As travelers continue to yearn to return to the planet and consider all of the activities they want to experience, I can’t help but reflect on all of the things I never want to do again.
Not only areas I don’t feel compelled to travel, but even stuff I may have done before the universe comes to a halt that I won’t do again until I embark on my next journey.
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Let’s rundown of everything I can never do again until the universe begins to travel again:
Not To OVERPACK
“You do not need to bring an additional shirt, jeans, or shoes just in case.”… Just repeat after me.
When it comes to preparing, it may seem like you’re attempting to prepare for the worst-case scenario, and you wind up packing all except the kitchen sink to prevent some unforeseeable circumstance.
One of the more popular “regrets” when it comes to travel is people thinking they hadn’t overpacked, but if there’s one thing I’ve gained from traveling through the pandemic, it’s that you only need to let go and relax into the lifestyle of one or two of all (if that!).
If you’re anything like me, you’ve still worn the same lazy outfit more days this year than you’d like to say, unknowingly proving to yourself that you can get away on a small wardrobe.
GO Where Everybody GOES (OR DOESN’T GO)
While travel should be a rather personal experience, it is far too tempting to join the crowd, both physically and metaphorically. Particularly in a society where it seems that all is documented on social media for everyone to see.
There is an unspoken pressure to visit a particular attraction or take a specific picture, but this is your journey, your excursion, much like everything else in existence.
The same may be said for tried-and-true travel tips. Although it will seem clear that the more people you ask for an opinion, the more views you would get, this was a common-sense revelation that took me a while to come to.
It can be perplexing to hear various opinions, particularly when some insist that you should do something while others insist that you avoid it. However, when it comes to travel, the strongest guidance you’ll ever receive is from your stomach.
Travel Through My Screen
Going back to the concept of social networking, it may be enticing to get there, drink it all in, and then catch your phone and take a picture or two.
But don’t let that transform into 100 or 1,000 very soon. It’s normal to want to absorb the feeling of the sights and sounds of wherever you are.
You will intend to show your family and friends when you get home, you may post to your website to share your adventure in real-time, or you might want to look back one day and reminisce.
If it’s the last one, and I hope you do look back on pictures from your trip with fond memories, I also hope you don’t care about the fact that you saw a gorgeous beach, a majestic house, or a breathtaking sunset on your screen instead of staring at what’s right in front of you.
And, let’s be frank, does a photograph give it justice?
Will Think Before buying Souvenirs
When staying at home wishing, I traveled; I went through some of the souvenirs I’ve gathered through the years. Which I must confess I haven’t done in a long time.
Did you realize that the term “souvenir” means “to remember” in French? So souvenirs are an excellent opportunity to carry a bit of your holiday home with you and get a physical, visible object that will help you recall the time you enjoyed on vacation.
Some individuals, like me, find it easy to buy a necklace, a magnet, or a tee to flaunt to their friends back home. And say, “Oh, this? Ok, I got it when I went on my trip last year.”
And I understand how enticing it is to use a credit card or toss around some currency to say the money isn’t genuine. But, believe me, when you get home and see your credit card bill, you’ll know that the money is genuine.
I want to follow the same budget guidelines when I fly as I do at home: Can this benefit my existence, financially or emotionally? Would I be sorry I bought it when I get married, or even tomorrow? Do I want to buy this piece, or do I just want to buy something?
At the end of the day, like a souvenir, you want to recall your time away in the best way possible, so if this trinket can help you do it in the best way possible, I’ll purchase it. If not, I’ll move backward.
Not Question Anything… BUT Will Ask Questions
When we ask how and why things happen in another area of the planet, we’re just thinking, “The way I do things where I’m from is natural, which means the way most people do it isn’t.”
When we inquire about how and why things happen in another region of the planet, we are thinking, “Wow, I do things a certain way where I come from.” So it’s fascinating to see things from a particular perspective.”
Normalcy is subjective because still, in the last year, we’ve all had to adjust to what the definition of normal entails in our own lives. Consequently, seeing the world with big eyes and an open heart is more essential than ever.
There are appropriate forms to address questions, which could differ based on the nation you are visiting. Remember always to value other traditions, and as long as you have the right intentions to understand, not judge, for one that is different than yours, the best bet is always to be interested. And if no one can help you, look for a resource that can.
STRESS OVER STRESS
Is traveling stressful? Sure. Is there something outside our control? Of instance. Is it worth being worked up about? Of course not. That’s the worst thing you might do.
When the pandemic reduced our finances, I saw a change in my perspective from “There has to be a better way” to “There has to be some way.” As a result, I’ve been inventive and, shall we suggest, crafty.
The next time I feel like I’m trapped in a traveler’s nightmare, I’ll tell myself that there is still a way out. And again, if you have a passport and some money, the rest is simple to fix.
And if for some cause, I find myself in a position where I don’t have either or both of those travel necessities, there’s still anything or anyone nearby who can help me get out of a jam.
Do Anything Before Checking its Impact
When the planet fell to a halt in March 2020, I saw the forms in which human activities had affected humans, animals, and the climate all over the world. I just hope that as the planet resumes its normal pace, we don’t forget about all of the beautiful stuff that resulted from us taking a step back (See What Travel Can Teach Us About Ordinary Life).
This is not to suggest that the universe can never shift again, but as it does, I want to remember who and what is affected, both positively and negatively.
More and more, travelers are searching for environmentally friendly and humane solutions for how we fly and what we see when we arrive.
Many destinations have often considered showcasing more than just their “star” cities to mitigate the impact of over-tourism in one concentrated region.
When making choices, I like to do my homework and know who, where, and what would be influenced by how I see the world.
Underestimate Travel Insurance
One of the most challenging aspects of the pandemic has been the uncertainty of what will happen next, whether it will happen at all. That is why protection is more relevant than ever, not only for COVID-19 but also for anything and anything that might come your way.
The travel costs will quickly add up, between the fare, the accommodation, the luggage fees, and so much more, making the thought of cutting corners appealing, I understand. But don’t presume that simply because this didn’t happen the last time you traveled means that an injury, a pause, or some other problem that may be detrimental to your journey and your wallet, in the long run, is out of the question.
In reality, if there is one area of your budget that should be highlighted, it is your insurance.
TAKE TRAVEL FOR GRANTED
I realize it sounds lame, but it’s real.
And those of us who have the travel bug, withdrawal truly makes the heart grow fonder, and the farther we’ve gone from our last holiday, the farther away we want to go so we can dream once more.
There is no doubt that travel is a luxury that many people across the globe, even also in my backyard, do not have. While I know that most people are waiting to pay their next bill or for some form of income to come their way, I consider myself very lucky that travel is what is keeping me waiting.
The next time I’m irritated by a wait, feel crowded on a plane, or get angry with misplaced baggage, I’ll recall the time when the universe stopped spinning, and those were the least of my concerns.
I’d always known that travel was a blessing, but it took getting it taken away to understand what that meant.
So that’s about my contrition. I wish you won’t have any in terms of traveling. So I wish you lots of travel time in your life. Leisure one mostly. Let me know in comments below if you are feeling the same way I am feeling right now. Like jailed inside and just screaming from inside to take a flight on my next tour.
So that’s it, I will come up with another connecting post for you, till then, good luck, and don’t forget to travel.