When Your Traveler Personality Dictates Your Destination
Tired of the same old traveler itineraries
As a traveler I have never run into issues deciding where to go on vacation. I do my research, look for flights, hotels and off I go. Except this summer, where I just can’t decide on a destination. I know, first world problems, right?
Part of the issue this summer is that I don’t want to do the usual touristy stuff. Recently I’ve done the likes of the Eiffel Tower in France, the ski resorts in Switzerland, and walked the historic district of Old Québec. All beautiful experiences, but also tourist traps.
Traveling to get immersed
I have often told myself that I should take a trip where I am able to immerse myself more into the local culture. Undoubtedly this is difficult to do in the usual seven to ten day vacation that we are allotted. But through careful planning a traveler should be able to experience more of what a country has to offer.
As a runner I have always planned my routes abroad so that they take me off the beaten path. My dream is to be able to experience rewarding travel experiences through my love of running. Therefore, I am also currently looking for a destination where I may be able to take part in a road race.
Sometimes the proposition of heading out by yourself in a land where you don’t speak the language, or know the local customs may seem like a daunting task. At the same time courage reaps the greatest rewards in an unfamiliar place.
Going off the beaten path
I believe in making it a point to interact with the locals. Furthermore, one should make an effort to learn some local basic words and greetings. I’ve found that this is the first key to an immersive experience in a foreign country. This approach has allowed me to experience more meaningful interactions.
My love of tacos allowed me to meet a Mexican ex-pat who set up a taco stand in Zürich. We had a long conversation regarding life in Switzerland all while I enjoyed one of my favorite foods! Similarly, I met two Swiss locals with whom I had a nice chat about relationships over a glass of wine on New Years eve.
So where am I heading?
That is still to be decided! Of course wherever I go I will look to make it the best immersive experience yet.
Have some tips for an immersive travel experience? We would love to hear from you! Let us know in the comment section below!