Avoid Touristy Hot Spots
If you don’t want to be tied with the same rope as the rest of the travelers, heading to more local and offbeat hubs is best. For example in Bangkok, everyone heads to Khao San Road. But Khao San Road isn’t unique to Bangkok or Thailand, and it mainly caters tourists.
Take a Road Trip
If you’re in a destination where you can venture far, why not hire a scooter or a car and go off on your own trip? You’ll drive where you want, stop where you want and see all the things in between that a minibus or coach wouldn’t present you with.
Really Go Off the Beaten Track
Really going off the beaten track means places that tourists and travelers don’t visit too much. It gives you the opportunity to explore the more authentic (i.e. less touristy) parts of a place, and provides you that coveted chance of living like a local. Even just for a little bit.
Put your phone down for a second. Hide the Maps.me app and just go wander. Forget where you think you are, or where you should go, just go and get lost. This is pure traveling, exploring with what your senses can provide you. Forget itineraries and routes, just go and be free!
Forget Social Media
Checking your social media accounts just adds to the subconscious competition that can happen when it comes to traveling. If you scroll and scroll and scroll, you’re bound to find someone doing something you want to do. This may create the desire to beat that or ‘out-post’ someone with what you’re seeing. Forget who likes or uploads what post, just be in the moment and see what you see. If you need to, capture photos now, but post them later.
Eat What Locals Eat
It goes without saying that eating what the locals like to eat is a fabulous way to immerse yourself in local culture. Be open to new cuisines, tastes and flavors. This can be one of the more interesting parts of your trip. Forget what you crave, you can eat your home treats any time after your trip!
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