Travelling is more than just boarding your flight, checking into your hotel, and exploring some of the attractions of your destination. It’s about allowing yourself the opportunity to get outside of your comfort zone, to have an open mind and to be flexible, so that you can experience something new and enriching.

Travelling is about throwing qualms, and sometimes caution, to the wind to turn your trip into an unforgettable adventure. No amount of money or planning can do that. While some planning does help, it’s more about your attitude and willingness to go with the flow.

Travel Off Peak

Nothing can mar a trip more than being caught up in hordes of tourists. Travelling during the shoulder or off season is a great way to have a more authentic and quieter experience. By avoiding all the traffic, you may be exposed to unique adventures you would not have otherwise.

Pack Wisely

Lugging around heavy suitcases is not fun. It’s so tempting to pack everything – you never know what you might need, right? However, it often turns out to be more of a hassle than a lifesaver. Make sure you pack appropriately by checking the weather ahead of time and taking into consideration any activities you will be participating in. Besides, you should leave some room for the clothes and trinkets you pick up along the way.

Be Flexible

Try to keep an open mind and itinerary. Challenge yourself to embrace new customs and traditions, beliefs and experiences. You never know what may come of them. It will also stimulate mental and spiritual growth. While you should make general plans ahead of time, for example transportation, accommodations and any activities that require advanced booking, try not to have your itinerary completely booked. Some of the most exciting and enriching experiences are unforeseen. Take your time and allow things to unfold naturally.

Eat Local

It is often said that the best way to get to know a place and its culture is through the food. Nothing is more universal than food, but what is eaten, the way it’s prepared and how it is shared is what makes it so enlightening. Some places, like France, are known for their gastronomy and Michelin-starred restaurants. Although food is a big part of the culture here and in other regions, sometimes, it’s best to shy away from the typical tourist restaurants and opt for street food and trucks, bars and smaller family-owned establishments.

Use Local Transportation

Having your own rented car or driver can be comforting, but it does constrain you in some ways. If possible, try to use local buses, subways and other modes of transportation. In doing so, you’ll be forced to interact with the locals and you learn more about the surrounding area. After all, the best way to get around Amsterdam is by bike, and there is nothing more romantic than taking a bike ride through the streets of Paris.

Go Off the Beaten Path

As cliché as it may sound, venturing to the lesser known and crowded parts can be liberating and rewarding. Even the most cosmopolitan of cities have little hidden spots and treasures only known by locals. Moreover, it’s about a mindset and a challenge to stray from the pack and find your own adventure.

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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.