Does each travel plan set your heart on fire? Are you passionate about exploring the world? Do you often dream of your next destination after one journey has ended? Then don’t let that candle of passion ever go out because getting into the swing of exploring the globe is exhilarating. In the words of Melody Truong. Here have a look on to the major 7 Habits of Explorers
“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.”
With each trip comes great take-away lessons and tools to help make each hour of the next travel better. In this article, we look at some habits of explorers that can also help you explore like them.
1. Expect Unexpected
When you are always on the road, living out of your comfort becomes a norm. The new places and new surroundings come with different challenges and platters to offer. Your tactics in the previous journey might not work in the next plan. Especially when you are an independent traveller, you need to analyse situations and adapt accordingly constantly.
2. Be Dis-comfortable
You must determine which variables you can prioritize. These could include variables like comfort, cost, risk, time, etc. When you prioritize such variables, you are working on creating multiple plans. The circumstances you face might even compel you to set up a new plan, and maybe later, you would realize that that was the best plan all along.
3. Convergent thinker
When you are an independent traveller, you tend to face many challenges, whether mundane issues like finding your way to a bus station to something as critical as representing personal danger, strikes, closed roads, non-availability of hotel rooms and other conflicts. During such situations, you must have an exit strategy in mind and find a way around it. This suits Christopher Columbus best: “By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may failingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.“
4. Evaluate priorities
Fruitful travel experiences often depend on seeking an outcome where everything is involved, satisfied, and feel that they have been respected in the process. It is not just about agreeing to the right price for your hotel room or negotiating with your travel buddies about which places to explore. It is so much more than negotiating for a shared space where cultural norms and standards may be at odds with your own.
5. Critical observer
To fully appreciate the beauty of a place, look out to filter out the noise. As David McCullough has rightly said, “Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” This will help you observe and experience the culture, people in other parts of the country. But also keep an open mind to all that is new and have different perceptions. Observing each and every beauty of the visited place is one of the major habits of explorers.
6. Quick learner
Develop and enhance the ability to learn quickly and find relevant sources. You can always find more information from locals that you could probably not find on the internet. So be open to new conversations and talk to the right people.
7. Bridge the Gap
Interacting with people who come from different places is the most rewarding part of traveling. But it could be quite exhausting at times. You would realize that you need to adjust to different cultures and languages frequently. So you must build your communication skills and build bridges of trust and relationships.
It is quite tempting to pack a million activities and places on your trip. But remember to set some time aside in your schedule for proper rest. If you are always tired and over-exert yourself, you might not have enough time to wander and discover the hidden gems that the world has to offer.
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