3 Things You Need to Do Every Time You Travel

And no, they don’t require loads of money

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The cool ocean breeze flowed in through the window and chilled the entire room. From the balcony, I could practically reach out and touch the ocean. Still, I didn’t feel fulfilled.

I truly was grateful that I had the opportunity to go on vacation with my family and visit Daytona Beach for the first time.

Yet, all we were doing was sitting and relaxing in the hotel room or by the beach. And I get it, this probably sounds amazing. But the only thing I could think about was how badly I wanted to experience the city.

Sure, I had seen the hotel, the pool, and even the ocean. But those three views were all I had seen the whole time. And in my opinion, exploring the heart of the city and everything it has to offer is the most important part of traveling.

When you travel to a new place, you should experience the culture, the cuisine, and the views.

By the end of your visit, you should feel less like a tourist and more like a resident.

During my past few years of travel, I’ve finally started to perfect this practice myself. Gone are the days of sitting in my hotel room waiting for excitement to find me. Now, I seek it out myself.

So, here are three things you must do when you visit a new place that don’t involve sipping cocktails by the pool or blowing $1000 in a single week.

1. Go For a Run

Your own two feet can take you much further than you think. When I get to a new city, I love to go for a run to get a lay of the land.

It’s free, easy, and the perfect way to get your exercise in first thing in the morning. Then, you have the rest of the day free to do some more exploring and immerse yourself in the city you are visiting.

On my last trip that I took to California, I started every single morning off with a beautiful run.

It truly did make a difference in my overall experience while I was there.

So, the next time you find yourself in a new city, try getting out for a morning walk or run. It might inspire you to seize the day (and give your mood a boost).

2. Try the Local Cuisine

When you visit a new place, the worst thing you can do is sit in your room eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Unfortunately, I am speaking from experience here. When I travel alone, I often find myself relying on packed meals I can eat in my hotel room so that I don’t have to eat out by myself.

But, you should never be afraid to take yourself out for a fresh meal. Doing so can help you immerse yourself in the culture of the city you’re visiting.

“You have to taste a culture to understand it.”

— Deborah Cater

Whether you have someone to eat with or not, you should feel comfortable going out, knowing that you’re getting the most out of your visit.

3. Visit the Following Sites

Visit some of the local landmarks and attractions of the city you’re visiting. Do your research before you head to a new city so you can make a list of where you want to go. This should include all the top places you don’t want to miss out on.

When I went to Washington D.C., I packed in as many monuments and museums as I could. Not only did I have a ton of fun, but I learned a lot and was grateful that I made the effort to see as many things as I could while I was there.

Every single city has something to offer you. If you take a minute to search around before you go, you’ll be well prepared and ready to find the most breathtaking views and attractions.

Final Thoughts

Going on vacation or traveling to a new place is a privilege. Don’t waste it by sitting in your hotel room the entire time.

Even though my short stay at Daytona Beach provided me with many things — memories, time spent with family, and a truly enjoyable trip, I didn’t feel like I took full advantage of it because I stayed within the comforts of my hotel room.

Don’t make the same mistake I did. On your next trip, venture out, immerse yourself in the atmosphere, and enjoy the change of pace. After all, you can learn a lot by stepping outside your comfort zone.

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Ohio U XC/Track alum. I love to run. I blog about food, health, lifestyle, etc. Tasty vegan recipes: nomeatfastfeet.com | YouTube: Alyssa Atkinson — Subscribe!

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