Take calculated chances.

Bungee jumping, like leaping from a perfectly good plane, is not for everyone. However, you do not need to be an adrenaline junkie (or even engage in anything remotely dangerous) to take some risks while traveling.

You could skip the Eiffel Tower in favor of a few lesser-known attractions, or you could completely avoid Paris in favor of a sleepy backwater with far fewer visitors.

While there is a possibility that you will be disappointed upon arrival, the potential rewards are well worth the risk. You might discover the ideal café, have a breathtaking view all to yourself or meet the person of your dreams. For better or worse, stories become more interesting when they deviate from the established path.

Try something new every day.

The disadvantage of staying at home is that routine sets in and it becomes increasingly difficult to inject some excitement into daily life. That is why individuals attend Zumba classes.

When you travel, however, you are constantly exposed to new sights, smells, flavors, and experiences. Make it a daily rule to try something new, and you’ll have a nice spring in your step even if you do end up back at Zumba.

Create connections.

It’s easy to whizz around the world in sterile jet planes and touristy resort hotels without ever meeting a single local. Take an hour or two away from the pool and make connections, whether with your Airbnb host or a vendor at the local market.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can learn; friendly, welcoming people exist throughout the world, and they’re frequently just as eager to learn from strangers as you are.

Remember that being more expensive isn’t always better.

It’s enjoyable to splurge—after all, you’re on vacation. The thing is, spending more money does not always translate into superior travel experiences. Often, the cheapest seats result in the most memorable encounters with strangers. And it’s usually the run-down, $20-per-night hotels that leave lasting impressions.

Pack light.

It’s true: for a two-week trip away, you may require eight pairs of jeans and fourteen t-shirts. However, this is improbable. Carrying less luggage is almost always a good thing when traveling (your back will thank you), and as our guide to packing light demonstrates, you don’t need half of the high-priced gadgets floating around online.

Exercise extreme caution.

“Leave only footprints,” the old adage states. That is easier said than done when you are required to drink bottled water in order to avoid contracting a stomach virus. Some people say that for a few months, they’ll drink out of disposable bottles, which will make a huge pile of plastic waste that will stay in the place where they went on vacation for 500 years.

In New Delhi, we don’t think it’s a good idea to drink straight from the tap to save the planet. But it’s worth noting that as a visitor, you can have a big impact on the environment.

Make a contribution.

Volunteering abroad is not always as straightforward as it appears. Consider visas, travel insurance, and background checks. Generally, there are charges. However, you do not have to be a paid ‘volunteer’ to contribute to the well-being of the place you are visiting.

It could be as simple as assisting local residents in cleaning up a beach or donating a few books to eager children. A little effort goes a long way, and you don’t always need the assistance of an NGO to make a significant impact.

Take careful photographs.

Photographs capture all of the minute details that can get lost in time’s fog. However, if you spend the entire trip squinting down the lens of your camera, you will miss out on the opportunity to create meaningful memories.

Additionally, keep in mind that most people, regardless of how exotic you believe them to be, do not appreciate having their photographs taken by strangers. If you’re not sure, ask – or just ignore the picture and smile at them instead.

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