There aren’t really any secrets. No myths or hidden meanings. Taking these things traveling simply entitled me to the best travel..
1. – Give yourself as much time as possible. I don’t have an end date. I have little at home that I have to go back for, other then friends and family of course. I detached myself from most things meaning I had all the time in the world. Literally.
So many travellers do 2/3 months which is sweet but the opportunities you’ll miss out on is crazy.
The less time you have, the more you’ll feel you want to plan. Wanting to fit everything in leads to not letting go as much. My favourite thing is turning up somewhere and staying for however long I feel.
It’s not like all of us have unlimited time but if your in the real deal, long term backpacking kinda thing, time is valuable. Make some.
2. – Don’t plan anything. Maybe a train ticket or a busy hostel but most things you really don’t have to plan much.
It’s nice to have some idea of things, especially if i’m on my own however you should try and just go with it, it can be done in South East Asia.
I turn up in cities with no idea where I’m sleeping, I don’t plan most activities and like to get myself ‘lost’. Things and people are popping up in all places, new adventures and random memories will happen if you just go with the flow. Trust me. It works.
3. – Don’t expect anything. I mean nothing. Easier said than done sometimes. I get it, if you’re paying 20 dollars for your own room, you will have expectations of value. It’s a difficult one to grasp, rather then have little expectations, have none.
Let things surprise you, let it blow your mind more then you thought it could.
I feel I grasped this and my satisfaction and experiences have hugely improved. I’m not feeling let down, I’m not wishing it was something else.
I know when something isn’t substantial, I’m not saying settle for something you shouldn’t but in regards to travel, it could be a beach, a hostel, a meal, a tour, an adventure, expect nothing.
4. – Stay open minded. It’s easier said then done.
Don’t close off options, don’t have too much of an opinion. Stay strong to your beliefs and keep your passions strong but don’t restrict yourself. Embrace the cultures, the traditions, the odd foods and different ways of living. Immerse in different experiences. It’s part of the fun.
5. – Speak to people. Okay, durr. Everyone speaks but go out your way, speak to people from all around the world. Chat to the locals, get to know the staff in your accommodation and of course, all the other backpackers.Made friends with these two little ones in Kampot, Cambodia.
Backpackers are your biggest help while traveling, they offer advice, support and most importantly, tips on where to go and what to do. I never looked at lonely planet. That’s a secret I guess?
You’ll find most backpackers are chatty, friendly and also want company. Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know. Hostels are the best places to meet people so get out your comfort zone and just say hello.
6. –Don’t ever say what if. Well, maybe if you’re about to launch yourself of a building.. Not literally, but 90% of the things we do when we travel has some element of risk. Everything we do has risks but travel is here to take us out of our comfort zones.
If I said what if, I’d still be sat in my bedroom in England rather then be in the middle of South East Asia having the time of my life. I’m alive and free and loving every single second.
– which leads me onto my next one.
7. –Enjoy the bad times. You’re having the trip of a lifetime.
I’m doing more things in South East Asia over 6 months then people do in their entire lives, let alone the seasons abroad and other travels however everything doesn’t go perfect. Despite the happy travel photos and wonderful check ins, we do have down days and things arent all sunshine and daisies.
It’s about memories and experiences we make building us passionate personalities.
Even the random long journeys or the stuffy accommodation.
Life isn’t perfect, backpacking isn’t about luxuries. We have to embrace and just enjoy every second. Live in the present. Even when things don’t go to plan or something may not work out, one day you’ll be thinking back to that time and wishing you were back.
Don’t take anything for granted.
8. Life isn’t too short. It’s what you do with it that makes it short.
I’ve just reached my 6 month point and it feels like yesterday I left my home in England and boarded that plane to Bangkok. Time flies when you’re having fun but that’s the thing, for every second you have, you won’t get it back. There are 6o seconds in a minute. 60 minutes in an hour. 24 hours a day. That’s 1440 minutes in 24 hours. Enough with the bullshit. Don’t waste your time away.
8. Say yes as much as possible. Okay hold up. Don’t go buying meth from the dodgy Tuk Tuk men or purchasing bloody everything on Khao San. It’s easy to hold back due to finances or avoided situations but sometimes you should try saying yes even when you really don’t feel like it. You never know where it could lead you, who you’ll meet and new oppurtunities.
So there it is. Your travels are the best time of your life. Enjoy it & embrace it!