Want to make that holiday glow last longer? Well, you wouldn’t be the only one! The thing with holidays is that once they’re over, it can seem like they happened a long time ago and the only things we’ll remember are from our memories. Those memories can become cloudy and will eventually wear off, then we’ll forget we even went on holiday. We won’t remember half the things we did and it will probably stop coming up as a topic of conversation sooner or later.
If you want to make those holiday memories last longer, then here are six fantastic ways to get more from your holidays.
Take Friends and Family With You
If you want to make your holidays a lot more memorable, then it’s important to take your friends and family with you. A holiday is a fantastic opportunity to experience new things, meet new people and indulge in new hobbies. However, it’s best enjoyed with people around you so that you can share those memories together. Think about how much more fun hiking would be if you had people around you, or how much more enjoyable a road trip could become if you had close friends in the back with you. It’s also safer to travel with friends and family than on your own, so there are plenty of good reasons for bringing your others along.
It can sometimes be difficult to try and convince friends and family to come along with you, so it’s important to plan your holiday at an early stage so that you have more time to set it up. Friends that cancel at the last minute aren’t good candidates to take on holiday with you, and family members with commitments are going to be hard to convince. Try and pick your travelling companions carefully so that you can all have a fantastic time together this is free of hassle, complications and negative vibes.
Snap Lots of Pictures
You most likely carry your smartphone with you on holiday, so why not keep it charged with a portable battery bank and make use of the camera? Nowadays, smartphone cameras are incredibly powerful and they can easily rival standalone cameras (at least, the lower-end). While separate cameras will always have a place, if you don’t want to carry them around in a camera bag then you can just snap up pictures with your phone. Take pictures of the scenery, take pictures with your friends, snap up a couple of selfies in front of wonderful locations and save the memories of people you meet on your journey.
Aside from just printing them out or uploading them to social media to remember, you can use these photos in a variety of different ways. For instance, sending postcards with your holiday images can be a fantastic way to show your friends what you’re up to during a long travel break. The photos can also be used to create collages, and you can even post them to your blog and write about your travels for a little bit of side income. If you use a high-quality smartphone camera or standalone camera to take the pictures, then you may even qualify your pictures to be sold as stock photo images. In short, taking pictures is an important part of any holiday, just remember to actually do it by using your phone or by carrying a separate camera with you. They’re not as expensive as you might think and the quality is outstanding. Plus, it won’t eat into your phone’s battery for those all-important tasks like using maps and calling.
Be Adventurous With Food
While travelling, you’ll probably come across a huge variety of different cuisines and foods. If you really want to embrace your travels, then it’s important to try as many different types of food as you can. This is so you can expand your palette, experience new things and live to tell about your experiences trying unique and wonderful foods. Not only is it a great way to build new taste buds and learn about cuisine from around the world, but it’s also a fantastic way to learn about the culture of people you meet and the type of traditions they follow.
Food is a brilliant way to communicate with others. It’s a type of unspoken language that everyone can appreciate (as long as you have an iron stomach and an open mind!) so take advantage of it as much as possible. Graciously accept food when it’s served to you, take opportunities if you’re invited into someone’s house for homemade food and take a look at travel blogs that are dedicated to eating so that you can find a unique and wonderful place to get a bite to eat. Being open with the type of foods you eat and trying new things can also make you popular with the locals if you’re backpacking or exploring some of the less-travelled streets. This is a fantastic way to build relationships and make new friends, so there’s more to expanding your palate than you might think when it comes to travelling.
Avoid Tourist Attractions
If you’re going to travel to a popular location then it’s worth looking at the tourist attractions. Not for the sake of actually visiting them, but to avoid them! It sounds crazy; after all, would you visit Paris and not go gaze at the Eiffel Tower or even climb into it? While it is an iconic landmark, it shouldn’t devalue all of the culture, tradition, food and meet you can meet by exploring less-walked roads. Whether it’s curious back alleys that lead to local eateries or hiking paths that go off the trial, it’s important to have an adventurous spirit so that you’re more likely to travel for the sake of travelling, not to see some boring tourist attractions.
But once you avoid tourist attractions, where do you go from there? It takes a bit of research to find lesser-known spots to explore and discover new things, but it’s easy to find the information if you know where to look. Travel blogs are incredibly popular for this reason; they help you differentiate between worthwhile tourist attractions and where more fun can be had away from the queues and away from the crowds. Alternatively, you could go wherever your sense of direction leads you and embrace every minute you spend in another country as a form of discovery.
Experience New Things
Whether it’s going on a road trip instead of a typical holiday, taking a cruise journey or backpacking for the first time, it’s important to seek out new experiences whenever you travel. In addition to methods of travelling, you should also seek out new experiences in the country that you visit. For instance, if you visit a country just for its nightlife, bars and beaches, why not look at the history of the country, take walks around town during the day and look online for more things to see? If you pigeonhole yourself into a single form of entertainment or attraction then you’ll blind yourself to everything that’s around you.
By experiencing new things, you essentially broaden your horizons so that you have more exciting things to remember, you’ll have more things to take pictures of and you’ll learn more about the country, its culture and the people that live in it. Memorable things are usually the ones that break the norm. You’re more likely to remember doing something that’s completely unlike you as opposed to doing something that you’re used to. For example, you’ll probably remember going backpacking for the first time in an Asian country, but you probably won’t remember much about your visits to the local bars that you’ve been to dozens of times before. In short, don’t be afraid of change–do something different now and then and embrace uncertainty when you travel.
Make New Friends
And lastly, we can’t forget about making more friends. Even if you don’t speak the language very well, there are plenty of opportunities to make new friends and forge new bonds with people in other countries. You’ll pick up a few lines of dialogue that you can use, you’ll learn their mannerisms and you’ll also find out local spots to eat at and also local attractions. It’s one of the best ways to make memories when travelling because most of the people you meet can be contacted again over the internet via social media, and you can record videos and take photographs together to cement the friendships you made.
Some people find it difficult to speak to strangers, but once you get over that anxiety barrier it’s actually relatively easy to make friends with locals in other countries. People are always excited to meet foreigners and being from another country is actually a great way to start a conversation. Be warned, however, because some people will likely try to scam or con you for your money, so always try to judge someone before you become too invested in them. This happens more often than you think, so always be wary of what they’re asking of you.