Local Ceremonies and Take Classes –
This is one great way to peer into the soul of the
culture, and study more about your destination. For instance, when in Hong
Kong, you could attend a Cantonese Opera, and even take on a Feng Shui or Tai
Chi class. It all depends on where you find yourself. In Italy, you could get
busy with their different cuisines, and even take cooking classes. In Thailand,
you can indulge yourself in meditating with monks at this monastery and that; as
much as time permits. Taking on their various doings would definitely keep you
in the know about the culture(s) of your destination.
Stay Passionate and Only Flow with the Present –
With traveling, there is no past and future; life only
exists now. Fully experience every moment. Do away with your computers, phones,
and lenses, and let your natural senses soak up the different environment and
culture around you as you move. Be attentive in your conversations, take in
every detail, and stay aware of everything that’s happening around you as you
travel. You want to stay safe, excited, and in the know on your travels? Being
present and active at all times on your trip is the best way to do that.
Embrace Every Difference You Encounter –
Why travel to a new destination if you want everything
to still be like the place you left behind? That would simply be a case of
traveling from point A, and still ending up at point A in another location.
Different cultures, traditions, currencies, beliefs, and languages make the
world a vibrant and exciting place. What would there be for us to learn and
enjoy if everything was the same everywhere we go? You need to embrace the
diversity you encounter on your journey, because sameness gets boring more
often than not.
Listen, Interact, and Study Everything –
Make an effort to blend into the existing culture by
interacting with the locals of every place you find yourself, and with other
travelers as well. Ask them interesting questions that run deep into their
cultures and beliefs. Listen with apt attention and be sure to take down notes;
physically and mentally. Be sure to let them in on your own culture as well and
always put out a warm front. Expand your horizons and embrace cultures and
beliefs that are totally different to yours. As the saying goes: “When in
Rome, you behave like the Romans”.
Dine with the Locals within Your Destination –
One of the most important ways to make your trip
unique and memorable is to connect with a new culture or destination by having
a firsthand experience of their food. And if possible, how they’re made, and
how they’re eaten. By dining with locals, it’s easier to talk to them about
their cultural and religious beliefs, the socio-economic fabric of the place,
the history of the food you’re having, and some interesting local stories about
the destination. And you could also offer to buy the locals a meal or two, in
exchange for more information.
Pick the Surrounding Accommodations Instead Of Staying In Hotels –
There may be a lot of luxury and comfort associated
with hotels, but you should know that hotels often lack that memorable and
unique charm and character. Staying around the locals is a way to gather unique
memories, because you get to personally relate with them and chat with other
travelers in the common areas. This also allows you to experience a part of the
local culture, as you could visit their local eateries, shops, local markets,
and even inviting them over to have a taste of your own cooking.
Do well to not skip little details; because the end of
a journey isn’t what counts, it’s the journey itself that does. Your personal
findings, experiences, and deeds on your journey are all that usually pile up
to create unique memorable experiences. It’s always important to realize that
there is more to exploring a new destination than to read or be told about it.
Always look beyond the obvious, and find ways to connect with the people and
experience the various cultures that would provide you with that unique and
memorable travel experience that you’ll never forget.