Traveling in your 20s can really make you a better person. It can totally change who you are and what you think is important, as well as help you to get to know the real you, respect other cultures, become more independent – the list goes on and on. Below I’ll show you how you can make the most of travel in your twenties if you’re thinking of going with a friend or by yourself.
Stay Off Social Media As Much As You Can
Social media can be great for some things, but spending too much time on it while you’re traveling is never a good idea. You will end up ccomparing yourself to other people, and even other travel bloggers out there if you start a blog or vlog of your adventures. Maybe you could set a aside half an hour each day to check social media and respond to comments, and then stop yourself from it the rest of the time. Don’t allow the outside world to ruin your little travel bubble, as it really can suck the fun right out of it.
You should see if you can do something called an ‘information detox’ while you travel. I mean I know it isn’t possible to stay offline completely, especially if you’re booking flights and checking the state of the countries you want to visit online. However, you should aim to stay offline as much as you can, simply enjoying your surroundings and what’s going on around you each day. When you avoid technology as much as you can, you’ll begin to feel more in touch with your inner guidance system. Something we are all connected to, but often forget about because of the outside information we’re forced to consume regularly.
If you really think about it, how much of the information you consume each day is actually important, or worthwhile? If you read status updates that you don’t really care about, amongst other similar things, then the answer is probably not a lot. Try to limit the information you consume to important information only.
Go Some Of It Alone
You don’t have to travel alone forever in your twenties to make the most of it. However, you should try to travel alone if you’re going to really enjoy the benefits of travel. When you travel alone, you don’t have to worry about what anybody else wants to do or where they want to go. You get pure alone time to get back in touch with yourself and do exactly what you want to do. You’ll have a completely different experience traveling alone than you will with a group of friends. Keep that in mind!
Make A Bucket List
Make a serious bucket list of the places you want to visit and the things you want to do while you’re there. Nothing should be off limits, but make sure you write everything down with the full intention of actually doing it at some point. You could write about snorkeling in Australia or wine tasting in France. There are so many hings you can enjoy as you travel from place to place!
Learn A Few Languages
If you really want to make the most of travel in your twenties, learning a few languages, or even just a few key phrases will help you as you make your way around the world. You can download translation apps and take books with you that can help you to translate, but there’s nothing quite like learning these phrases yourself. You’ll have peace of mind and be able to enjoy yourself way more! I’m currently learning Spanish.
This might seem like a strange tip, but it’s totally valid. People will think and think and think about traveling all day long but never actually go. They’ll make up a number of excuses, things that don’t really matter in the long run, and eventually they’ll end up tied down with a house, some kids, or something else stopping them. If you say you haven’t got enough money, save some up and then figure out the best way to travel on a budget. If you don’t want to travel because you’re tied down with a job, ask yourself if this job is good enough to stick with, or if you could simply walk away and get a similar job on your return. The key, like with anything you’re a little bit afraid of, is just to go. Book your first trip, even if it’s just a weekend away. Get a taste for travelling alone. You’ll probably end up hooked!
What about when it comes to where to go? Don’t stray too far for your first trip. If you’re just getting a taste for what travelling alone could be like, you don’t want it to be too stressful or confusing at all. Places like Chicago has a lot to offer, but you could travel to any state that appeals to you. Do your research, see what you’ll like doing while you’re out there on your own.
Stay In Hostels Or Couch Surf
If you do have a small budget, or you simply want your budget to stretch much further, staying in hostels or even couch surfing can be a big help. Hostels are often very affordable, and although they may not be much luxury, they are a place to rest your head at night. Couch surfing is a little more frightening to some, as you’re essentially sleeping on a total stranger’s couch – however, it’s free. You just need to make sure you sign up to a legitimate website so you know you’re staying at somebody’s home who is completely safe. They may even help to show you around or give you some invaluable tips while you travel.
Don’t Be Too Rigid With Your Schedule
Planning is fantastic, as it will give you an idea of what you’re going to do and when. However, sticking too rigidly to your schedule could actually hold you back. You really don’t want to stick to your schedule for the sake of sticking to it if you find something even better to do. You might make some new friends and want to go scuba diving with them, or to explore a new town. You might find something that you didn’t even know existed and want to go and look at that instead. You might even like a place so much that you want to stay there a bit longer and push your flights back. Be open to change if it feels like the right thing to do.
Eat The Local Food And Know When To Eat
Don’t be a food snob while you’re travelling. There are definitely some rules you should stick to in order to have the best food, e.g, make sure the food stall is in a highly populated so you know what’s served to you is fresh. However, if you think that you’re going to be able to afford sit down meals all day every day, you’ll be sadly mistaken. Knowing when to eat is also important. If you can have an early dinner when you do want a sit down meal, then you’ll get it for cheaper than if you were to eat at regular time.
Go Off The Beaten Path
Don’t just visit things because everybody else has or because you think you should. Go off the beaten path once in a while and you’ll have a much better time!
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