I’ve always admired all those crazy travelers using only their feet to travel continents one after another. With all their belongings in their backpacks, they seem so content. Happy-go-lucky. Lately somehow I’ve stumbled across too many articles telling more or less the same story “The First Man To Travel (something/somewhere)”. Seriously? How many “first people” can we have I’m asking?! Surely, it’s pretty impressive to visit every country in the world, but somehow I have a feeling like traveling becomes more something like a cheap commercial show, than really a lifestyle giving us fun and some valuable lessons. People conquer one place after another, looking only at the numbers and comparing who’s got more destinations crossed out of their bucket list already.
After I decided to head off to Ethiopia, my friends started asking me why do I actually want to go there, because “there is nothing”. Sure. What’s wrong with you people?
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
The end of the year always brings us tones of different travel summaries and rankings, which is not bad, as long as we are still focused on real travel experiences, not on having a more spectacular stories than others do and forgetting about values traveling actually brings.
So here comes the question – how to create an interesting content when having a travel blog and how not to become a cheap copy of what everyone does? This seems to be a tough question as it looks like travel blogs are popping out of nowhere and are all showing the same – perfect lives of people glad about quitting their job and traveling on a budget.
It’s no longer outstanding if you’re “the first” person who quit your job. It’s no longer interesting when you’re posting lovely pictures from a tropical island (God, pleaaaseee…). It’s not, because 90% of people do this and I believe there’s so much more to see. There are still so many niche places which, only because of stereotypes, are still considered not to be good destinations. But hey, those places are the ones teaching you the most about life.
So how to MAKE YOUR TRAVELS MORE VALUABLE?
1. Talk to local people and spend time with them
Experience something more than you do on a daily basis. Talk to people, exchange ideas and listen to what they have to say. It’s one of the biggest values.
2. Get rid of expectations and enjoy the place the way it is
The rule is simple. The more you expect, the more disappointed you are. How often did it happen to you to go somewhere thinking it would be a trip of your life and well…it wasn’t?
3. Visit not only cities – experience countryside also
Cities are cool but traveling is not only about visiting cities. Take your travels slow, enjoy, take a bike tour outside the city, or even take a cycling holiday like the ones offered by Inntravel. Breathe with a fresh air, move a little… It’s not all about fancy places.
4. Don’t plan your days in detail
Be spontaneous – it makes you feel better. Nothing bothers you, you have a clear mind and can travel for ages not being stressed about the time your next plane leaves.
5. Meet other travelers on your way
One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling. I just love meeting other travelers on the way. Everyone has a different background, experience and stories to tell.
6. See places other people said were not worth seeing
Guidebooks are okay, but don’t treat them as a Holy Bible. They can point you a nice direction to go, but that’s it. Usually places described in all travel guides are overrated and overfilled with tourists.
7. Fight with your fears whenever you have a chance
Doing a bungee jump? Holding a spider? If it’s something you would never do while in your home town, do it when you travel. Use it as a chance to change yourself for better. Most of the things you’re afraid of are scary only in your head.
8. Do things your way
Well, besides all the points mentioned above, just be yourself! That’s the most important. Feel free, be adventurous, take things easy and enjoy life 🙂
“To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson