Everyone travels for different reasons. It may be for history, sightseeing, or even the food. They are all valid opportunities to enjoy your destination adequately. However, I have found over the years, even when doing the stereotypical see the Eiffel Tour in Paris, you do not have to do it in a stereotypical way. So, here is how you can enjoy your vacation destination on a whole different level.
During the research of your destination (and you really should do some research), you may find interesting things to do along the way. For example, on a visit to Paris, while sightseeing those must-see tourist spots, I visited nearby chocolate shops. With the ubiquitous smartphone, it makes something like this quite easy. But, something as small as walking into a local chocolatier’s shop and tasting one of their delicious creations really added to the experience of an otherwise, see the tower, snap a pic, and move on to the next. Check out my article A Two Day Paris Tour “a la Chocolat” – Finding the Best Chocolate In Paris.
While visiting the Great Wall of China, there are various locations you could visit. I must say, just visiting the Great Wall is an experience to behold itself. However, if you want to take this experience to another level, head to the Great Wall section of Mutianyu where you can take a toboggan ride back down to the bottom. At this location, you can either hike up to the wall or you can take a chairlift (cable car). Once finished with your tour, you can 3-kilometer ride down a metal toboggan to the bottom. This was so much fun and if you read the TripAdvisor reviews, you’ll see why this is one of the top ways to visit The Wall.
But it isn’t always about specific tourist spots, it is more-so involving yourself where you visit. Another example is while visiting Shanghai, I took a Chinese cooking workshop where I learned to make wantons from scratch. No English speaking either (although it did say “English Class”). Taken out of my comfort zone? Yes! A memorable experience? YES YES YES! If you are not interested in a cooking class, try a walking food tour such as Eat with Locals, in Prague, Czech Republic. It gets 5-dots on TripAdvisor and I would agree. Our guide was informative, was able to answer questions we had and explained the relationship between the Czech culture and its cuisine.
Traveling is not only experiencing another faraway land, but it is also experiencing life – embracing differences and most especially, creating experiences.
So, on your next trip, think out of the box to get the most out of your trip so that you too can enjoy your vacation on a whole different level.
Thank for tripping with me.