The art of meaningful travelling: how to make the most of your trips

Many people see travelling as a spontaneous activity that gives you nothing else but a brief change of scenery. If this is you, know that you’ve got it wrong all this time. Travelling it’s more than forgetting about your responsibilities for a while as you enjoy a splendid view. If you do it properly, it can be a life-changing experience that can offer you a new perspective on life. It can be a significant learning experience unlike any other, regardless of the location you choose. Travelling awakens your senses and makes you feel alive, leaving you rejuvenated and refreshed.

However, if you want to make the most of your travelling experiences, you need to learn how to make your trips meaningful. Travelling is not about snapping pictures for your Instagram profile or expanding your horizons. It’s about the people you meet and how the experience impacts you. It’s about discovering yourself and the beauty of life. Here’s how to make your travel experiences more purposeful.

Enjoy the moment
Now, we know what you may be thinking. How is this even a travelling tip? Well, it is. Although it may sound like a cliché, enjoying the moment is really one of the most important things you should do when going on a trip. In a fast-paced world, it’s very easy to forget to live in the present and enjoy the simple things in life. People often take these things for granted and forget to acknowledge their meaning.

Do your best to put your phone away when going on a trip. While devices can be handy when travelling, they come at a cost, as you may find yourself scrolling or texting rather than enjoying the moment. Think of your smartphone as a tool that exists to facilitate your experience. Snap pictures, but don’t shift through them until you get back home. Use translation apps and Google maps, but don’t check your social media notifications. Take advantage of this time to unplug from the world and be fully present in your trip – that’s how you’ll make your experience unforgettable.

Don’t let FOMO take over you
If there’s something that will definitely ruin your trips, that is cramming a lot of sights and activities into every 24 hours. Unfortunately, FOMO is a real thing, and it can be even more overwhelming when you travel. However, you don’t want to overload your schedule with more stuff than you can actually handle.

Pace yourself to avoid itinerary-induced anxiety and focus on the experience itself rather than ticking attractions on a list. Choose quality over quantity – write a list of the places you must see and those you want to see. This will help you prioritise without feeling pressure to do everything and see all the places. If you go too fast, you will miss the whole point of your travel experience. Remember that doing everything in one trip is impossible, and that’s okay.

Stay safe
Making the most of your trips also means staying safe when travelling to a particular location. It’s essential to do your research and learn as much as possible about the destination before you get there. Figure out the safest neighbourhood so you can avoid places where you can become a victim of theft or other related dangers.

If you travel by car, make sure to drive safely. This means focusing on the road and avoiding distractions, such as texting, talking on the phone or eating. Distracted driving is one of the reasons why car crashes occur, so it’s imperative to be aware of the risks and avoid them. Unfortunately, accidents can also happen due to someone else’s negligence, and that’s not something you can control, no matter how cautious you are. If you become a vehicle collision victim, you can seek compensation for your injuries. A legal expert will support your claim so that you can focus on your recovery. No one ever wants to think of this type of scenario, but it’s better to be prepared – even for the worst – than to deal with such a situation and not know what to do.

Get out of your comfort zone
Rather than comfort, travelling is more about living new, exciting experiences. This doesn’t only mean discovering new places – a trip isn’t complete unless you do something you don’t usually do. Travel enables you to push your boundaries in a way nothing else does. Whenever you try something that scares you, the fear diminishes, and you feel empowered. It may feel daunting to try things like scuba diving, but as you get out of your comfort zone, the experience will stay with you forever.

Pushing your boundaries doesn’t only involve extreme sports. Eating something bizarre, exploring a city on your own, and discovering cultural things are also essential.

Connect with locals
Cliché or not, it’s the people who make a place. You shouldn’t only flit between popular sites and snap pictures for your social media account. Instead, try to connect with the people who bring a place to life. If you aren’t the type to initiate a conversation with strangers, there’s no need to worry! Fortunately, there’s an alternative for everyone – yes, even for those who are too shy. For instance, you can book a workshop or a guided tour. Whether you take a dance class or a yoga session, you won’t only have a fun experience but also get to interact with people. Whatever activity you choose, it’s essential to learn useful phrases in the country’s language and get informed about the cultural dos and don’ts. This shows interest and sensitivity to the language and culture of the place you visit, which greatly matters to people in that location.

Embracing the local culture will help you make the most of your travel experience. Instead of experiencing the locality like a tourist, act as if you were a local. For instance, skip eating out at a restaurant that serves international food and go somewhere you can taste the local food. That way, you’ll immerse yourself in the culture and create a meaningful experience.

*Collaborative post