Whether you’ve been away from a long weekend city break or an epic round-the-world adventure, you’ll probably come home feeling a little tired and ready for a night in your own bed, but pleased that you satisfied your wanderlust.
Sometimes though, we can come home feeling pangs of regret. There are things we missed out on, things we didn’t see, and things that we wish we could change.
Here are some common regrets that many travellers experience…
Filling your days with the ‘must sees’ that you don’t care about
When you rock up in a new location, especially if it’s a typical tourist area, then you’ll be bombarded with messages from all angles about the things that you really need to see when you’re there. If you want to? Go for it. But missing the famous sites doesn’t make you any less of a traveller.
Take the time to think about the things that will bring you the greatest joy. That might be hitting a world-famous museum, or it could be spending a day doing absolutely nothing on the beach. There are no rights and wrongs when it comes to your travel choices.
Staying inside your comfort zone
When you’re on the road, you’ll be faced with plenty of new experiences. You can embrace them with open arms, or you can sit on the sidelines and only enjoy a small fraction of what you could. It pays to be open to new things.
Of course though, there’s a balance to strike here. Always respect your own personal boundaries, take care of yourself, and stay safe. You can absolutely do that whilst still having a fantastic time. That brings us nicely to our next point…
Forgetting about your personal safety
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and forget about keeping yourself safe. No one wants to think about the worst case scenario, and you should be able to relax and enjoy your time on the road without too much worry. Still though, think about mechanisms you can put in place to avoid any problems from occurring.
A big one here, especially in bustling cities, is keeping an eye on your belongings. Pickpockets are often working the crowds, and you won’t realise until they’re long gone. Keep cash in a locked compartment on your body, and where possible, don’t carry too much with you.
Not taking the time to smell the roses
There’s so much to do when you’re travelling that it can feel like a whirlwind. Get out from behind the camera lens and see things with your own two eyes. Out your phone down. Take a little break from social media.
You can show off your snaps when you get home. Slow down, take a deep breath, and appreciate the wonderful opportunity that you’ve created for yourself. You deserve it!
Never booking that trip in the first place
This could be the biggest one of all. If you have a burning desire to travel, you absolutely can make it happen. If finances are tight, you can save money for your trip. There’s usually a way if put your mind to it.
If you’re thinking about a big trip, consider the things that you could do today to make it a reality, even if it’s a tiny step. You could plan your route, start putting some cash aside, or pinpoint the destinations that are on your bucket list.
Do you have any travelling regrets? How would you do things differently next time around?