November 11, 2017

Tips for Spicing Up Your Travel If It Has Become Boring

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Plan An Activity Other Than Sightseeing

Going to museums and other typical tourist stuff isn’t the only way to travel. If you like to be active, you might want to do something like the New York City marathon, take cycling tour in Europe, or walk one of the “Great Walks” in New Zealand. If you have a normal fitness level but you’re not an athlete, there are easier ways to do active travel. For example, you can get a helicopter to carry your pack when doing multi day walks. Many of these types of options involve a bit more advance planning than your typical tourist trip, but can be very worth it.

Try a new stopover or airline

Sometimes people have trips they take yearly e.g., you immigrated to a new country and travel back to see your family once a year. In these cases, you might not have much choice about the destination you visit but you can vary other factors. For example, you could try a different destination as a stopover. Even trying a different airline can be fun, especially if you’re doing premium class, for instance if you fly between Europe/the UK and Australia/NZ and always fly Emirates, then Qatar Airways would be an alternative.

Splash out on business class.

Expanding on the point above, you can sometimes take advantage of very cheap business class fares. Look out for these e.g. follow @SecretFlying for deals alerts. You can also use miles for business class and you’ll typically get more value out of them this way that using your hard earned miles for economy. Websites like Flyertalk and The Points Guy have detailed trip reports with photos so you can see exactly what you’ll get. Different airlines, and sometimes different aircraft on the same airline, can mean the difference between amazing and mediocre premium class experiences. If you’re going to treat yourself, do you research rather than assuming any business class is the same as any other.

Travel with Different People

Going on trips with just your spouse and children isn’t the only option. If you’ve never traveled solo, you might want to take a solo trip. If you always visit family, your family might be interested in all going on a vacation together. The reverse is also true. Going to visit extended family or friends from college can be some of the most fun trips. We love to visit people but still stay in a hotel. This gives the best balance between privacy and spending time with people without imposing. You’ll the person you’re visiting will plan your activities for you, so this is a huge bonus as it saves a ton of time and energy you’d usually spend travel planning.

Change Your Trip Duration
Short trips are very different from long trips and vice versa. If you always take 2 week trips, try a few long weekend trips. If you only take short trips, look into whether you could take a sabbatical or work remotely so that you could spend a month or more in a destination. Long trips are great when you want to rent an apartment or house rather than stay in a hotel, and live like a local. Short trips are great if you want to go to a National Park, or do a short city break that’s only a short flight or drive away.

Photo by Peter Hammer of Milford Sound, New Zealand on Unsplash.