International travel is all about new experiences. But if you don’t step outside your comfort zone then you aren’t really experiencing your destination. When I say “dare devil” I don’t mean you need to bungie jump or sky dive your way in new experiences. You simply need to embrace something that might scare you a little and go all-in.
Here are 3 ways to be a travel dare devil that will better immerse you in your chosen destination:
1. Rent a car and drive: This is an option I’ve been recommending to a lot of clients lately and, although they’re a bit dubious about it and recognize the need for a sense of adventure, they’ve found the freedom and access it grants them far outweighs any fears they had about driving in a foreign country. Sure, signs may be
in a different language or you may be driving on the left side of the road; but, you’ll also have the freedom to reach those sightseeing gems that don’t have a train station or bus stop nearby. Plus, if you bring the kids, you’ll be free to stop for the inevitable bathroom breaks.
2. Get lost and find your way WITHOUT your smartphone: In addition to being able to digitally detox, leave your smart phone in the hotel for a day, take a walk, and get lost in the city you’re visiting. Rather than being tethered to your phone and all the distractions it brings, you’ll be free to take in the sites and interact with the locals when you need to ask for directions or a recommendation for lunch. Allow yourself to be in your chosen destination without the crutch of your smart phone putting up an e-wall so you can truly experience some place new.
3. Up your destination game: You’ve been to the great cities of western Europe? Try eastern Europe or a river cruise. Or try a new continent like South America. If you’ve already done the “standard” international travel, then that has become your new normal and it’s time to push the envelope. Try something truly unique like living for a week in a yurt in Mongolia, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, or visiting ancient cities of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan.
What’s your next great adventure? Let GBFTravels help you find it!