top 9 travel tips from paulo coelho
1. avoid museums. this might seem to be absurd advice, but let’s just think about it a little: if you are in a foreign city, isn’t it far more interesting to go in search of the present than of the past? it’s just that people feel obliged to go to museums because they learned as children that travelling was about seeking out that kind of culture. obviously museums are important, but they require time and objectivity – you need to know what you want to see there, otherwise you will leave with a sense of having seen a few really fundamental things, except that you can’t remember what they were.
2. hang out in bars. bars are the places where life in the city reveals itself, not in museums. by bars i don’t mean nightclubs, but the places where ordinary people go, have a drink, ponder the weather, and are always ready for a chat. buy a newspaper and enjoy the ebb and flow of people. if someone strikes up a conversation, however silly, join in: you cannot judge the beauty of a particular path just by looking at the gate.
3. be open. the best tour guide is someone who lives in the place, knows everything about it, is proud of his or her city, but does not work for any agency. go out into the street, choose the person you want to talk to, and ask them something (where is the cathedral? where is the post office?). if nothing comes of it, try someone else – i guarantee that at the end of the day you will have found yourself an excellent companion.
4. try to travel alone or – if you are married – with your spouse. it will be harder work, no one will be there taking care of you, but only in this way can you truly leave your own country behind. traveling with a group is a way of being in a foreign country while speaking your mother tongue, doing whatever the leader of the flock tells you to do, and taking more interest in group gossip than in the place you are visiting.
5. don’t compare. don’t compare anything – prices, standards of hygiene, quality of life, means of transport, nothing! you are not traveling in order to prove that you have a better life than other people – your aim is to find out how other people live, what they can teach you, how they deal with reality and with the extraordinary.
6. understand that everyone understands you. even if you don’t speak the language, don’t be afraid: i’ve been in lots of places where i could not communicate with words at all, and i always found support, guidance, useful advice, and even girlfriends. some people think that if they travel alone, they will set off down the street and be lost for ever. just make sure you have the hotel card in your pocket and – if the worst comes to the worst – flag down a taxi and show the card to the driver.
7. don’t buy too much. spend your money on things you won’t need to carry: tickets to a good play, restaurants, trips. nowadays, with the global economy and the internet, you can buy anything you want without having to pay excess baggage.
8. don’t try to see the world in a month. it is far better to stay in a city for four or five days than to visit five cities in a week. a city is like a capricious woman: she takes time to be seduced and to reveal herself completely.
9. a journey is an adventure. henry miller used to say that it is far more important to discover a church that no one else has ever heard of than to go to rome and feel obliged to visit the sistine chapel with two hundred thousand other tourists bellowing in your ear. by all means go to the sistine chapel, but wander the streets too, explore alleyways, experience the freedom of looking for something – quite what you don’t know – but which, if you find it, will – you can be sure – change your life.
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recentely we have presented you a few projects made to facilitate and change your way of travelling, today we will extend that subject and will present you the services that will change the way you travel between places!
as we imagine, travelling is one of most oldest form of entertainment but it is also one of the biggest factor of the world development and progress! if the ancient people would move around and explore, the world wouldn’t have it is actual face and variety of cultures!
travelling is definitely something that should be incorporate in a every human life, no matter age, gender or revenue. Travelling shouldn’t be a privilege of rich people!
there are millions way the one can travel, the most evident and popular in modern society is “organised trips”, second most popular would be the one when a traveller buy a ticket and book accommodation himself in hosteling industry
in this post we will present you alternative way of travelling and thus alternatives ways of life. those alternatives will allow travellers to stay with people living in the places they are visiting and by this medium to have much deeper contact with the environment they are trying to discover during the trip.
here are few services that will help you to travel deeper, cheaper and funnier!
- couchsurfing – A very active network (registered as a B corporation) with over 3 million members in more than 200 countries
- tripping – one of the newer and more advanced networks. tripping boasts members in more than 175 countries
- servas international – human rights and global peace oriented since 1949. A relatively small network now with over 16,000 members with a very long history.
- friendship force international a network of chapters worldwide which concentrates on building understanding across cultures.
- pasporta servo – for esperanto speakers
- wwoof – “worldwide opportunities on organic farms”, help on the property is exchanged for food, accommodation, education and cultural interaction
- bewelcome – a network based on open-source principles with around 18,000 members
- hospitality club – a once active but dying network with over 670,000 members in more than 200 countries
- global freeloaders
- airbnb.com is a paid alternative of Couchsurfing
we will give more details about those places later on; but you are welcome already to have a look and review those services yourself!
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we believe that home is not a place where you were born or grew up, a home is a place where you want to be and a place feel good!
thus if you have doubts that a place you think is your home, feel like it is your home, don’t be afraid to open your mind and explore some other places.
1) exploring the world on the road is a wonderful experiences
2) challenging your life and lifestyle is a very important part of a development of a person
don’t be afraid to explore and you’ll find what you need
some people say, “home is a place where your toothbrush is” so don’t be afraid to explore and you’ll find what you need