After so many trips, I come to conclude 3 ultimate tricks to have my trip meaningful.
Go unplanned, See through local people’s eyes, Be open.
1. Go Unplanned
Every traveller is looking for a soul satisfaction by going travel. The key of a successful travel is when you open yourself and accept new things you find on the road. Making a classic “must visit list” or overly detailed itinerary may block yourself from the original purpose of your journey.
For example, no matter how bad you want to go, most likely you won’t leave your hotel on 2nd day if you make a 5 days reservation. You’ll be feeling like you are wasting your money if you do so. Even if you do leave your hotel earlier, you’ll still have that guilty feeling of wasting money; and this will affect the quality of your journey.
So, go unplanned! You don’t have to make every room reservation or book every city tour to assure you you’ll have enough activities during your journey. It may stop you from doing new things you’ll find on your journey. Just collect a little information about the city or place you’re visiting, just enough for you to understand what the city look like and famous for. And then, let your feet take you to places it desires to go, let your heart decide what you’re gonna do.
2. See Through Local People’s Eyes
Every city, every place, has its own culture and way of living. Many different things are regularly done by local people even though it may be something you barely imagine in your hometown. Try to see through and understand things from local people’s eyes. Do things they do everyday, dance their dances, and eat what they eat. If you don’t like their food, there must be at least one McDonald’s somewhere in the city. But before you decide to eat McD, please give local food a taste at least once. Before you start your day doing regular book reading, please at least start your day local’s style once. This will enrich your soul with new things and experience.
3. Be Open
Open your heart to new people, culture, and experience!
A lot of people, local and fellow travellers you’ll meet on your journey. Open yourself, talk to them! Listen to their story. Understand what inspire them to travel and what make them feel alive. Be insipred! Let yourself understand the differences of people and understand that we are pretty much the same in our differences. Remember, it’s not just the PLACES WE GO, but it’s the PEOPLE WE MEET THAT CAPTURE OUR HEART.
Each place has their own culture. Many things may not be making any sense to you, please accept that! There’s long history and a good reason in every culture. Try to look through it from local’s eyes and understand why they do things their way. Respect the differences and don’t push people to believe what you believe. Remember, you’re visiting their home, not the other way around.
Experience new things! Don’t be too scared to jump off the cliff in Himalaya or dive to sunken ship in Bali! You have been so brave by leaving your house 1000s miles away. Don’t just stop until then. Isn’t it a great feeling the first time you are on your bicycle overcoming all the fear of falling? So don’t be scared to do new things you could only do at the place you visit. You may not be returning to that place all your entire life. Live in the moment!