Change your perspective
Walking around the city is amazing, but sometimes the best way to see your city is from a different perspective. Find the highest point of your hometown, and enjoy the view from up here. You will definitely fall in love with your city all over again.
Imagine how wonderful it must look now with all the Christmas decorations. You will be mesmerized. Seeing the city from a different perspective will definitely make you feel like a tourist in your hometown.
Participate in local events
You’ve probably heard about some events in your hometown, but chances are you haven’t been a part of all of them. That’s a great thing, because now you get to experience your city from a whole other angle.
Find out what events are being organized in your hometown, and make sure you visit them. Or even become a part of some of them. It does not matter if that is a local acting group organizing a Christmas play or a Christmas football tournament, it will make you feel much closer to your community. But, you’ll still be discovering something new, which will make you feel like a tourist for sure.
If you don’t want to get involved too much and actually participate, you can always be a part of it by cheering the rest of your community on.
No matter how long you’ve lived in your hometown, there’s always something new that will inspire you and make you fall in love with it all over again. These are only some of the ideas which can help you out. Enjoy!
Make a Date
How many times in your daily life do you pass a new place in town and tell yourself that you’ll check it out ‘one day’ only for that day to never come? Without a firm plan in place, we’re talking time and date here people, you’ll never get around to it. So pull out your diary and make a date to check out as many of those new and interesting places as you possibly can.
Explore Those Dark Back Alleys
Contrary to what most people think, street back alleys are not only the places where businesses throw their trash. These twisted locations also often experience some interesting drama unfolding within them.
And since tourism also includes seeking new experiences, I think these out-of-the-way spots also count.On one occasion, I personally witnessed a mafia-like brawl taking place in a back alley between drug addicts. Each accused the other of stealing cocaine from a dealer, who I was shocked to learn was the town constable. In a Nancy Dew like move, I recorded the entire exchange on my mobile phone. This video recording later led to many arrests and the public sacking of the said official.
Ride a rollercoaster.
If you’re a thrill-seeker, why not spend an exciting day screaming down the hills and around the bends of a rollercoaster at your city’s amusement park? Try going on a weekday to avoid long lines, and enjoy acting like a kid again!
Be your Own Boss
In your normal life, you are doing a 9 to 5 job, answerable to people at work, at home, your friends; and your life just circles around them. In all of this, you forget that this is YOUR life and you have the right to live it your way. That’s exactly what travelling full time is going to bring you. You can be your own boss and finally do things your way.
Become comfortable with yourself
Traveling opens you up to understanding your true personality, how you deal with situations, and ultimately allows you to become comfortable with who you really are. For those who feel comfortable traveling alone, you know it’s a time for some self-reflection and soul-searching
Chase your dreams
When you were young you would say, “I’ll go to Canada to see the Northern Lights one day”. Well now is the opportunity to follow your dreams and travel anywhere you wish.
Learn the History
Textbooks can only teach you so much, the best education is to experience iconic locations for yourself. Every country is rich in culture and tradition, you will learn fun facts along the way, share tips with other travelers, and will ultimately gain new ideas and experiences.
Explore different cultures
The world is full of various cultures that most people do not get to experience, but full time travelers are blessed with the privilege to gain knowledge and explore the traditions of the world. There is no one right way to think, and being open to diverse cultures allows you to explore more about your capacity for acceptance.
Learn Something New
While travelling, you are always bound to learn something new every day. Little things would be an eye opener to you and you might wonder how you dint see it all these years. You will be exposed to a whole new lot of things that you would have never noticed otherwise.
Enjoy the local food
If you’re a traveler, one of the most fulfilling things is enjoying local cuisines that expand your palate. With the diverse cuisines the world has to offer, food lovers have a definite reason to travel full time.
Books Vs Reality
We all have studied about the History of the world. But experiencing first hand always teaches us much beyond what is there in the books. So get on your expedition to explore the world, you never know you might create history the way Vasco da Gama did.
Pursue your Passion
If you are still unsure about travelling full time, you can always pursue your passion to travel full time. You might be either passionate about photography, painting, dancing, sports or any form of art and you can make that as your gateway to live your dream to travel along with your passion.
Be out of the ordinary
Living in a city and working a 9-5 job could have its exciting points, but ultimately it can be repetitive and draining. Being a full time traveler means you’re constantly on the move, learning new things, and challenging yourself.
You will get to know yourself better
Once you are out there on the road on your own you will be faced with decisions you need to make, fears you need to overcome and discover your true self and how much you are capable of. Travelling exposes you to raw experiences where you get to know the person inside you, that little kid that always wanted to travel, wander, expand and grow as a human being through exploring different places around the world.
Once you are on your own, you will discover the importance of following and listening to your own heart. You will focus much better and enjoy the experience. You will live and feel now. A destination far away might help you find answers about your true purpose in life and what is it you are really meant to do.
It will get you out of your comfort zone
Going to unknown places and destinations will challenge you to learn how to rely on yourself at difficult times. Being away from the comfortable bubble of your home will challenge you in many different ways and test your patience. Only by putting yourself out there, you will be able to explore this beautiful planet and discover many new and exciting places.
You might be challenged to explain where you are going to a local person or do hiking for hours in the mountains. Both of these experiences will test your ability to overcome obstacles, challenge you and help you grow as an individual.
It is cost effective
When you travel on your own it is much easier to keep up with your budget because you are the one who decides where and what to eat. That also means that it is much easier to save up money for other things such as trying an adventurous sport or travelling to a distant island.
You will make new friends easier
When you are travelling alone you interact with more people rather than when you are travelling with someone. When you are travelling alone there are a lot of reasons why you interact with new people such as sitting at a bar alone is not a good call, so you interact with someone or someone might just come and talk to you and it’s no science that people move forward and help a solo person more than people who are in groups.
You will learn how to rely on yourself
Travelling to other countries in the world will show you the importance of relying on yourself in difficult situations. You are the one and most important person in your life so make sure you learn how to trust your own heart, take decisions and make your own choices. That will help you further in life when it comes to taking an important step in your life because you will realise that it is you who creates the reality around you and it is significant to respect your own needs.
You improve your language skills
When you travel in a group then you really do not have an emergency need to talk to someone native because you can talk to your own friends and enjoy your time but when it comes to the solo travel you are all on your own and obviously, you need to talk and interact. Being a foreigner when you interact with a native person you learn a lot of words and common phrases from their language.If you want to read more stories from our solo holidays to Italy, click here to download our free, singles holidays booklet.
It is good for your well-being
Each one of us can admit that travelling makes us happy and excited. It can reduce stress, calm your body and mind and also show you one of the most important reasons we live on this planet: to reunite with the natural world and be part of every beautiful place on the Earth.
The Turquoise Coast, Turkey
If you Google “is Turkey safe”, you’ll get 1.5 billion answers. The real answer, of course, depends on where you want to visit. If it’s Turkey’s beautiful Turquoise Coast, the answer is definitely YES. The coastline is blessed with amazing beaches, fabulous landscapes, sensational food and brilliant hotels. Better still, it’s one of the cheapest summer destinations on the market.
Go with i-escape: For beachside bliss on a budget, the lovely wooden cabins at Azur are surrounded by idyllic gardens, a pool, and stunning views. 4 Reasons is a Med-Zen chill-out hotel near Bodrum, with a lively bistro bar. For groups or families, try the 2 superb villas at Mandarin & Mango in the wilds of seaside Faralya.
Amazingly, Austria remains Europe’s best-kept secret. Hemmed in by jolly Germany and fancy Italy, you’d think the Austrians would be fed-up of their noisy neighbours, but not a chance. For they have secret wonders – 2 staggeringly beautiful cities, a culture that encourages genius (Mozart, Freud, Wittgenstein) and Europe’s most breathtaking Alpine wonderland. Go now.
Go with i-escape: Our favourite new place in Salzburg is the stylish Hotel & Villa Auersperg close to the historic centre. In the heart of Vienna, try the ultra-spacious rooms of The Guesthouse. For Alpine splendour, you can’t beat the great value of Haus Hirt – voted ‘Best European Hotel 2018’ by our guests
On 6 June, Normandy dominated the world’s media. The date marked the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, and the famous beaches witnessed a procession of world leaders paying their respects to those who fought, and died, in this decisive allied operation. Yet beyond Omaha and Juno, a quieter Normandy awaits. This is the Normandy of fairytale chateaus, dreamy meadows, fantasy coastlines and Monet’s magical garden. And don’t forget the heavenly cheese and cider!
Go with i-escape: Families will adore the new Manoir de Surville set in peaceful farmlands. Kids will also love the vast grounds of 19th-century chateau Le Castel. Couples should try the romantic gite La Vie de Cocagne or the elegant country retreat La Louviere in southern Normandy (the food is delish).
The whole world fell in love with Morocco over the last decade, with special attention lavished on Marrakech. This year, the real Morocco is being re-discovered. Explore the untouched stretches of the Atlas Mountains, the boho surfing towns on the Atlantic coast, or the secluded sands of the Sahara Desert. Feed your wanderlust.
Go with i-escape: In the High Atlas, the colourful Douar Samra guesthouse promises the most extraordinary arrival of your life. In Essaouira, the astonishing Salut Maroc is a must, as is the fabled Baoussala. For a truly unique experience, venture into the Sahara Desert and sleep below the stars at Camp Adounia.
With better transport links and a generational shift in travellers wanting local culture, Mexico is witnessing a revolution. You can feel the buzz in its vibrant creative capital, Oaxaca – the birthplace of mezcal. The city and surrounding countryside offer truly authentic experiences: outrageous fiestas, fabulous street food, stunning colonial architecture and the jaw-dropping Monte Alban pyramid complex, now a World Heritage site. See it before the crowds arrive.
Go with i-escape: Oaxaca city is blessed with affordable boutique hotels. Our 2 favourites are the stylish Casa Oaxaca, with its excellent cuisine and pool; and the intimate 3-bedroom colonial house La Casa de los Milagros (‘the House of Miracles’) in the heart of the city.
Five years ago, Porto was nowhere. Today, it’s on every hipster’s bucket list. Portugal’s second city is enjoying an amazing renaissance, largely thanks to its young citizens. Last year saw an explosion of new boutique shops, restaurants and lively bars. But the city also boasts Medieval architecture, blue flag beaches and the world’s most beautiful bookstore. And it’s only 2 hours from London!
Go with i-escape: We love these stylish seafront self-catering apartments (for 2-5), just a tram ride from the historic centre. Rosa Et Al Townhouse is a great-value design hotel in Porto’s dynamic arty quarter. Just outside the city, Solar Egas Moniz is a charming new family-run guesthouse with fantastic prices (kids under 12 stay free).
The Balearic Islands for Families
For the first time in a generation, the Balearics will be free of Club 18-30 revellers. The recent demise of the party brand is great news for Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca, who can now focus on what they do best – providing sun-kissed family holidays with plenty of activities (picnic beaches, jeep safaris, cave tours, zip-lining), along with lots of stylish family hotels.
Go with i-escape: For Ibiza, Agro Can Gall is a relaxed 11-room finca set in beautiful grounds. These 4 family rentals in Cala Carbo have pools and sea views, while Can Talaias, near San Carlo, is a wonderful boho agriturismo. For Mallorca, StayCatalina apartments (for 2-5) are lovely family options, as is Portixol, a super-stylish harbourside hotel near Palma. For Menorca, the small yet family-friendly Casa Alberti hotel has a real soul.
With breathtaking scenery, undiscovered beaches, UNESCO World Heritage towns, a burgeoning wine culture and incredible Southern European cuisine, this country should be on everyone’s radar for 2019. While it used to be considered a stopover that travelers combined with its popular neighboring country, Croatia, this Adriatic paradise has experienced a development boom this past year, making it a perfect country to explore on its own. The legendary Aman Sveti Stefan, a fortified island that dates to the 15th century, is the go-to spot for rest and relaxation with its pink-sand beach and killer spa. In nearby Tivat, the glitzy Regent Porto Montenegro is a prime place for shopping, socializing, beach clubs and boating; a St. Tropez scene, though at a more reasonable price. Meanwhile, the recently opened Chedi Lustica Bay, part of the new Lustica Bay Marina Village, is one of seven hotels to be built in this area, complete with an 18-hole golf course, along with the One & Only Portonovi, due to be finished by the end of next year. With luxury accommodations now able to match its stunning surroundings, Montenegro is a place to put on your horizon in the new year.
Here’s a striking thought: Sri Lanka is smaller than Ireland but it contains golden beaches, gorgeous waterfalls, wild elephants, sacred temples, epic mountain ranges, modern cities and probably your last chance to spot a leopard in the wild. And that’s just scratching the surface. Take a stunning train ride, surf the southern coasts, or just relax with the best cup of tea of your life.
Go with i-escape: The Saffron House on the south coast is a stylish staffed villa, perfect for families (sleeps 4-8). On the east coast, new luxury tented resort Karpaha Sands occupies a deserted beach and has a wonderful vibe. Brand-new Rukgala Retreat is a tranquil wellness retreat in the Knuckles Mountains, an hour from Kandy. And chic Serendipity Villa (for 2-5) on a golden beach in Galle was voted ‘Best Long-haul Rental 2018’ by our guests.
Suddenly, everybody’s talking about Scotland. Is it the Brexit bounce? Who knows, but the majestic lochs and dramatic glens of bonnie Scotland are the UK’s prime destination this year. With a new high-speed train network, a surging interest in the Highlands, and Edinburgh being voted Britain’s most attractive city, you’d be aff ye heid not to visit.
Go with i-escape: Mhor 84 motel is a fabulous gateway to the Scottish Highlands, with great food and terrific prices. 15 Glasgow is an opulent B&B townhouse near the city centre. In Edinburgh, The Dunstane is a luxurious small hotel in a grand Victorian villa in peaceful Haymarket, while the gorgeous Georgian apartments at The Chester Residence are perfect for weekend breaks.
We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!
Make Photocopies of Important Documents
In my early twenties, I was very good about keeping a copy of my passport in a separate bag from my actual passport. Then I got lazy. Recently, a friend of mine lost her passport at the airport. She was told that if she had brought a copy of it and extra passport photos they would have let her travel. Since she didn’t, she was forced to forfeit a $2,000 flight and a week in Europe. I now carry a copy with me.
Pack Extra Underwear
Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs in case of emergencies. Another option is to pack these quick-dry underwear so you can easily wash them on the road.
Pre-plan Your Outfits
I’m a lazy, last-minute packer, so I’ve spent too many trips with all black or all grey outfits because I didn’t plan my outfits before packing. I look back at photos and wish I had put more effort into packing.
Bring Lotion in Your Carry-on
I fill both sides of a contact lens case with hydrating lotion (I use this all-natural hydrating lotion) because they rarely have it in the lavatories and airplane cabins are exceptionally dry.
Stay Hydrated on Planes
I know it’s fun to get drunk at 30,000 feet, but it’s also much easier to get dehydrated. Staying hydrated — especially on long-haul flights — makes it easier to get over jet lag too.
Ask The Locals
We always ask the locals to point us to the best restaurants, awesome spots to watch the sunset, the best coffee shops, etc. I do like to tell people what type of food I’m craving though. I’ve been led to some interesting restaurants that wouldn’t have been my first choice.
Beware of Free Public WIFI
I always try to avoid logging into bank accounts or entering any passwords while I’m using free public WIFI at a place like an airport. I’m not as strict about it once I’ve gotten to my hotel, especially if they have a password for their wifi
Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company of Your Travel Plans
This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas.
Leave Room for Spontaneity
Don’t plan your entire itinerary ahead of time. It’s tempting, I know, but those unplanned moments while traveling can be the best memories.