The Anti-Tourist

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Travel thoughts

By 14:22:00

If you are considering travelling the world, then you are not alone. Increasingly, more and more people turn to travel, for many people it even becomes a way of life (as regular readers of this blog will attest). But not all travel is made equal, and there are many ways of getting around the globe, some stylish, some less so, but all valid. However, it could be said that certain travelling styles are somewhat more real than others, and likely to give you more of a genuine experience. In this post, we are going to look at a few of the qualities which tend to mark out decent travel. Does your next trip look set to be a blast?


If you really want to get the most out of travel, then going for longer, cheaper trips is definitely the way to go. If you do it this way, you will find that you can see much more, do much more, meet more people, and all the while save on your finances too. Some people like to go for a shorter time and splurge, treat themselves to different luxuries. That can be great fun, but for me better travel is that which lasts longer and involves fewer luxuries.

What’s the point in travelling if you don’t shake things up a bit? As it happens, world travel is always best when each trip is as varied as possible. Of course, you might have to limit it a little, as you can’t always afford to visit, say, three continents in one six month stretch. But if you want to get as much out of your travels as possible, it is still worth considering that you should try to see as much as you can in one go. Take a look at your next trip and ask yourself whether it is really as varied as you would like it to be.


To achieve the many aims of good travel, it is often helpful if you travel in a way which is pared-down and simple. This means backpacking for most people, but if you are unsure about that then you might have other options, depending on your destinations and chosen locations. For backpackers, using decent resources like can help you to make the most of it and know what you are doing. Alternatively, you might consider travelling with someone who has done it all before. Either way, the simpler way is often the better way, as it affords you much more freedom on the road.

It is often overlooked because of everything else that you might consider, but if you want to enjoy your travels and get the most out of them then you need to set aside some time for fun. If you travel too seriously, you are essentially missing the point, so make sure that you don’t do that. Keep your spirits high and you will enjoy the whole process much more.

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