Our secrets to successful exploration- in a nutshell.
1. Make a list, but be flexible.
We made a general list of things we wanted to do while in Jeju Island, South Korea. With a last minute trip to Jeju we didn’t really have time to make a solid “plan” or create an agenda…but because of this spontaneous trip… I am a TRUE believer in not making concrete plans. Ok, so I get it. You are a planner. Sometimes you just need to plan, but there are certainly plenty of opportunities for trips without solid plans or in the very least ways to make your travel plans less “rigid.” The unexpected trips, the unplanned-spontaneous-flybytheseatofyourpants trips are (I believe) the ones that turn out to be the best adventures and let me tell you why:
– You don’t get disappointed- If you don’t have a set plan and agenda how can you miss a train, plane, or a bus? That’s right. You can’t.
– Freedom- Freedom to do as you please and when you please. Your schedule is wide open. If you feel like a relaxing day at the beach then grab your shades n’ sunscreen. If you feel like climbing a mountain…ONWARD! Freedom in your schedule, freedom in your days.
– Flexibility- Rain or Shine baby- Seize that day! ? What’s that? It’s storming? Perfect. It doesn’t matter because you don’t have plans anyway. You are more willing to seize the day regardless of the weather, because disappointment doesn’t exist when you don’t have a set schedule or a place to be.
2. Take the road less traveled.
First off… I really dislike big chain resorts. Matter of fact…I really dislike big chain anything. I am a firm believer in supporting locally owned “ma and pa” stores if you will. By taking the less traveled path you have the opportunity to stumble upon the most amazing gems. We have discovered some of the most amazing beaches, guesthouses, and breathtaking sights from wandering off the “path.” I always make it a point to be a traveler…not a tourist. Big difference. Experiencing the culture, meeting new people, and discovery are all things that keep me choosing the road less traveled, and choosing it every single time.
3. Do something outside of your comfort zone.
Trying new food, hiking a mountain, or a trail for miles and miles knowing full well your know your legs will hurt for days after, wakin up at 4am for a sunrise hike-all things I did with my partner in crime this past weekend where I was outside of the comfort. Without getting outside of my comfort zone I would have never had the incredible weekend that I did. Cliché as it sounds…seriously believe that comfort is not always the place to be. Just when it seems like the road is all uphill…push through. I promise it’s worth it. I’ve got memories to prove it.
–I challenge you to get outside of what makes you comfortable. Take the risk.