Summertime is the best time of the year. The sun kisses your shoulders the second you leave the house, ocean waters never looked more blue and more deliciously inviting, there’s no shortage of backyard barbecues and outdoor birthday parties, and it feels like time slows down to a crawl. The only thing better than a free summer is a summer spent traveling, especially with friends or family. The last days of summer are around the corner, but there is still enough time to get some last-minute summer travel plans lined up before fall comes calling!
You want to be busy and pack in lots of exciting things when you travel, but you don’t want to overwhelm yourself by overplanning or leaving all this planning to the last minute. There are so many fun things to do when you travel that we’ve narrowed the list down to a few essential summer travel moments that you simply must experience before you pack your bags and head back home. Let’s take a look!
Put On Your Walking Shoes
We know that when you travel, particularly in Europe, there are lots of touristy transport options that you can choose from. There are plenty of bus tours that will show you the main sights of wherever you are in an orderly and concise fashion…but is that really an authentic experience? We advise that, wherever you travel, you take a good pair of walking shoes with you. Start early in the morning, put on those bad boys, grab a bottle of water, find a map of your immediate area and set out on a walking tour. See the city or country the way the locals do; on foot! You can linger on cobblestone corners or in frescoed alleyways as long as you want and stop to sample all the local treats as often as you like without inconveniencing any fellow tourists. Don’t forget that bottle of water, don’t forget your sunscreen, and remember to be vigilant wherever you go.
Take In A Museum
Almost all places, with the exception of very minimally populated areas and extremely remote locations, will probably have some kind of museum. Sure it might only be an old post office or a museum about the most common local pastime. Still, even these tiny little establishments give you a real feel for the place you’re visiting and a better understanding of the history of the location and its residents. Bigger cities will have much more to offer in the way of large museums and possibly even a few different ones to choose from. Even though it’s warm outside, there are some indoor activities that you just shouldn’t miss out on.
Take All The Photos
Silence all the haters and all the voices in your head that tell you you look silly or you’re being a pain, and take as many photos of as many things and of yourself as you want! Photographs today become memories tomorrow and into the future, and no one is ever sad to have too many memories or reminders of their travels. While we advise that you take all the cute summer photos you want, remember that sometimes you need to put the camera down, immerse yourself in the moment and just be present. It’s also a good idea to be mindful of those around you and be sure that taking your photos is not getting into their space or impeding them in any way.
Sample the Local Cuisine
Even if many of the local foods are outside of your comfort zone, sample the local cuisine! We do advise that you make sure of any food allergies that you may have before you leave on your travels, just to be safe, but sampling some of the local foods is a great way to learn more about the places you go and immerse yourself in the culture. Taking yourself out to local restaurants and sitting down for a meal either on your own (making friends with locals is another excellent travel activity!) or with friends is a lovely experience on its own. You can check out markets for exciting street food options and for ingredients to prepare your own dishes at your accommodation if you have self-catering facilities.
Get Into Nature
Though this might not apply to all travel destinations across the world, it does apply to most! Even if the only nature you can get into is a park, do it. Take your shoes off and connect to the earth with your bare feet on the grass, rock, or sand. Traveling can be a lot and take a lot out of you; take a few relaxing minutes in nature to connect to yourself and the world around you, and you’ll feel a million times better.
These travel tips will definitely get you the most bang for your buck!