- Learning languages. Speaking the language of a country you are visiting is like having the golden key. It gives you that confidence to speak to locals, find out about places that would otherwise be unknown to a tourist.
- Photography. I love taking photographs. They are my most prized souvenir. They allow me to relive my experience a million times over back home.
- Food. Being a vegetarian this can sometimes be difficult, but having a sweet tooth, discovering new deserts is one of my favourite activities. I make it a point to stop at the local grocery store. Food is also deeply connected to the history; why certain ingredients are used more commonly, why a particular type of wine thrives in the region, etc.
- People. It’s exciting for me when I meet someone who feels the same way I do about traveling. Meeting locals at the bar, asking for directions on the subway, these interactions can heighten your cultural experience.
- History. Helps you understand why art is the way it is, why traditions are the way they are, and why locals do the things they do.
Traveling was never really on my radar growing up. And it still doesn’t consume my entire being, but there’s just something about traveling that makes me want more. It’s a culmination of what you experienced, felt and learned.
It’s such an all-encompassing activity. And once you start, there’s no turning back.