Do you experience major FOMO when you travel – sometimes even before you get to your destination?
There’s a culture now, mostly led by social media, about the best things to do on your getaway. But what happens when you just left yourself go without a set agenda?
“It might feel scary, perhaps even unnatural, but letting your curiosity – and, on a fundamental level, your instincts – take the lead while traveling can be one of the most fulfilling experiences in your life.” (Alex Bowers)
Personally I get overwhelmed by all the travel advice out there. I completely understand that people are projecting this advice because they found some pretty cool shit or amazing tasting food often off the beaten path – which in turn becomes beaten. But there’s something about “second-hand fulfillment” that doesn’t give me what I’m looking for as an experience. Travel is so subjective. You may have loved standing in line in Disney World for 3 hours to try the newest ride that everyone is raving about, but I find it an absurd waste of time.
I am under the impression that not a lot of people get off the beaten path. But those who do seek the adventure and spontaneity and keep it to themselves for the most part, are experiencing major joy and sometimes an entire life shift. The curious traveller can still read the advice but take that and as an outline and not a necessity to check every box. Leave yourself room for speaking to locals, getting their take on an area or restaurant that’s not in any book or blog.
I’ve done a lot of traveling this past year and I try to stay away from Tripadvisor or the like. If I happen to be on a tour for work, I don’t read the entire itinerary – I like to be prepared but surprised without too many high expectations. I find that when I don’t have expectations, I can be in the present moment and enjoy the takeaways more.
I would LOVE to hear from you. What are your biggest off the beaten path moments?