How to Become a Better Traveller in 5 Easy Ways is a guest post by Ryan Biddulph.
This post is of a significant personal interest to me, as it is my dream to travel around the world with my family like Ryan.
Ryan is a blogger, author and world traveller who has been featured on Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Positively Positive, LifeHack, John Chow Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com. He has written and self-published 126 bite-sized eBooks on Amazon. You can connect with him at Blogging From Paradise.
I genuinely enjoy circling the globe.
Having been a full-time digital nomad for the past six years, I want to share these five tips with you to help you become a better traveller.
There’s nothing worse than a jaded traveller.
Meeting someone at the airport who’s always complaining about this country or that trip can be the ultimate turn off. You could improve your travel experience by following the five essential tips I mentioned in this post.
1. Reserve Your Judgment
Reserving your judgement is the most painful but freeing advice for becoming a better traveller.
As a human being, you tend to judge countries or people or cultures.
Either a country is great, terrible or maybe, somewhere in between. Likewise for cultural differences, weather or anything related to a particular location.
Be a better traveller by pulling back on judging countries, customs or cultures.
See every place is as it is. Simple.
If things in a particular city are different from your homeland only accept the fact that different cultures make life interesting. Travelling to a place that does things differently from your home country makes for a fascinating, enriching and enjoyable experience.
2. Do Some Planning
I do not advise buying a 1-way ticket and arriving in a foreign land without any planning.
Find out the visa situation. Is it a visa-free country for citizens from your nation? Or do you have to pay a fee for a 1 or 2-month visa?
Secure lodging for a few weeks, at least. See where you’re staying concerning restaurants, tourist spots, or exciting locations.
Research cultural considerations too. In some foreign lands, you may need to dress or behave differently to respect the culture.
Make sure to find out the climate of the place where you intend to visit. Are you travelling there during the dry season or monsoon season? Maybe that area in the tropics has chilly nights because you’ll be living at a high elevation. Complete your homework to pack appropriately for your trip and to know whether or not you’ll be enjoying many outdoor activities.
Do legwork to answer common questions but don’t go overboard.
Some travellers plan everything down to the minute and wind up disappointed when they learn the one truth of travel: your plans will change.
Flight delays, political situations changing, weather anomalies and about 100 other things can alter your trip dramatically.
Be flexible. Get lost once in a while. Spend time doing something unplanned.
Trust your gut over your mind in some situations, and you will more thoroughly enjoy the wonders of circling the globe.
3. Go Internet Dark for a Set Time Daily
Alternatively, go offline.
If you run an online business or merely obsess over checking your phone set a window daily for going offline completely.
Be wherever you are. Leave the phone at home. Talk to people. Engage locals.
If you get lost there are “human beings” who can offer you directions, even if it involves some pointing to an individual who speaks English.
Don’t miss out on travelling by staying plugged in 24-7.
Go internet dark for at least a few hours daily.
4. Eat at Local Restaurants
You will enjoy some of the best fares on earth by eating at local restaurants.
Check for food rates online via travel forums. Or get lost in neighbourhoods well away from tourist spots and ask natives where you should eat.
When you stray from heavily touristed areas, you will find the best and often cheapest food, whether in urban centres or remote outposts.
Be adventurous. Try different foods. If you fear to get sick just note the hygiene situations. Walk to the next shop if the restaurant looks dirty or sketchy.
Eat at local haunts to feast on delicious and inexpensive food in authentic neighbourhoods.
5. Grab up Opportunities to Spend Time with Locals
I have been invited to and attended a Balinese wedding.
I also spent the afternoon enjoying lunch at a local’s home and the adjoining brilliant beach in Fiji.
Accepting opportunities to spend time with locals is the easiest way to immerse yourself in fascinating cultures.
Embrace and let go any self-conscious tendencies that arise when you are invited to a wedding, dinner or any social gathering overseas. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
Enhance your travel experience. Live as locals do for at least a few hours to become a better traveller.
Do you follow these tips? What tips can you add to this list?
Feel free to add your advice on how to become a better traveller in the comments below.