Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did.” When you’re traveling, you have a chance to go outside your comfort zone and experience something new – and it’s these moments that usually make the best travel memories.
So, when you return from vacation and settle back into your old routines, what might you regret not doing while you were away?
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Not Trying the Unfamiliar Food
Even if you aren’t sure you’ll like it, it’s always worth trying the local cuisine when you’re traveling. Food is a huge part of the identity of a culture, so it’s important for gaining an understanding of the place you’re visiting. Instead of overpriced tourist restaurants, look for the cheap place that’s popular with the locals.
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Not Talking to Strangers
Sometimes it’s the people who you meet that can make your travels much more memorable. Make sure you talk to others on your trip, including locals and other travelers. Use your instincts of course and be safe, but don’t be afraid to engage in conversation! When you get home, you will be glad you talked to people, had a good time and made new friends during your adventures.
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Not Documenting Your Travels
Years from now when you’re looking back on your amazing trip, it will be a lot harder to remember the details of the experience. You will regret not taking more photos and writing down your experiences. Even if you only take a small travel journal and make a few notes in it every day, you will be very glad you did when you’re reading over those notes in the future.