Latest guest poster Alex Johnson is a keen adventurer and has explored much of South-East Asia including Thailand and Cambodia. He now works for Currency UK – a foreign exchange company based in London. In this article, Alex shares with us his advice for making the most of experiences abroad…
Getting the Most Out of Your Experiences Abroad
For those who have never experienced the enthralling grips of wanderlust, it can be hard to imagine what drives travellers and explorers to live a life of constant transit and uncertainty – the catalyst for travelling could be boredom, or frustration, but it’s the thrill of experience and the relish of the unknown that pushes you to take that first step.
There’s more to travelling, however, than simply seeing the sights – you’re a pioneer, not a tourist! The real fun comes with doing things you never thought in a million years you’d ever do. So, here’s a few ways to get the most out of your travel!
Go off the beaten track
We don’t mean to be cliché (or maybe we do), but we mean this literally – venturing out of your comfort zone and into the wilderness is a great way to break out of those mental constraints that keep most of us firmly rooted at home. Why not…
- Hike the Amazon rainforest – forgotten tribespeople, exotic flora and fauna, and some
of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet make the Amazon a perfect place to explore for the avid adventurer. See jaguars, hear the howler monkeys and camp out under the dense canopy of the rainforest. Cory Lee – prominent travel blogger and wheelchair user accounts his hike in the Amazon.
- Explore the jungles of Cambodia – If you’re looking to experience something different than the backpacker-centric shores o
f Thailand, Cambodia offers somewhere a bit more wild and unexplored. Besides visiting the obvious (Angor Wat temple is a must-see), this mysterious South-east Asian nation has much to offer including palaces, markets and a topographical trio of mountains, deltas, and seas to explore.
- Go Scuba Diving in Fiji – Go scuba diving… anywhere! Fiji, Australia, Micronesia – all have different types of fish, coral and other marine life. In fact, the Blue Hole in Belize is supposed to be one of the top 10 diving spots in the world, where you can swim in crystal clear waters with several kinds of reef shark!
Eat all the local food
How better to sample the culture in an authentic way than by getting stuck in to some traditional dishes? Whether you’re eating jerk chicken in the Caribbean or sampling a delectable bowl of chili crab in Singapore – there is so much amazing food in this world, one can’t help but eat their way from country to country.
Some of the tastiest and most overlooked foods are those served at street stalls, and some of the best in the world can be found in Taiwan. Check out this video of Ainsley Harriot sampling some of the street food in Taiwan – grilled dumplings and chili pork stir-fry – delicious!
Make unlikely companions
A side effect of being bitten by the travel bug is that you get to meet all different kinds of people, from all walks of life and those we meet along the way leave a lasting impression on us.
Meeting people with the same drive for adventure as you forms lasting bonds, though often these encounters are fleeting and you eventually part ways to continue your journeys solo – until you meet them again by chance halfway across the world a year later!
I often maintain that one of the unintended bonuses of seeing so much of the world is by the end of it, you have more of an idea of which country you’d want to settle down in eventually, if ever you decide to retire the backpack and retreat to an expat life in the sun.
Or, you could just keep exploring!