Breaking away from your usual grind and traveling is an unparalleled way to enrich your life. Challenge yourself with new places and surroundings, and reward yourself with an awakened appreciation of your own life and your place in the world.
I’m always writing lists and notes for myself along the way as reminders to wake up and open up to all the full potential of my journey. These are the most important travel skills I always use to really make the most of my time out in the world.
1. Moderation Makes The Piece Of Mind Last Longer
Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with having some beers on that mind-blowing beach. What I mean is making the most of the limited resources you have. As a travel skill, that might mean making a bucket of water last for a whole bath or a few squares of toilet paper to go about your business whilst saving the planet. It’s about having peace of mind when it comes to the limitations of the travel life.
2. Organize, Don’t Agonize
Leaving the routine life behind is invigorating for sure, but having small routines while traveling can keep you from wasting your voyage on worry. Little things like always putting your money in the same pocket, or your passport and essentials in the same place, will keep your day streamlined and panic-free. Knowing how to budget your money can mean choosing to spend it on the most meaningful experiences, not just the flashiest.
Making the most of all your travel time is a skill, because even when you’re totally beat, burned and feeling bummed, being able to stop and breathe in the awesome and breathe out the stress is absolutely essential to maintaining your travel wherewithal.
3. Observing the Beautiful And The Mundane
When we’re out chasing sunsets and vistas or urban wabi-sabi, it’s easy to overlook experiences that glue together the overall sense of our travels. Staying observant is a travel skill in itself. Noticing trends, customs, foods and even just phrases that are popular in a region all build up a connection to a place and its people, and in turn provide insights for finding more unique and personal travel experiences.
4. Work Remotely To Stay Remote
Getting the most from travel means you have to actually BE traveling. Working while you travel might seem like an inconvenience to some, but it’s a great way to extend your travels, as many travel bloggers will tell you. What’s better than doing something you’re good at in that place of your dreams?
There are lots of places to get paid for your skills online, and new ones are always popping up. One example is Workfast, an on-demand temp agency where employers post jobs, hire, and pay through your online application. It’s the perfect setup for travelers and even people between jobs.
With this in mind, it’s worth taking a look at what you’re good at and developing those skills. Do you like design, writing or coding? Do you build websites? You can learn a totally new skill and make a pretty good living from it.
5. Curiosity Killed the Cat But It Keeps the Dream Alive
Whether you dig into one place for a while or keep trotting the globe, it’s easy to get Wonder Fatigue. Experiencing so many incredible things one after the other can make you a bit numb. It can also make you yearn for some of the comforts of home.
In those moments, it’s easy to look backward instead of forward, but maintaining your curiosity for the new and different is maybe the most important travel skill to have. Think about the world around you, and the place you’re in. From the big picture down to the smallest levels, remember why you left home in the first place.
Even if it feels like some cultural thing is wrong or frustrating you, remember that it’s only because we get wrapped up in what we expect to happen, but we’re traveling to see what else can happen.
By practicing these skills, I can keep myself inspired and digging deeper into the traveling lifestyle. With a little discipline, it’s easy to develop solid travel skills that will ensure you’ll continue to have poignant and meaningful experiences for the rest of your life.