Traveling is a joy and a privilege, especially in these days of uncertain political tensions and a global pandemic. But, as joyous as visiting another country is, it can feel like you’re doing the same things over and over, to the point where it feels more like work than pleasure. Especially if you travel a lot for your job.
However, you can enjoy your destinations more with some simple excursion advice:
Look for the fun. Seek out the fun stuff as the fun won’t come to you.
Take a moment to soak in the unique history of your destination since everywhere has stories to tell you.
Actively seek good food sources if you want an authentic slice of where you are.
These simple tips are sure to liven up your travels a little.
Play and Work Together
It doesn’t matter where you are. There’s always something fun to do. Whether you are in a major city like New York or the back creeks of Louisiana, you can participate in many grand adventures with your buddies. One of the most popular things to do in the city these days is to take part in an Escape Room. Escape Rooms first started in Japan and have made their way worldwide with an industry worth almost $500 million in the US alone.
By working as a team for over one hour, you must figure out how to escape, well, a room by solving clues left by the designers. Most providers offer Escape Rooms with varying degrees of difficulty, so you don’t need to be a genius to work out the clues. Family-friendly ones are also a fun alternative to the obligatory museum day out in the local city center.
Look for Unique History
While there is nothing wrong with visiting the local city center museum, let’s be honest, if you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all. You can liven up a small town or city trip by actively seeking the history of the place. No matter where you are, from the smallest European villages to the most prominent Asian cities, there is unique local history to be found.
For example, if you are a Beatles fan, you could visit the official Beatles museum at Liverpool’s Albert Docks. While there, however, it’s easy to become distracted by the many surrounding museums. Some offer a unique insight into the city’s building, while others show its dark past in the slave trade. Or, while blasting down America’s coolest road, Route 66, you could consider stopping Devil’s Rope, a small yet fascinating museum dedicated to the invention and history of barbed wire.
Seek Out the Local Foods
Of course, what’s the point of traveling if not to sample local food? Taking in local flavors is one of the greatest joys of hitting the road. It’s no good going to a far-flung paradise only to ask for a burger and fries. Or whatever your preferred home dish is, like the Brits requesting a full English breakfast while visiting the best places in Greece. It’s just a waste. First, however, there’s always the question of where to eat.
There is a simple answer to that, courtesy of celebrity chef and avid explorer Rick Stein. You simply watch where the locals eat. Many high street restaurants and cafés change their style of cooking to better suit the tourists that visit. With that in mind, don’t bother with a street-front eatery full of visitors. Instead, go out of your way down the side streets for a more relaxing and authentic eating experience. Just be prepared for something a little different.
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