Hey guys! I just wanted to share with you my 5 Things I wish I Knew While Traveling! These are some of the things I wish I knew when I first started traveling! If you have any questions or want to share your thoughts leave a comment!

1.  Timing

Find out when the best time is to visit the place you want to see! Here best is really a relative term.  Best could mean when is the cheapest time to fly and stay there. It could also mean when the best festivals and activities are going on.  Personally, I like to pick somewhere in the middle. I avoid traveling during peak seasons, but I also don’t visit these places when there is nothing to do but stay inside because it’s so cold.  Just like everything, balance is key!

2. Plan Where You Want to Visit In the Country/City in Advance

So at least make a couple of bullet points of places you’d like to visit in the country/city you’re visiting! I say this because I personally have visited a city, gotten there, and been like OMG what do I do? Where do I start? What’s a cool place to visit? And I actually ended up missing out on something totally and completely awesome! The time I’m talking about was my trip to Silkeborg, Denmark.  Three years after I visited I found out they did a tour of bog bodies. Ancient bodies they found in a bog. Side note: I swear I’m not a weirdo! Just have an interest and a degree in Anthropology.

(In case you don’t know what anthropology is.  Anthropology is “the study of human beings and their ancestors through time and space and in relation to physical character, environmental and social relations, and culture.  There are 4 main types of anthropology – Cultural, Biological, Linguistic, and Archeological.)

3. Ask!

It never hurts to ask.  In the words of Madonna “A lot of people are afraid to say what they want. That’s why they don’t get what they want.” And guess what?  She’s right! Never be afraid to ask. Ask for that upgrade on the hotel room or the seat on your flight. They may say yes! Believe it or not, it happens more often than you think! Ask the locals for the best restaurants, ask your guides the extra questions.  Ask and experience more of life.

 

4. Don’t be Afraid to get LOST!

Embrace it! So you get lost? As long as your safe enjoy it.  In today’s Western society we never truly experience getting lost… Hold on… Let me grab my Smartphone! But for real, there is something beautiful and poetic about truly not knowing where you are going. It’s freeing.  You have no place you HAVE to be! Experience the moment. Live in that moment. Be Lost. You don’t have to know where you are going.

 5. Try Everything

Have an open mind! You are in a new place! Whether it’s a state away, a country away, or a continent away the culture is different! Experience what the locals do.  Try food that you wouldn’t ordinarily try. Go on a hike! Ride a bike like a local in the middle of the city’s hustle and bustle! Truly Experience the place you are staying and don’t forget to live in the present moment!