The word rules sound onerous. However, I want Robert’s Fun Travel Rules, my travel blog, to inspire fun. I have my travel rules. More importantly, I encourage everyone to define their version of fun travel rules. And, be sure and check out my Trover and Twitter posts.
Robert’s Fun Travel Rules #1 – Link Travel to your Passions
Everyone has, or should have, passions or hobbies. Do you like art? Then, build your vacation around art museums. My favorite art museum is the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Are you a sports fan? Then, visit your favorite stadiums and ballparks? Are you passionate about learning. Consider visiting unique schools. Furthermore, volunteer in a a different and memorable setting. Endless possibilities await.
My biggest passion is scenic outdoor beauty. The featured image on this page is Prevost Harbor on Washington’s Stuart Island. I love travelling around the Pacific Northwest. So, of course, I live in Coupeville, Washington.
Robert’s Fun Travel Rules #2 – Travel Outside your Country
Explore the globe. Leave the comfort zone of your own country’s borders. Americans are especially prone to staying close to home. (Five Reasons Why Americans Don’t Often Leave America) Exploring the world brings so many new perspectives. It expands your creativity. (For a More Creative Brain, Travel
Rule #3 – Make People Part of your Travel
Interact with others. If you isolate yourself on tours with people only from your hometown, you will not grow. Furthermore, you deprive others a chance to learn about you, your background, and your culture.
Robert’s Fun Travel Rules #4 – Journal your Travel through Photos and Writing
Record your experiences, thoughts, and impressions. Reflecting on your travel increases its meaning to you. And even more, you travel with heightened awareness of the moment.
Rule #5 – Be Courageous
Don’t always choose the easy path. Try something new. Yes, you may feel anxiety. However, you receive rewards and memories that last a lifetime.
Andrew Bird, a songwriter, wrote:
“You travel with the hope that something unexpected will happen. It has to do with enjoying being lost and figuring it out and the satisfaction. I always get a little disappointed when I know too well where I’m going, or when I’ve lived in a place so long that there’s no chance I could possibly get lost.”
Build confidence, even courage. Courage to travel in new and different ways. Courage to see new places, meet new people, and experience new cultures. Enjoy the occasional, unexpected experiences.
Robert’s Fun Travel Rules #6 – Use Travel to Make the World Better
Finally, make the world better. In Mark Twain’s, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It, he wrote:
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
This notion seems more crucial than ever. Filter many of our world tensions through this perspective. How many global issues resolve if convert this principle into action? Most noteworthy, you move from a passive to active role in resolving the toughest issues of our time.
Twain, M (1984). The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It. Library of America.