I started traveling a lot more because of my job but regardless of work or leisure travels, I stick by these three golden rules:
TRY NEW THINGS
I consider myself a curious traveler and one of the great joys of traveling is trying something new whether it’s food, activity or language. It’s also an incredible personal journey of self-discovery to learn your likes and dislikes. Recently discovery: I’ve climbed the Batu Caves in Malaysia, Great Wall of China, Sacré-Coeur in Paris in the past and after having climbed the Doumo Tower in Florence, I realized that I have a fear of climbing steep stairs because I tumbled and tripped a lot when I was a kid.
OPEN YOUR EYES
Open your eyes to all kinds of inspiration around you. I think I look like someone high on ecstasy since I find everything absolutely exciting and fascinating. I’m definitely most creative after coming back from my travels. I try to recreate food I tasted, experiment interior design ideas from the color pallete I’ve seen in my surroundings, make not of fashion inspirations while people watching in a café and even adapted certain lifestyle in my everyday life (like having an “aperitif”)
When we were in an airport water taxi in Venice, I sat in front of this woman who complained the entire ride about how long it was taking and didn’t appreciate the beauty of the city. This is the greatest travel tip I’ve learned since I’m also an anal control freak. But I’ve learned that some things won’t go your way or as you planned and when that happen, LET GO. There’s absolutely no reason for you to get worked up around unexpected hiccups so brush it off and enjoy your time. You’ll also be less painful to your travel companion.