9 Ways of Becoming a Traveller From Being a Tourist

Devika Agarwal | April 14, 2016 13:35 IST

Exploring the world can help us in exploring the heart. All of us have that one destination that we wish we could just teleport to, with a blink of an eye. However, a traveller undertakes this process of exploring a city and the soul in a slightly different style than an otherwise casual tourist would.

Here we have 9 ways that will make you a traveller from being a tourist!
1. Travel by yourself
Travelling is all about spending a lot of me-time with yourself. Sometimes, we just want to stay in our own company and really feel the true essence of any place we are at. Travelling alone is not just blissful, but it also helps us in truly appreciating a travel destination for its real beauty. A traveller will always prefer to travel alone than with a bunch of friends or family members.

2. Spend more time outdoors than indoors
Staying indoors is a traveller's least favorite thing to do. They like to go around, explore their surroundings or talk to others around them. They do not stick to one place for a long time because they are usually enthusiastic about exploring the area completely before they move on with their tour - be it the local food, or simply a walk under the starry sky!

3. Stay with locals
A traveller will always prefer to take shelter amidst the residents of a place they are travelling to, instead of booking a luxurious 5-star hotel. Staying with locals will not only help you in understanding the culture of that place but will also make one feel much more warm and welcomed.

4. Explore unordinary locations

Ordinary travellers are usually the ones with extraordinary ideas. They like to go on adventures that have not been talked about before and fall out of the conventional 'tourist-spot' category. They like to form their own to-do list or just come across a place in their wandering without really having to plan the destinations in advance.

5. Travel light
One of the most important things to know while travelling is to travel light. Since a traveller knows that there is no set routine or company, they like to pack a minimal list of things that they will need at all times. This list will mostly include a couple of comfortable clothes, a notebook to write in, a map, a pair of binoculars, a camera and enough money to pay for basic necessities.

6. Collect tokens from the places you find attractive than buying souvenirs
We love this one! A cup from a corner tea stall or a local  scarf from the lady on the street, souvenirs don't always have to be bought. Travellers have an eye for such things that they can collect from different places as a token for the memories they have attached to that place. These hold a special place in their hearts and will make the perfect gifts after they return to their loved ones.

7. Walk more than take vehicles
Walking is not only a healthy exercise, but is always a great way to explore a city better. While taking a vehicle, you not only miss the little things on your way but also resist the enjoyment the journey has to offer to you. Walking will make you notice the little things on the way, halt at unusual locations, meet more people, and, all in all, make your day feel far more productive!

8. Avoid contact with friends/family
This is surely difficult to practice but the satisfaction it will provide you with will be unmatchable. Enjoying your own company is one of the most important assets to have for a traveller. This does not mean that you are not allowed to miss your best friend or want to share details of your trip with your family. It just means that a traveller will create something out of this feeling for herself rather than get upset about not being able to contact dear ones.

9. Do not try to create an itinerary
This is one absolute rule of travelling! Everything is a surprise and nothing is absolute. Travellers are excited to explore the anonymity of a destination than pre-determine all the details on a sheet of paper. Imagine going to a place and not knowing where to stay or what to eat. Well, that's the fun! Do you think you can embrace such a journey?

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