Travel like me – open-minded, in the now, fearless & ready for adventures! Here’s a few tricks I’ve learned along the way to explore a destination to the fullest.
Get to the highest point first. It will give you the best vantage point to see the city’s layout and is usually a great location for panoramic snaps.
Recreationally time travel. As you walk around, imagine the city as it was 10, 100, or even 1,000 years ago.
Eat local. Getting out of your comfort zone while traveling includes what’s on your plate! Ask for the daily specials, the catch of the day, the house wine or local beer on tap. Another great way to eat healthy while traveling is to find the farmer’s markets for fresh fruits, bread and veggies.
Always purchase fresh coconuts. Unless you live in Bali or some other other tropical climate, your hydration resources are most likely bottled.Treat yourself to a fresh coconut. It’s delicious and hydrating, and just plain awesome. Plus, you help out the man (or woman) with the coconut shack/cart make a couple bucks.
Learn the language. Learn how to say hi, cheers, and thank you wherever you are going. These simple words can go a long way with locals, and sometimes even get you a free drink. You’ll find a few phrases, and some slang in my Language section.
Hey babe, take a walk on the sunny side. Make a commitment to always walk on the sunny side of the street. It’s prettier, warmer, and gives you an excuse to wear sunglasses. You can even make a game out of it.
Practice the ‘or’ philosophy at all times. This one is key. The ‘or’ philosophy is essential in never taking ‘no’ for an answer. And why should you? You should be able to do whatever you want (legally speaking). If someone should tell you ‘no’ (rude), just smile, and kindly reply “orrrrrr, you could let me on that yacht, past that rope, apply that discount code,” etc. The point is there is always another way. Never settle.
Search popular & local hashtags. You’ll get a sense of what is happening in the area, as well as locals’ favorite spots you may have overlooked. To get an “insider” perspective, search for local bloggers and their favorites.