We all have our “comfort zones.” – that mental space we live in where there are boundaries that help us feel a sense of emotional security with our work and our decision making. Travellers learn to stretch their comfort zones knowing it’s the only way to explore the world truly. I dare say it’s what distinguishes genuine travellers from everyone else. They always try to push their limits and they leave their comfort zone whenever they leave home. There are those who are perfectly happy staying warm and cozy in this safe box they’ve built even when travelling. They chose the safe options, always order the same food, never take the risk. And then there are those who constantly push and test the limits. They tend to have more fun and they learn more about themselves.
I live in a region that generates a lot of income from tourism. So the sight of the old town filled with people of different nationalities, speaking almost every language on the planet doesn’t make an impact on me. When all the best seats in my favorite café are taken by people, who come here for a couple of days and will be taking off soon, I’m not pissed off. Things like that do not bother me, because I got used to them over the years. I don’t like them, but I don’t hate them either. And yet, I understand the irritation of all the others, whose life doesn’t involve this usually slowly walking, unfashionably dressed species with cameras. If you want to avoid crows and are brave enough to discover the city on your own and to see something more than what’s in the guidebook, here are a few tips for you.
When you travel abroad fast foods brands like McDonalds seem like a perfect option. They’re familiar, you don’t need to speak the language to get what you want and there is a high chance food is fresh even if not necessarily the healthiest. A choice of someone who is guided by common sense you could say. But every time you chose McDonalds over some local – no matter how strange – cuisine, you lose a chance to truly explore the place and it’s culture. After all, you can always have your Big Mac at home. When abroad try the local food – I found at least 4 good reasons to do so.
There are places on the face of this Earth that might disappear before we all get a chance to see their beauty. Ironically most of those places will disappear because so many want to see their beauty. At Travel World Passport we will present those places – we hope you enjoy the list of Top Ten Places to See Before They’re Gone. We continue with one treasure extraordinaire – The Great Barrier Reef.
There are places on the face of this Earth that might disappear before we all get a chance to see their beauty. Ironically most of those places will disappear because so many want to see their beuaty. At Travel World Passport we will present those places – we hope you enjoy the list of Top Ten Places to See Before They’re Gone. We continue with one of the World’s 7 Wonders. Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh in India, the Taj Mahal is widely recognized as “one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.” It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. However, this piece of “perfect architecture” is now under the threat of environmental damage, including soot, particulates and acid rain.
Do you think it’s normal not to like people? Not to like being around people? Yeah, I don’t think it’s normal. But it doesn’t stop me from escaping from them once in a while. Every couple of weeks I get that strong need of running away from the whole world. I go for a walk in the woods, go to the cinema very early in the morning or simply… travel solo. All that just to spend some time with myself, to clear my head, to breathe. I must admit I’ve never taken any long-term solo trips. But I had great pleasure meeting people who do that. And honestly my first thought was – I admire them, because I got it, spending time on your own is brilliant. I do that too, I love doing that for a day or two, a week maybe. But traveling solo for a year??? Seriously how interesting do you have to be to enjoy spending a year with yourself? Then the secret was revealed. They are never truly alone, they simply meet people and make friends on the road.
Listicles is not something I usually write. God only knows why. Maybe because it sounds like testicles (not that I mind but to write about it? Back to the subject, though – listicles, right. Don’t think I would find it hard to tell you a story about packing for a budget trip. I could even tell you my own story and how lousy at packing I used to be. My first backpacking trip – 20 kg luggage for three weeks. Next trip – 8 kg luggage for three weeks (!!!). But would my storytelling do any good? Doubt it. It would probably show you that it’s possible to pack light and still have everything you need. So let’s do this. Let’s make a list. Let’s make our journey pleasant before it even begins.