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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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Travel is our lifestyle; our luxury tribe – where we come together as one collective, united and driven by the desire to experience the best of the best, rooted in the freedom of possibilities – abundantly available through luxury travel, with beauty, as our canvas, and style as our artistic tool.

Join us as we explore and get culturally inspired. Travel. Beauty. Style. is our luxury gateway. Blog features focus on experiencing diverse cultures through the life of luxury, uniquely and creatively. Gather your bucket lists, cameras, journals, passports, chic outfits, trendy beauty must-haves and tastebuds…sit back and relax, as queens don’t catch feelings, we catch flights, trains, and ships – in beautiful style!

  • 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.

  • Really nice article. I also love exploring the not-so-touristy places – keeping balance on what-to-see and what others won’t usually do/see 😀

  • Adriana

    I have SUCH a love for traveling! I truly believe it’s one of the most important things you can do for yourself – to grow, to explore and to enjoy life in the moment! I have a travel bucket list and love crossing places off of it. So exciting and it never, ever gets old! I loved reading this!!

  • Carissa

    Love this!!! I love traveling and wish I could go more! “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.”” I absolutely love this tip!!!

  • Christy Garrett

    I wish that I could travel more. Guess I need to start a travel blog…haha.

    Even if I can’t travel far, I need to take your advice and go explore things where I live.

  • Lynn Dee

    Exploring the neighborhood is always a great idea because there is always a great surprise there, somewhere. We always do that when we travel.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra VA

    Wish we could do some traveling but both me and my husband have health issues that would pose a problem if we travel far away from home. I envy those people who travel extensively. I hope someday we can do that too.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    I make sure I travel often. It is such a wonderful feeling to be able to explore other places and learn about different cultures.I love sampling different cuisines and taking in the sights. My dream is to visit every country in the world!

  • Jonna

    I’m definitely traveling as often as I can these days. Even if just within the US, but i want to travel further as well to other countries.

  • Gingermommy

    Going on vacation is so much fun! I love being able to explore different places and foods and oh my.

  • I love this post! I wish I had traveled more when I was younger but I didn’t and now I’m trying to make up for it!! I have my next “mini” vacation planned already and I need to start saving for my next big one!!

  • David Elliott

    Sounds like a lot of things you learned out while traveling on your own. I am in agreement with you. You should not beholden to the people who have blazed a trail before you. You definitely need to blaze a trail of your own. I know the best places I have been to on my travels are places I didn’t know beforehand.

  • Those are some great tips. I have always been afraid to travel solo and I don’t know about going off the beaten path but it is something to think about.

  • ShaBree Henry

    Great tips! I’ve been reminding myself to live my best life now!

  • mail4rosey

    I agree that when you travel, you want it to be your own experience. Copying someone else’s just doesn’t feel authentic!

  • Kasi Perkins

    I agree, these are great tips! The earlier you start traveling, the better, but it’s never too late to start!

  • Thanks for sharing. I’m spending more time just being present and in the moment. Photos are awesome but these days I just want to BE.

  • Now these are awesome tips! I’ll admit, I do a lot of research and love to use my GPS. But maybe it’s time I just let all that go and just enjoy the experience in a new kind of way.