Travel forms a key part in the lives of millions, especially now that it is more affordable and accessible than ever. For the vast majority, though, spending a fortnight on the beach or in an all-inclusive hotel isn’t enough. To gain a truly satisfying experience, it’s vital that you learn to achieve more from those adventures.
There are plenty of options out there, here are 10 of the best.
The feeling that you’ve actively helped someone in need is undoubtedly one of the greatest rewards that anyone can experience. So why not go one step further by helping out an entire community? With modern volunteering schemes, making this happen is easier than ever. Better still, there are opportunities and placement all around the world.
Whether it’s teaching English or assisting the fight towards equality is up to you. Apart from being a great way to give something back to the world, you’ll gain a far more authentic experience than simply doing the touristy thing. It’s often a lot kinder on your pocket too.
2. Start Blogging
Creating magical memories around the globe is a hugely rewarding factor in itself. However, sharing those moments with friends, family, and social media followers can unlock a host of extra benefits. Apart from anything else, knowing that you need to create great content can work wonders for your mindset.
Knowing that you’ve helped others with their travel decisions is emotionally rewarding. Perhaps more importantly, though, a blog or vlog is the ideal way to create a revenue stream. So, practice getting to take great photos and take the time to discover your writing voice. When you do, the personal and financial rewards can be huge.
3. Work While You’re Away
Aside from volunteer schemes, you could look at finding work opportunities that will actively boost your career. Working in a new environment can go a long way to aiding your self-development. This is especially true as you’ll learn how companies in those areas solve certain problems. In many cases, those new skills can spearhead your ascent up the career ladder.
Working while you travel also gives you a better chance to enjoy extended periods in those places. This encourages you to appreciate the true culture. In some industries, it may also be possible to work on multiple projects in several countries over the course of a few years. This can be the perfect way to aid your career as well as your passion for travel.
4. Or Work For Yourself
In a world where tech allows us to complete jobs from anywhere in the world, starting a company or going self-employed is another great option. After all, this puts you in complete control of every aspect relating to work and lifestyle. Whether it’s a local service or one where you can serve global clients from any destination doesn’t matter. Travel plus business is a winning recipe.
Likewise, opportunities to work from home are open to interpretation. This infographic on digital nomads shows the growing possibilities. With more time on your travels, it’s only natural that you’ll gain more from those adventures. If your career evolves too, that’s fantastic news.
5. Embrace New Skills
Whether it’s a short-term vacation or a longer stay doesn’t matter. Education is the root of a rewarding time away. From learning a new language to gaining a deeper understanding of a religion or dance culture, those new things will improve you as a person.
6. Take On A Physical Challenge
Pushing ourselves to the limit is an ongoing challenge in life, and travel adventures provide a wonderful opportunity to do this. This can manifest in the form of Inca Trails in Peru or signing up for a marathon. Either way, getting out of your comfort zone is daunting, but very rewarding upon completion.
In addition to the direct benefits, this can go a long way to grow your general levels of self-confidence in life. Finally, it can be a great way to raise funds for a worthy cause, which leads us nicely to the next point on our list.
7. Complete A Charitable Event
Raising money for those in need can vindicate your activities and provide an incentive for those adventures. This charity drive infographic shows that those ideas needn’t be limited to the traditional methods either. Find a way to explore the world in a fun manner while doing good for a worthy cause. You will not regret it.
When you’re doing for something for charity, it’ll give you the continued to motivation to keep striving for the best results. When combined with travel, it’s clear that you will accomplish more while you’re away. Besides, it may be a great way to inspire others too.
8. Research Locations
Before visiting a specific destination, there’s probably an attraction or two that you’ll want to visit. But most places have far more to offer. Unfortunately, leaving it until the last minute will make it very difficult to experience it all. Conducting a little background research can help you build a far more comprehensive itinerary.
From reading guides and blogs to speaking to friends, every tip increases your knowledge. Meanwhile, there are now online societies where you can connect with people before you’ve even arrived. Of course, it’s great to enjoy a little spontaneity too. Nonetheless, creating a clearer image before you leave can only bring benefits.
9. Face Your Fears
Most people are more likely to let go of their inhibitions while they are travelling. This makes it the perfect time to face those fears for good. Whether it’s a bungee jump, a shark dive or anything else doesn’t matter. Overcoming those worries will help you realise that you’re capable of anything you put your mind to.
10. Meet People
Human interaction is the key to happiness, and can be the best way to take your adventures to the next level too. Even when it’s a normal backpacking holiday, for example, staying in a hostel can help you meet loads of new people. Apart from the direct friendships that you’ll make, this is a great way to learn about the best things to see and do in an area.
On a similar note, being brave enough to mix with the locals is vital. If it goes wrong, you’re never going to see those people again. When it goes well, though, satisfaction levels will soar. What more could any traveller ask for?
[ This has been a collaborative post. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are not my own ]