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Beloveds,

When you wait to travel, you are actually depriving yourself of the opportunity to get the best deals and other benefits for your adventure. Hundreds, if not thousands of friends, families, and travel enthusiasts will all have recommendations of what to and not to do, see, experience! But why base your trip on what others think you should do? Ex., waiting on our girlfriend to book her flight; only to end up booking the more expensive option, because the cheaper rate expired! Or, you take aunty’s recommendation on the best hotel to stay at but when you get there you realize that your taste and hers have a few decades of difference; budget, luxe or not.

Who wishes this was their next vacation?
Who wishes this was their next vacation?

Want to know a secret? The key to traveling, solo or group,  is to not follow the trails paved by others. No two people experience things the same way. If it has been done before, why not opt in for the road less traveled? When we rely on Yelp, TripAdvisor or Zagat, we end up booking checklists rather than bucket-lists. Now don’t get me wrong, wanting to see the wonders of the world are great, but imagine experiencing it from an unexplored approach.

How you ask? Simply get lost with purpose, on purpose…letting the wind take you where GPS cannot imagine!

  • Take trains, buses, bikes – even walk to your destinations. You get a better hands-on view of the locale.
  • No GPS allowed! Don’t focus on “getting there,” rather relish in “being there” wherever there may be. Instead of using your phone’s location apps, put your camera to work. Capture the moments and memories of “there and now.”
  • Explore the neighborhood. Stroll through the areas that are adjacent and within close proximity of your accommodations. Visit the markets, shops, and eateries. Tip: Look for mom and pop spots where the locals crowd instead of Zagat recommendations. 
  • Get social! Use apps like WAYN, HelloTel, Trover, Steller, Heylets, which allows you to get social with fellow travelers and enthusiasts.
  • Be open to the experience. Delight yourself in following the allure of your intuition. Be optimistic about to see your journey as the natives do. Tip: Please remember to be safe. As a tourist/visitor – your are a prime target for scams, pickpocketing, and in rare cases assault. So always remember that safety is a priority. 

When I went to Tijuana, Mexico a few years ago, I had an amazing time and experience. We went by tour bus from Los Angeles, California. The ride to the border was very relaxing and full of agriculture and oceanic sceneries. I was part of an expedition that was touring various Alternative Medicine facilities for terminal cancer patients (I was gathering intel for my client).

Surf's up! Are you ready to find the perfect wave?
Surf’s up! Are you ready to find the perfect wave?

I learned about raw juicing, how much cancer loves sugar, and how much life exists in stage 4 cancer patients. A few of us (including a man struck with stage 4 cancer) managed to sneak away to a quaint mom-and-pop shop, located immediately across from one of our stops. Obviously, the natives spoke very little English, but the cuisine was genuinely authentic, smack-your-momma good.” And the view…the Pacific Ocean sat right in their backyard. For $5 each US; what an abundance of fresh, home-cooked Mexican cuisine.

“I will never forget the excitement on the shop owner’s faces when we paid? I promise you, it’s like that $15 paid their bills and more for months! We sat, ate and chatted. For someone who had months to live, this gentleman was living it up to the fullest, stopping to enjoy the simplistic splendors of life – many take for granted! Travel was his last hoorah…and he had no time or desire to wait to experience it!

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I love this! Nothing good ever happens when you wait for anything! If you want something, you have to go for it! You have to take it!

  • When we travel, we like to hit up touristy things, but I also like to Google “hidden gems in ____”. It usually gives us some great little things that most people don’t do, except for locals.

  • Marcie W.

    I could not agree more! I have a deep yearning to not only see the world, but to embrace every new culture and experience I encounter along the way. Life is far too short to wait.

  • Daria Vinning

    Awesome and so true. I’m adventurous but my fiance has sooooooo many hangups about things, what’s going to end up happening is he’s going to start getting left. I always say time waits for no one and this is no different. You must make it happen and just do it! Thanks for sharing!

  • reddel

    You couldn’t be more right! So many people wait. Wait for this. Wait for that. Life is short you never know what’s going to come along. Travel is definitely something that shouldn’t be missed.

  • Marysa

    Traveling is such a great way to see the world. Sounds like you had a very interesting experience when you visited Mexico.. those are things you can’t plan on, but can expect from traveling.. the unexpected!

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    You’re right. We haven’t exactly copied anyone else’s itinerary. Everything changes with everyone’s preferences, time, and budget. Getting lost on purpose may be fun but also dangerous especially if the place is too foreign.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    SO many great tips for traveling in this post. I agree with you, I Feel like my husband and I have missed some perfect travel opportunities because we say “next year” and then the plan never happens. I have never been to Mexico. I hope to go some day.

  • We had a similar experience with the food in Mexico. Some of the best restaurants are the little ‘hole in the wall’ type places – fresh, tasty and cheap! …I agree with you. Explore the world – even in your own backyard.

  • Jessica Hughes

    These are such great tips. I really love seeing all of the “tourist” spots but I also love getting off of the beaten path and discovering the unique places and things of the places I travel to.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    I agree, enjoy the opportunities you have and get out there, travelling is so rewarding!

  • Angela Milnes

    The story about visiting the mexican shop is cool. I once worked in a 3rd world country in a shop and we lived off every dollar we earnt. When we made a big sale, we had money to buy luxuries like eggs or chicken and it was fantastic.

  • sara

    This is so true! I used to not travel because my children were very young. In the past two years I have been traveling a lot and enjoying myself SO much more!

  • These are great tips for having a more relaxed and spontaneous travel experience! I often try to plan everything out to the last detail, but I will try to be more like you next time 🙂

  • I love to travel. It gives you the opportunity to see and experience places that you wouldn’t regularly. And if you are a little adventurous, you can experience some really great things along the way.