure of the actual holiday and you can actually spend the time enjoying the holiday rather than trying to put together a plan of what to do – which of course becomes exponentially more complicated when you’re in a larger group and everyone has different ideas about what they want to do and in what order. Our advice… if it doesn’t interest you don’t do it. You will find yourself burned out trying to go after a bucket list of things just to do them or to say you were there. At the end of the day, you should spend your money on experiences that make you feel excited and happy. That extra money you spend can be used for another tour or excursion you really want to do in a different city.
Make friends and don’t be shy to put yourself out there
Make the time to chit chat with locals or other fellow travelers. We have realized that the people you meet while traveling, can make your traveling experience even better! Even if you are shy, challenge yourself to strike up a conversation with others and have fun making new friends. A smile and a hello always goes a very long way!
Allow yourself to be indulged by your current environment
You might be in India at the most precious temple or in a bus on your way to your next destination.. see, feel, touch, taste, and smell all you can! Sometimes you will find that certain smells or tastes remind you of a past travel experience. One of our favorite things to do is sit in the main plaza and people watch. You will be surprised by how much you learn about the country and the people just by watching. Pay attention to the small details and I promise you will find things you would have other wise missed.
Document your travels
It is great to discover and enjoy new places in the world. Our advice is to document your adventures. If you decide to create a blog, Instagram travel account, take pictures or whatever makes you happy, just do it. This will give you an opportunity in the future to go back and relive the moments that you experienced while on the other side of the world.