We all love traveling, but sometimes it can be a little less exciting than we imagined. Now, it’s still fun, of course, but it’s no longer giving us that flurry of excitement in our stomachs. And while we can still have a good time, it’d be a shame to lose that “travel buzz,” especially when there’s no reason for that to happen. All you need to do is look at traveling a little different next year. In this day and age, there are plenty of ways to spend your vacation time, probably more than you realize! Below, we take a look at a bunch of options. You might not want to do all of them yourself, but we promise that there’ll be plenty that you have you nodding your head and thinking “hmm, maybe we should do THAT next year!” So strap yourself in: here we go!
Ditch the Plane
There was once upon a time when traveling by plane was a real experience, for all the right reasons. Alas, now, sometimes it can be an experience for all the wrong reasons. Unless you can afford to pay for a seat in first class (if so, we say go for it – it can be awesome), you might be getting your vacation underway on a crowded flight that’s anything but relaxing. But who says you need to get from A to B by taking to the skies? You don’t. Instead, why not look at traveling by car, coach, or, or favorite, train? They take a little bit longer, sure, but you do get to enjoy the scenery that you pass in a way you never could from the air.
Set a Budget
Most people have a budget for their vacation, but more in a “this is how much we can afford to spend” kind of way. Instead, why not pick a figure, and make your vacation work with that amount of cash? You’ll find that you can come up with some pretty creative ways to save money when you’re forced to. People seem to think that if you visit an expensive place, such as New York, then you need to dip heavily into your credit card allowance. Not so! You can go anywhere with any budget, more or less. Once you’ve freed yourself of the anxiety of feeling you should spend all your money to have fun, you’ll have a better time, too.
Pick an Event
Two people could visit the same destination within a week of one another, and have a radically different experience. Why? Because the first person coincided their trip with the biggest local event of the year, and the second person visited when things were running just “as normal.” For your vacation next year, why not look at picking a large event to visit? There’s no shortage of options. You could go to the finals of your favorite sport, or one of the country’s best music festivals, or events like Mardis Gras. There’s no atmosphere that matches the buzz of these big events, and you’ll be apart of it!
Some people like to explore the best that man can offer, such as museums and so on, but what about experiencing the best that life has to offer? It’s often the case that the simple pleasures are the best, and what could be more simple than our need to eat? If you love food, then take a look at visiting a destination known for its delicious culinary delights, and take a tour of the finest restaurants it has to offer. If you’re looking at heading overseas, then you could do far worse than taking a tasting tour of France or Italy. Your stomach will thank you, even if your waistline doesn’t (but it’ll be worth it, we promise).
The Wine Life
Some people love food; others love wine. If you fall into the latter category, then your options when it comes to traveling are possibly even better than the former. Is there anything better in life than exploring beautiful vineyards, and tasting the delicious wines that they’ve produced? It’s a fine way to spend a few days. If the idea of living the good life sounds like your idea of having fun, then check out Hermannwinetrail.com. Located in Missouri wine country, the trail will take you along some of the best wineries that the state – not to mention the country – has to offer.
In the Big City
As we get older, we sometimes fall into the trap of being too sure of the things that we like to do. For example, some people think they can’t stand large cities, and so spend as little time there as possible, and wouldn’t even think of voluntarily visiting one for their vacation. But traveling is about having our thoughts and perceptions challenged, and thus it’s always a good idea to push yourself out of your comfort zone every now and again. While you may never want to live in a large city like New York, Chicago, or L.A., there is a reason why so many people do: they provide a lot of fun and entertainment. Take a look at the events and activities that are available, and go into it with an open mind. You might just be surprised.
On the other hand, some people end up spending all their time hopping from one city to the next. And we can understand why: in some cities, you could visit every year for the rest of your life and there’d still be plenty of things that you didn’t do! But there is another side of the world, in fact, it’s the area that takes up the bulk of space: nature. The United States is blessed with some of the world’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, why not check some of them out? No-one visits the Grand Canyon and is anything other than astonished by the size and beauty. The cities will always be there…but nature? That might not always be accessible.
We applaud the people who use their vacation time as a way to grow and cultivate their interests. But let’s be real here…there’s also space on vacation for doing nothing at all. If it’s been a long time since you took a beach vacation – or you’ve never taken one – then why not think about this option for your next getaway? If you’ve never done it before then you might start to think that they’re boring, but when you’re sitting on a white sandy beach watching the sun slowly set, you’ll begin to see why they’re so popular.
Some people are constricted by the amount of time they’re able to travel, but this doesn’t apply to everyone. Some lucky folks have more flexible working schedules, and can spend a longer period traveling. While there’s something to be said for hopping around for a month or more, you might want to consider adopting the “slow travel” approach, which is a new way of traveling. With this, you’ll spend a longer period in just one place, getting to know your chosen destination more intimately. This works especially well if you’re heading overseas. It can be difficult to really understand anything about a culture if you’re just spending a couple of days there before moving on. If you stay for a month, you’ll begin to uncover truths that most travelers miss entirely.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to travel and learn something new? It’s possible! By using a service like Helpx.net or Workaway.info, you’ll be able to connect with people all over the world who are looking for volunteers in exchange for food and accommodation. You’ll find yourself in some truly off the beaten path locations, meeting people who are doing things you’ve never even heard of before, and it’ll cost you only the cost of getting there. It’s an experience like nothing else, and anyone, no matter how old they are, can do it.
Do you live in an area that’s popular with tourists? In fact, it might not even matter, so long as the space is beautiful or has something interesting about it! Take a look at temporarily swapping homes with someone else. You’ll be able to walk right into their home, which comfortably beats staying in a hotel, and they’ll do the same with your home. It’s an affordable way to experience a completely different way of life.
On the Road
How about the tried and tested car road trip? Many people pick a destination and then get there, but what if the road was your destination? There are some astonishing road trip routes in the states. Whether you want to go west, east, north, or south, you’ll find a route that bypasses just about everything you’d want to see; nature, cities, quirky small towns, and so on.
Make 2019 the year you relight your love of traveling by doing something you’ve never done before!
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