Travel is a great way to experience new cultures, see iconic sights and learn more about the world, but it’s important to look beyond luxury resorts and world-class restaurants. While it’s fun to treat yourself while you’re away from home, you can incorporate other aspects into your trips too. If you want to make your holidays a little more meaningful and a whole lot more memorable, take a look at these top tips now:
Planning a volunteering holiday lets you experience your destination in a whole new way and get involved with a cause you’re passionate about. From South African volunteering on wildlife reserves to working with turtles in Costa Rica, there are endless opportunities to consider. What’s more – you’ll find volunteer trips aimed at families, holidaymakers and gap year travellers, so there’s something for everyone to get involved in.
Get to Know the Locals
When you visit a new destination, it might be tempting to lounge by the pool or enjoy the delights of your resort but don’t miss out on the chance to spend time with local people too. Going off the beaten track and exploring less touristy locations will give you a chance to get to know your location and the people who live there.
Give Yourself Time to Relax
When you want to see the main attractions, try new activities and enjoy the local nightlife, it’s easy to plan an action-packed itinerary for your holiday. However, a fast-paced schedule doesn’t give you time to relax, unwind or explore hidden gems. When you factor in some downtime, you’ll be able to enjoy your surroundings at a leisurely pace and really soak up the culture and ambience of your destination.
Spend Time Outdoors
Many people plan a holiday in a hot location so they can enjoy some sun (especially if you’re travelling from the UK!). However, swimming in a pool or reclining on the beach isn’t the only way to enjoy the great outdoors. Make the most of nearby hiking trails, explore cities and towns on foot and enjoy an al fresco dinner when you can. Not only will you get to know the area, but you’ll also feel inspired and energised when you spend more time surrounded by nature.
Get to Know Your Destination
Before you start packing your bags, take the time to really research your destination and get to know the local areas. The internet makes it easier than ever to learn more about far-flung locations, so you can get the lowdown on where you’re going ahead of time. This will help you to identify local volunteering opportunities, create a list of ‘must visit’ landmarks and identify great places to visit that aren’t on the tourist trail.
Make the Most of Your Holidays
Wherever you’re heading to on your next holiday, be sure to make the most of your time there. By adding a little extra meaning to your trip, you can ensure your next trip will be filled with memories you’ll cherish forever.