The Anti-Tourist

I like to beat new paths for myself.

Do it!

By 21:44:00

One of the most fulfilling things in life is the ability to travel by sea, air or land and arrive at a completely different location. We might not be able to travel across planets (yet), but being able to fly from the United States all the way to China is the next closest thing. The incredibly different lifestyles across the globe feel like each country, or at least continent, is a planet on its own.

Culture is an incredibly personal and unique thing to countries, and you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t travel to another country at least a couple of times in your life. If you really want to spread your wings and gain enlightenment in your lifetime, then the only way to possibly do that is to travel more often, learn new things, and soak in the wonderful cultures of the world.


Travel essentials

There are a couple of travel essentials that no one should be on holiday without. For instance, if you want to record your memories then you’re going to need at least a smartphone with a decent lens. If you prefer a dedicated camera, then those work as well, but do keep in mind that with recent smartphone technology, your phone camera is probably just as good as your pocket camera.

You’re also going to need essential documents such as a passport and a visa. The visa is only needed for specific countries, for instance, if you’re travelling from London to the United States. There are some costs involved, but visas usually last a fairly long time and it’s a great reason to get out and travel more often. However, if you’d prefer not to apply for a visa, then there are other options such as www.official-esta.com which will allow you to apply for a visa waiver. It costs less, it’s fast, and much less stress than applying for a visa.


Step out of your comfort zone

The further away the location, the more likely you are to learn something new and experience something magical. If you know the language, then you won’t feel as though there’s a large cultural barrier between you and the locals. If you really want to immerse yourself in culture and discover weird and wonderful things, then head over to www.lonelyplanet.com and buy a phrasebook to take with you and travel to a country which you have no idea about.

The further you step out of your comfort zone, the wider your wings will spread and the more open you will be to accepting new ideas, embracing new cultures and sampling new foods. Travelling is fun because of the fact you can connect with people all over the world who are completely different to you culturally, meaning you’ll always find new things to do and make new memories which can be captured on your camera. If you really want to experience something amazing, then you’re going to have to dive into the deep end and pick a unique location.

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