Becoming a traveller, not just a tourist is the truly satisfying way to see the world. It is understandable that many people go on holiday to relax and re-generate, however why spend all that money to sit by a pool on the other side of the world for 2 weeks? If that is your intention, and for many people it is the basis of the perfect holiday, try the following tips to ensure you make the most of your getaway.
- Try the local food. You haven’t eaten pizza till you’ve been to Italy or Indian in India etc. What’s the point in ordering burgers all week in Spain? Be adventurous at least once. Try Kangaroo, Crocodile, Haggis, Eel … you get the gist.
- Interact with the locals. Get out of your ‘everything you need, so you never have to leave’ luxury complex and see the real world. Go to the local fruit markets, the well kept secret local bar, or maybe even just a real restaurant (you know the ones the locals actually step foot in, again doing local food)
- Do a Tour. So you don’t know the area and don’t like getting lost or maybe just don’t know what to do. Well do a tour, if possible with an English speaking local. Get off the beaten track, just for one day, after all, the sun lounger will still be there tomorrow. You can even do a day cruise that has a commentary. Can you think of anything more relaxing then cruising slowly down a river with a glass of fine local wine in hand listening to someone tell you the fascinating stories about the area?
- Try to remember local customs. Nobody likes a loud mouth in a ‘I love <insert country/state/place of choice>’ or even an offensive t-shirt yelling about how it is ridiculous that you can’t buy a beer before 11 in the morning and how the place is subsequently ****. Try to blend in, you’ll find that by being considerate of the locals, they will treat you with more respect.
- Try somewhere new. When choosing somewhere to go, try somewhere new instead of the normally over-crowded destinations. This way you get the best of both worlds. You can still find somewhere with all the necessities for your holiday, whilst being in an area you will want to explore. Often these places are also cheaper or at least better value for money as it is not so heavily populated with tourists and you can find exclusive or more personal tours easier.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a lazy day and nobody can say no to a good massage, but the experience will be exponentially better if you can go back with stories of the places you went, people you met and where you will be visiting next time!