If you desire to travel, remember to ask yourself this question, "Why do I need to travel?".
To be a traveler is easy, but becoming a better traveler requires sincerity and labor. You have to establish a reason, a purpose or a goal to accomplish. The more you want something to achieve, the more rewarding and meaningful your travel experience will be - it just takes a little bit of effort.
See also: 7 BASIC THINGS TO CONSIDER IN TRAVEL PLANNING
I don't claim to be an expert in the world of adventure as I am only starting to dredge my way to reach there, but I am working rigidly to enhance my capabilities and potentials in order to share with the rest what I have learned in the long process.
Having said that and depending on my experiences so far, I am sharing my own personal guides on how to become a better traveler.
#1. TRAVEL FOR EXPERIENCE
Travel can be a life-changing experience and this is one of the major reasons why I always wanted to explore and see more outside of my comfort zone.
Traveling just for the sake of traveling won't open your mind. Most of the people nowadays use this activity just to boast and show their friends on social medias that they can afford to, not focusing on the real essence of the word 'traveling'. These kind of people don't give justice to the real meaning of TRAVEL, they are a "traveler wannabes" and they only do this just to fit-in.
To travel is to experience new places or countries and its culture wholeheartedly, in place of simply taking photos of it as you pass by.
As what I've read recently in the Intelligent Travel, "Go to places for the experience, not just to see stuff. You can see stuff at home."
#2. STAY HAPPY AND POSITIVE
Travel simply teaches us how to be happy and positive, contain that attitude all through out. Life is beautiful, never let the small issues you encountered during your trip ruin everything. Your optimistic outlook and amped-up character will turn everything into an amazing experience.
#3. SET YOUR GOAL, BE ORIENTED
Get in focus of your goal, learn to save. Never let the unnecessary things get you out of way and control. Stay away from temptation that will cause you over-spending on material things that you don't actually need. Hard work and perseverance pay off. Consider the long-term positive effects rather than otherwise.
#4. GO FOR IT AND DO IT NOW!
Patience is a virtue, I do agree in some things maybe, but not in travel.
Grab every opportunity in your life whenever there's a chance. But of course, you can't just wait there until somebody hands you a full travel package for free, it's like, hello! You better work your ass off to make it happen, don't depend on someone to pay a trip for you. It's your dream, it's your desire, go for it, not later nor tomorrow, but do it now! Don't expect others to chase the dream on your behalf.
#5. TRAVEL LIGHT, LEAVE THE WORRIES
Traveling means enjoying all your personal time away from your real world, and in order for you to have freedom to be active and explore as much as you can and want, leave those unnecessary stuff and feelings too, only pack-up the positive things and thoughts with you, leave all your worries, they will only cause you burden and eventually snatch your happiness.
Claim the moment, the world has a lot of love to give and there are so much to explore.
#6. POWER-UP YOUR COMMON SENSE
So basic and literal. Best example is choosing an outfit for the trip. Be considerate and sensitive particularly when going for a long walk or hike, (e.g. girls) how dare you wear heels and skirts? If you only travel to show off, then folks, you-are-killing-it, better stay at home, you don't deserve to travel.
#7. NEVER COMPARE
The common negative action that most of the travelers do is comparing their trip with others which is truly unhealthy! According to Theodore Roosevelt, "Comparison is a thief of Joy", it can't help you to become productive.
Instead of stressing yourself out over a silly notion that the other traveler went somewhere more interesting than that of yours, focus on your own plan and how are you going to appreciate it. Every person has his/ her own unique journey.
Travel to learn, not to impress!
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