8 Signs That Prove You’re A Serial Traveler

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One of the key themes for those who travel regularly is the idea that you learn more about the best way to do things the more often you travel. While this is all well and good for those who did travel frequently, it isn’t much use to those who only go overseas every now and then. 

Someone who falls into the latter bracket recently took to a travel forum to ask serial travelers for some insight into what they wish they’d known before starting out. Here were the eight most helpful responses. 

1. Find the Sweet Spot in Planning

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One user suggested that there is a perfect spot between pre-planning your trip and allowing spontaneity to take over. They said: “Plan a lot in advance, then forget it when you land. Therefore, you remember what you want to see, eat and experience, but remain open to spontaneity.”

2. The Amount of Energy Changing Locations Takes

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One user provided some sound advice for any newbies who were planning a trip that involves several location changes. They said: “It takes an enormous amount of energy and brainpower just to change locations. A lot of young travelers want to visit 10 countries in 2 weeks but you soon realize how disorienting it is to uproot your life every couple of days.”

3. You Can’t Do Everything

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One serial traveler said that they wish they’d known before their first couple of trips that it is impossible to do or see everything you envisaged beforehand. They said: “Don't worry about not seeing everything, you literally cannot and don't expect yourself to, think of things as “to-do” next time you go.”

4. Memories > photographs

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One person said that they now realize that taking pictures of certain spots isn’t the be-all or end-all. They said: “Taking the time to enjoy the moment and absorbing things has been something I've recently acknowledged is very important. I recently went to Egypt and our guide rushed us a bit through the Giza pyramids, so my main memory is of taking as many photos as I could, rather than standing back and properly taking it all in.”

5. Touristy Stuff is Fun

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There are some travelers who bizarrely look down their noses at people who do “touristy” things…while being a tourist. One person, who refutes this notion, said: “Don't be afraid of doing touristy stuff. For example, if I'm going to a big city for the first time, I hit up a bus tour on day one as it gives me a good idea of the layout and some places to come back and visit.”

6. Take Time to Relax

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One user said that they had learned the value of simply relaxing while on vacation. They said: “If you’re trying to get from A to B to C to D to stuff as much in as you can, you completely miss the point of the trip. Soak in the vibe, culture, and aesthetic of the place.”

7. Make Use of the Hotel Bar

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One person said that they wish they’d known all about how useful hotel bars can be, particularly on the first few nights of a trip. They said: “Hotel bars are a great place to meet other travelers and get the low down on what to do and what to avoid.”

8. The Value of Night Trains

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One person said that they wished someone had told them all about night trains before they embarked on their first trip. Explain why, they said: “This month I’ve traveled on sleeper trains and I loved it. You get to travel a great distance while you sleep and the next day you wake up freshly at your new destination.”

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  1. Such a relatable and insightful article! These points capture the essence of being a seasoned traveller. From finding the balance between planning and spontaneity, to treasuring experiences over photographs, and embracing the joy of touristy activities – it’s all about creating meaningful memories. And oh, the value of relaxation, connecting with fellow explorers at hotel bars, and the magic of night trains truly make each journey unforgettable. Happy travels and here’s to many more adventures ahead!

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