How To Enjoy Travel + Be A Happy, Laid Back Traveler
How do you make space to actually enjoy yourself when everything seems difficult and different and never-endingly intimidating?
How do you become that happy, laidback traveler that you wish you were?You make an active choice not to be embarrassed.
If you’re visibly, obviously not from the place that you’re visiting (and regardless of how well you dress, you’re still probably obviously a tourist) no one expects you to know everything.
If someone’s never swam before, you wouldn’t throw them into a pool and expect an Olympic-caliber butterfly stroke from them. You don’t expect native-level English from your Tibetan guide or Michelin-star food from a roadside stand in China.
99% of the people you interact with while traveling
b) appreciate your attempts at their language
It’s also worth remember that (in the best possible way) nobody is paying as much attention to you as you think. Those taxi drivers? All day long they ferry people around who can’t speak their language. Those 22-year-old topless hotties on the beach?
They’re totally not looking at you in your swimsuit. And I’m sure you’re not the first person who held out her hand and asked the bartender to take the correct change because you can’t understand him.
So take a deep breath, lean into the awkward, and realize that in the best possible way – nobody cares.
How do you get over culture shock and those weird first few days of international travel?