Traveler or tourist, are they one in the same thing? Potentially, it probably depends on who you ask but some might say that by travelling in your destination you get to experience more of it than simply being a tourist and doing the ‘touristy’ things. Whatever viewpoint you take here are some ways to get the most out of your time spent in any destination.
Try new things
When traveling you are always experiencing something new, it is one of life’s real adventures but to truly get the most out of it be prepared to put yourself into a situation you might not be able to do in your hometown. You could try the local delicacy, par-take in a national sport or even consider bungee jumping. When it comes to traveling it is all about new experiences so embrace them with both hands.
Visit small towns
It can be tempting to flock with the tourists and visit the major hot spots and no one saying you shouldn’t do that, just make time for some of the smaller towns and cities also. Smaller towns can give you a real insight into what life is like on a day-to-day basis. They can be more affordable, quieter, and the people are often incredibly friendly. What is more, you are helping to support small and local towns and businesses You may also uncover history and insight you never knew existed about the country; you can truly immerse yourself in its past, culture and lifestyle. For example, navigate to this website to find out a little more about Lockton, Ontario. A town you might not think to visit when in Ontario but one that can enrich your travels with its steep history and Canadian culture.
Meet new people
How many times have you been on vacation or traveling somewhere new and you reminisce about the people you met? Meeting new people can often make a trip and traveling is a great opportunity to meet new people. People from different backgrounds with different experiences and many stories to share. Talking to people and learning from them can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling experience, that can leave you knowing more about a place, your future plans or even making a friend for life. The great thing is with social media and smartphones keeping in touch with people you meet on your travels has never been easier.
Document your experiences
You may be creating memories that you think will last a lifetime and some of them will. However, the unavoidable reality remains that you will not be able to document everything in the memory bank. To help keep all of your memories fresh then document them. It could be by making short videos with your Go Pro of the places you visit, writing a blog or just taking plenty of photos. Just be sure to have some external keepsake you can look back over to remember your experience.