Everyone has a different time to go on vacation. Maybe to a new place or back to your favorite vacation spot. But have you ever tried to go about the holidays in a different way than usual? You can also go on vacation in the city where you live. Maybe you can use some of these tips to increase your appreciation and relationship with the place. The point is to shake the prejudice or prevent you from making it. Let your senses and intuition open up to new experiences.
- Do something you didn’t prepare for.
Maybe many people will find this one tip strange and maybe even crazy. However, if you venture to try it, there will be advantages that you would not have expected. Most people will do homework first before leaving for vacation. We will look at brochures, guidebooks, websites containing pictures of the place we are going to. Some even find out the history of the place, its culture to the little things related to the place. Of course all this makes sense, you’ve already paid a heavy price for your vacation. But you’ll unlock a very different experience, if you deliberately try not to find out at all about the place. Go somewhere without finding out in depth and let it show on your face! Of course, it is also not safe to use this approach to all vacation destinations. A little assessment is still important, it’s just to minimize your preparation. Let these new situations, activities and places surprise you, just like your addiction to different cultures. This can give yourself new views and feelings. After all, you can always read about your vacation spot at any time, right?
- Try to walk wherever you are.
During the course of the holidays it may not be possible for you to enjoy it on foot, but try to as much as you can explore new places on foot. The human perception system is designed to understand the world at no more speed than walking speed. Something faster will make humans lose precious moments or little things. The second option is to ride a bicycle. Avoid renting a car unless it is absolutely necessary.
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
If you want to really see, don’t forget to pay attention. Many psychological studies have shown that when we walk, we are used to looking in certain directions and at objects that you already recognize. For example: we will tend to look towards the feet of the pedestrians walking towards us to prevent collisions. As is the custom of humans in big cities, often we only look straight ahead when we walk, to prevent the dangers and risks that may arise. When on vacation, try to pay attention to your surroundings slowly. Look forward, backward, look your left-right and your back direction. Just pay attention to the visibility you can see and what things are around you. The key is to change your habit patterns and stop the automatic way of thinking in our brains. It can also improve your intuition!
- Consciously try to go the wrong route.
Your main goal when you’re on vacation is to have fun, but often you don’t leave behind the same needs and habits you do every time you take a vacation. For example, you like to vacation to the beach, every year you visit a different beach. However, you always perform the same ritual. Every morning you will look for a recommended coffee place in the area you are staying in or a restaurant with the type of cuisine you already know you like. This will build an efficient and rigid mental map of our surroundings. Self-flexibility will not increase because the auto-pilot way of thinking is still used by you as when you work. This is often experienced by many people, after a vacation but do not feel freshness when returning to work. So, try turning off your auto-pilot while on vacation, just forget to make the wrong turn when visiting a new place. Experience a new experience, if not, it doesn’t matter, but you’re already trying to get out of your safe zone.
- Try not to always rely on maps.
At least one day of your vacation try to wander a little. Stop using all navigation aids. There is no need to make plans on that day. Just wear your shoes that are most comfortable for walking. When your mind is free from a place and purpose, you will be in a better way of thinking for the new experience. Just keep in mind your best experience on vacation. Is it when you just feel the cool water on the beach where you are vacationing? Or when you come across something unexpected that feels like you want to be in that place all day? An often unforgettable memory is what your heart feels from your holiday photos. So, why not try to use as few or maybe no maps as you need to use. Give yourself a psychogeographic experience to get unexpected moments. After all, if you are getting farther and farther away, you can return to the hotel by taxi or call people from your hotel to pick up.
- Stop moving.
Let’s say you know about an attraction that’s just a few blocks from the hotel where you’re staying. You set up a map and already have an idea to get to the place. Then you start walking in the direction of the attraction. Try to stop randomly before arriving at the destination. Just to sit back and keep quiet watching everything. Don’t move until you feel like you’ve noticed everything. Just slow down, give yourself time to absorb your surroundings. This can open up your senses and intuition. There are always epiphanies everywhere, which often appear unexpectedly.
- Talk to strangers.
One interesting thing when on vacation is meeting new people. Many people when wanting to try to approach a stranger in a new place experience a lot of doubts. One of the best ways is to just ask a whim. For example, when you visit a tourist attraction, you can try to ask the locals or other people who are visiting as well about the situation at that time. There is no need to hesitate when the answer you get is a cold answer, the most important thing is that you have learned new things and connected to your surroundings.
- Start making travel photos instead of your photos during the trip.
It feels like almost everyone will take pictures during the holidays. We want to share our holiday experiences with friends in person or through social media when we are still living the holiday. This can decrease sensitivity to ourselves and our surroundings, because the object of the photo is only always about us. Give a day of your vacation with your camera with certain themes. For example, street art, shadows, red objects that you see and so on. These photo objects will give you a new way to see and feel your surroundings.
- Pay attention, feel all your senses.
Humans are visual creatures, 90% of the information that the human brain receives is in the form of visual forms. People relies heavily on visual sensations to find a way, explore something and gain an understanding of the world. But it is undeniable that the world is filled with various interesting things in the form of sound, smell, tactile (touch, touch). When you’re on vacation, try exploring somewhere but reduce the use of your eyes and try to focus on other sense sensations. Are you able to recognize it without looking? You know where the smell comes from? Touch something if you can do it safely, of course, for example, touch the texture of the food you want to try or the building you are visiting. These experiences can unlock and enhance your senses that will give you a new understanding of your thinking and feeling.