The Anti-Tourist

I like to beat new paths for myself.

Travel thoughts

By 11:27:00

Travel is becoming increasingly popular, and it's easy to see why. More and more people are waking up to the fact that travelling is one of the best uses of your time. No matter who you are, travel can work wonders in terms of developing a strong, confident sense of self, and keeping your mind open to wonderful new experiences. If you have the travel bug, then you won’t need to be sold on all this. But something that could be said for anyone who loves to travel is that it is always tempting to try and discover how to make the most of the practice. In fat, there are some specific things you can do to become better at travel, and it’s worth taking a look at what those might be.


No matter how much experience you have, chances are there are plenty of people who have more than you. Rather than being envious, you can actually use their expertise to help your own travelling situation. If you are serious about becoming an expert in the realm of travel, then you might want to think about taking on board the advice of more experienced travellers. This can be pretty much anyone, so long as they know what they are talking about. What’s more, you will find that there are individuals who are particularly well-versed in specific kinds of travel. For the food and wine-loving traveller, you have the likes of Mike Asimos. Or if you want to travel as far and wide as possible, then look to Lee Abbamonte, the youngest person to visit every country. Looking to those who have gone before will inspire you, and help you along your own path.


It is pretty much a law in travel that you can’t achieve much from it without taking some risks from time to time. It is only by having the bravery to take risks that you get to see the really exciting stuff, the things that others will not end up finding at all. If you are serious about learning to travel well, then you need to try and become comfortable with the idea of taking risks, of not knowing exactly how things will turn out. This is difficult to master, but that makes perfect sense - it is only by mastering the difficult things that we achieve anything worthwhile, in travel and elsewhere in life.

A good traveller knows how to find the balance between going the tourist route and finding their own way. The truth is, it is not ideal to go completely one way or the other. The best way for most people to travel is to use the basic tourist destinations as landing points, in order to get their bearings, and then have the courage to go off the beaten track a little. If you can find the balance that works for you, then you will have a much better time of it, compared to if you just stick with the famous spots, or go off the rails altogether.


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