When I first started traveling to new destinations, I frequently became overwhelmed. My senses were in hyper speed as I attempted to absorb my new environment. More familiar cultures were easier to embrace than foreign places. It was far easier to make connections with locations in the United States, Canada, or the United Kingdom than in areas where English wasn’t the predominant language.
Like many novice travelers, I struggled to find my comfort zone when it was challenging to communicate with the people around me. My lack of ease made it harder to remember many site details. But, at the same time, my new adventures became the source of engaging and fascinating stories that I could share with others, though at times the distinction between locations became a giant blur.
The ability to effectively communicate the critical aspects of a visited site became a work in progress. Whenever my journey included multiple stops, or was longer than a few days, I was forced to develop strategies which helped me keep everything straight. Yep, I’m sure you can relate. How many times have you had to stop and think about where you were just a day or two ago?
It’s no fun to get home from a trip and not be able to talk constructively about your wonderful trip because your brain is simply overloaded with too many random thoughts. Hmm, “Was it the first stop or the third stop when we visited that amazing Italian restaurant that remains nameless?”
As a professional travel writer, it would not be possible to write about my experiences if I didn’t make sure my travel plans were the right fit for me and develop ways to easily remember noteworthy parts of my trip.
Before you head out on your next adventure, I’d like to offer you seven strategies. By joining my email list today, you will have access to my tips on how to maximize your travel experience. Within no time, you’ll be on the way to becoming a more adept traveler who has learned the ins and outs of making the most of their travel experiences.
When Sandy isn’t trekking or writing in the Colorado Rockies, she is traveling. She has visited more than 40 countries and lived as an international teacher in Bangalore, India. As the the content coordinator for Golden Living, a Best Version Media publication, she writes family and business feature stories and contributes a monthly travel tip column.
Sandy shares her lifestyle and travel experiences with international and domestic online sites and print media. Her stories have appeared in Hemispheres, Destinations Magazine, KUHL’s Born in the Mountain blog, Grand Magazine, Wandering Educators, Golden Living, One Travel, Miles Away, Canadian Jewish News, Getting On Travel, Far and Wide, Colorado Parent, Traveler Confidential, Family Circle- Momster, and others.
Sandy’s award-winning book, May This Be the Best Year of Your Life, is a resource for people contemplating an expat lifestyle and living outside their comfort zone. This memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and a Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.
In 2017, Sandy created a second website, The Traveling