Travel On Your Terms: 10 Ways To Do Things Differently To The Norm

October 16, 2021

Travel On Your Terms: 10 Ways To Do Things Differently To The Norm

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We all love to travel, but it can mean many different things to many different people. When planning your next adventure, it’s imperative that you focus on what matters most to you.

There’s nothing wrong with visiting the tourist attractions and enjoying the standard activities. But you should travel on your terms too. Here are 10 top tricks to ensure that you see the desired results.

#1. Go alone 

Most people assume that travel should be about spending time with loved ones. Still, it can also be a chance to focus on yourself and the activities you love. Taking a solo trip can mean backpacking. It can mean using volunteer work to explore the world. Or it could be simply taking a week off to relax in the mountains.

There is no limit to what travel can provide in the modern era. The sooner you open your mind, the sooner you will find what truly makes you happy.

#2. Meet locals

When taking your adventure, you will visit famous landmarks. However, taking a guided tour may provide limited experience. A local can give you a true insight into the culture while taking you to vantage points you would usually miss. Besides, connecting with people will add something special to the experience.

You can reach out to locals online prior to the vacation or look to strike up a bond while you’re away, perhaps at a class.

#3. Enjoy a local activity

When you’re away, it’s likely that you will want to see the popular tourist attractions. But most places offer so much more. Finding local golf courses, for example, can allow you to see the destination in an entirely different light. It’s also an ideal way to relax after a long journey or before taking on more fast-paced action.

In today’s climate, you can search the local attractions long before you arrive. Whatever your passions might be, you will find an answer.

#4. Travel by car

Domestic vacations are increasingly popular in the post-pandemic world. Taking the car on a road trip could be the ideal way to enjoy a short break without spending huge sums of money too. However, even when you travel abroad, you can rent a car to take control of your itinerary and holiday plans.

Knowing that you can decide exactly what places you visit is a wonderful thing. Avoiding large crowds is a major benefit too.

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#5. Trade the hotel for an Airbnb

This tip has become increasingly standard in recent times. However, the idea of avoiding hotels in favour of a private short-term rental can bring many rewards. It means that you gain a little privacy, as well as an experience of living with a little added luxury. In many cases, the accommodation will be in a better location too. 

It’s a particularly good option for solo travellers wanting to get away from it all, as well as couples. Larger groups may take out a private villa instead. 

#6. Attend a special event

When visiting a destination, the timing can make all the difference. When you align the trip with an event that speaks to your needs, the results are phenomenal. This could mean running a marathon or another charity event. Or it could mean following a band on tour to see a gig in a new location.

The event itself can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And you’ll still have time to do other tasks while you’re away.

#7. Save a day for your hobby

Activities like golf or once-in-a-lifetime running events have been discussed. However, you may also be a fan of fishing or another hobby. Creating time for a day on the lake, for example, can make your trip even more memorable. If you are with others, it’s a great chance to get a healthy break from each other too.

If nothing else, you will be able to reminisce on this day each time you enjoy the hobby back home. Perfect.

#8. Go out of season

Most holiday destinations have peak and off-peak seasons. In some cases, you must respect them as going out of season will bring very limited joy. In many cases, though, the seasons just mean that the weather changes slightly or that kids are back at school. Visiting when it’s a little quieter can bring benefits.

As long as you do your research in advance, you should avoid making a bad error. And will be set for huge enjoyment.

#9. Combine it with your job

Combining travel and work won’t always be possible. For some workers, though, it may be possible to work on the go. Or for business owners, new opportunities can be found. In the case of content creators, travel adventures offer opportunities for new videos, blogs, podcasts, and more.

Once again, if you can alter travel exploits to meet your personality and lifestyle, success is assured.

#10. Be spontaneous

Finally, if you want to do things entirely differently, why not take a random trip. There are several travel companies that will book a random trip on your behalf. You simply turn up at the airport with the luggage they advise you to pack and then you will be off on a new adventure. Perfect.

Alternatively, you could pack your stuff and simply head off to the first place that takes your fancy on the day.

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