Another day, another collaborative wanderlust post for y’all! I was just telling a friend the other day that every now and then I get tired of going to beaches and will seek out landlocked destinations, and I want to share some of the things that are typically on my itinerary on those types of trips!
When planning your next travel destination, it’s always tempting to find the first flight to some tropical beach where you can sip Pina Coladas and lounge on a hammock while you listen to the gentle waves lap against the shore. For a lot of people, this is their idea of paradise. But traveling isn’t all about lazing the days away until you’re dragged kicking and screaming back to reality.
The fact is, there is so much more of the world to explore, and not everybody is a beach-going kind of person. They want to do other stuff. They want to get to know the history, they want to partake in what the country is famous for, or they want to take themselves away from busy and bustling cities for some peace and quiet.
A Tour of the City – Getting your bearings in any new city can be stressful and overwhelming, which is why you cannot ignore the benefits of what a free walking tour can do for you. When first arriving anywhere, book yourself onto a free walking tour of the city. Often, you can get on one of two tours per day which are done by locals entirely for free. Here, you get to see the city while learning of its history, and even learn some of the secrets that other travelers aren’t so privy to.
Something You’d Never Do Elsewhere – A lot of the point of traveling is to try out something new that you could never do at home. This is why people go on chocolate making tours in South America or indulging in debauchery during Mardi Gras. Experience tourism is big business, and there’s so much unique to certain places around the world that there’s always something, somewhere to do. If you live in landlocked states like Iowa, the chances of you catching whales leaping out of the ocean are non-existent. But you can travel to Scotland and take a boat off the coast to see them in action. Likewise, those with a penchant for gambling can visit resources like FreeBets to find the best cities in the world to try your luck, but only if you’re responsible.
Out Into the Wilderness – Sure, most of us have some nature close to us that we can take a quick hike through a park or forest, but with 31% of the earth’s surface taken up by forests and woodland, you’re not even scraping the surface. Getting out into the wilderness instead of sitting on the beach allows you to get in some exercise and revel in the fresh air. You can camp overnight, see unique, exotic wildlife, and get away from the loud noise of the city, while also not being bothered by a notification every other minute.
Seeing the Other Side – The world is too large and full of excitement to spend all of your free time on the beach. Instead, you can make the most of your travels and try doing things you’ve always wanted to do, or never even knew were possible. You can always go to the beach next time, often many of these are once in a lifetime experiences.
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