You are most likely here because you love travelling, you like to discover new places, meet people from other cultures and try new experiences. Often however, we tend to follow habits, we travel in the same way and even though the destination changes we do the same things, we book a similar accommodation, use the same kind of transport and do activities that we know we’ll enjoy. That’s great, after all we want to enjoy our time travelling as much as possible! Sometimes though we should also use our travels to look at our beautiful planet in a different way, change perspective, get a completely new insight! In this article I’m introducing you to 5 ways to look at the world from a different perspective, either literally or mentally, all tested by me personally.
Discover a Whole Different World Underwater – Go Scuba Diving
71% of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, so imagine what you are missing out on if you only stay on land! If you truly want to see the world on your travels, it’s time to learn scuba diving! Under the water there is a whole different world, corals, fish, mammals and ship wrecks that tell history. So why don’t you book a scuba diving discovery experience or even a certification course for you next trip and explore the world under the sea? The most convenient solution for travellers is probably a PADI Open Water course, during the course you learn all the important basic and do at least 5 dives in open water water, all in a few days. I did my Open Water course in 2 years ago in Marsa Alam in Egypt and I remember my first dive so well! Floating under water, looking at this whole new environment is just the best feeling for me. I share the love for diving with my husband who is super qualified and when we go on vacation close to the ocean now and don’t dive, we just feel like we haven’t really seen the place.
Get a Birds Eye View on the World – Go Sky Diving
Most people go sky diving for the adrenaline kick and I can confirm that it gives you rush like no other activity, but on top of that you also get to look at the place from above. To be fair, when you go sky diving the first time you’ll be very focussed on doing everything right, that your tandem partner has told you to stay safe and the adrenaline flowing through your veins will distract you a bit from the amazing view, but if you manage to relax a little, you’ll be rewarded with an absolute priceless view on the world! There is nothing to spoil the view, you feel the wind and the sun and it’s just you and nature (well and your tandem partner…bless them who are taking good care of you in this ecstatic state!J) Check if there is a sky dive centre in your next destination and start building up that courage, it’s worth it!
Learn Another Language and See the World in a Different Way
While we have so far talked about ways to literally see the world from a different perspective, let’s now talk about how learning a new language can change how you personally look at the world around you! First of all, learning another language allows you to get a deeper insight in the culture. You can read the news, listen to the local radio and have conversations with locals who only speak their native language. In addition, it is proven that speaking a second (or third or fourth for you language aficionados out there…) actually changes your mind and makes you see the world in a different way. Different vocabulary, sounds and intonation influence how we feel and behave. So if you want to really dive into another culture, get out of your comfort zone and sign up for a language course!
If you need more convincing: I met my now husband at a language school in South Africa. Magic things happen when you open your mind 😀
Go fast…or slow down
If you want to get another perspective of your surroundings during your next trip, you can also change the speed! How about speeding up and race on a quad around the desert? It’s an activity I love doing every time I have the chance, it’s a moment in which I can let go completely and just enjoy the experience in the present. The speed and the unique landscape passing by is an incredible feeling and there is no way I’m sharing the quad with anyone! 😀
Or you could do exactly the opposite and enjoy your next destination a little slower than you usually do. A famous destination to do that is the Camino de Santiago in Spain. During the pilgrimage of Compostela you usually walk from one stop to the next instead of taking public transport or self-driving as we often do when travelling. Walking allows you to take in every detail of your surroundings and gives you time to think and reflect, perfect if you are under a lot of stress in everyday life or if you need to take some time for yourself.
Some like it hot…some cold – Change the climate zone
When it comes to travel destinations we all have our preferences. I for example like warm weather, the ocean, the desert and when booking the next trip, I usually look for destinations that go with these preferences. Others like the mountains, the cold, the Nordic cultures and end up heading North most of the times. So why not changing the climate zone for your next trip and heading exactly in the opposite direction? You will find completely new landscapes, a different flora and fauna and get to know cultures different from what you are used to. My husband an I often use the period around Christmas and New Years to go and see places that we probably wouldn’t choose for our main vacation in summer, it’s usually just for a few days, but it’s always good to see something new. New experiences always change our perspective, we gain more insight and come back richer from our travels.
So what is your plan for your next trip? Are you ready to try something new and get a new perspective on the world and life in general during your next travel? Share it with us in the comments! 🙂
Sandra is the founder of 4 Itchy Feet. She has travelled to over 30 countries and is trying to add as many more as possible, even if everyday life and her job as a translator and web marketing specialist currently don’t allow her to pack her suitcase as often as she’d like. She loves the outdoors, the sea and discovering places off the beaten track.