Most of us are guilty of at some point, getting stuck in a rut when it comes to travel. We might go to different places, but we usually travel with the same people on the same kinds of breaks. You might always stay in well-known locations in chain hotels. You might stick to popular tourist attractions and even family city breaks. You might even return to precisely the same place, year on year because you know that you like it there, you are safe, and you’ll have a good time. You don’t want to risk wasting money on something new that you might not enjoy.
This is fair. New things are always a risk. But, there’s so much of the world out there. So many different cultures to become a part of, even for a short time. There are languages to learn, people to meet, and things to see. Every time that you stay somewhere new, and learn a little more about a different way of life, you bring a little home with you. Pushing yourself out of that travel comfort zone can completely change your life outlook. Here’s how to do it.
What Do You Want from Travel?
There’s no right or wrong way to travel or to try new things. Some people want to challenge themselves, others want to see remote areas, and some people love seeing new cities. Think about what you want to get out of travel, what kind of trips you’d like to brave, and don’t feel you have to do the same as anyone else.
Look at Your Bucket List
Do you have a travel bucket list? An idea of places that you’ve always dreamt of seeing? You might think that these are nothing more than a pipe dream, but why should they be?
Go Somewhere Alone
Travelling alone is great. It gives you a chance to holiday your way. Seeing the places that you want to see without worrying about anyone else. Travelling alone is liberating, and can give you a significant confidence boost. But, it’s scary, and something that many of us avoid. Push yourself to take a short solo trip to see if you like it.
Book Something Big
Do you fancy a challenge? How about a trek up Kilimanjaro? A big event like this gives you something to aim for, and a way to force yourself out of your comfort zone. You won’t make excuses if you are raising money for charity or you’ve booked a specific climb, and after this, trying new things will seem much easier.
Say Yes More
If someone asks you to go away, or the opportunity to try something new pops up, say yes. Don’t automatically think, “No, I can’t do that,” but ask yourself why not.
Add Daily Activities to Your Itinerary
A package holiday might not be particularly adventurous, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add some adventure and challenge yourself. Add a little activity to every day that you are away. It might be going somewhere by yourself or taking part in a new activity or water-sport.