10 Reasons To Think Like A Traveler @ Home | #3

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Reason #3 | Why not try it? If I hate it, I never have to do it again. 


A bowl of crispy grasshoppers at lunch.  Zip lining through the jungle. Italian gelato. Taking the subway. Whatever your level of daring, travel typically kicks that level up a few notches. When you’re out in a new part of the world on purpose, new experiences are more important than routine...so you take risks! What if you approached your average Tuesday that way? 

Sure, there are some generic life things we hate and would rather not do again (DMV, anyone?), but I’m talking about the things you haven’t tried. The things you might not normally try, especially while NOT on vacation. 


A few years ago, in an attempt to avoid becoming an angry adult, I challenged myself to explore my own city like the places I travel to, and #bealocaltourist was born. Travel helped me try new things - so I started doing trying new things at home. I’d take a form of transportation home from work I usually didn’t (this meant the metro and walking, since I usually drove my car to work in Los Angeles). If someone started talking to me on the metro, I’d chat with them back (I hate small talk on trains, but I'm more open to it when traveling). I bought a souvenir - in my own town - for friends and gifted it to them. It became very addictive. 

There’s a lot you don’t control when it comes to life, but there’s plenty you can control. Try new things, because YOLO. That includes saying YOLO, which was a first for me just now. I decided I hate it and I’ll never do it again.