Exploration is a fun and arguably necessary part of life. Discovering new places, cultures, and things to do provides opportunity for adventure that can be enjoyed in places across the world, or maybe even in your own backyard. While you may not be charting completely new territory like Lewis and Clark, it’s still important to keep some rules in mind as you explore in this modern day and age.
Rule #1: Know where you are going
Even if you’re backpacking through Europe, have a good foundation of information and resources to rely on as you explore new cities and/or wilderness. Do some research about the cities, cultures, and types of people you’ll be around, and be sure to collect key information in case of emergencies.
Rule #2: Let people know where you are going
This may seem redundant or unnecessary, but it is crucial, especially if you are exploring in less populated areas or out of the country. Again, this is important in case of emergencies!
Rule #3: Plan Ahead
This goes in line with the first rule, but it is important to remember to plan ahead. Bring the appropriate safety kits, enough cash, underwear, socks, etc. Because it never hurts to be over-prepared and planning ahead allows for a smoother experience. Structure what you need and go with the flow where you can, just keep in mind the basics before you jet off to your next destination.
Rule #4: Try something new
Whether you’re setting out to explore and re-discover your city or braving the heights of Machu Picchu, be sure to try something new! It can be as simple as exploring a new corner of the city or trying a new type of food before you set off on your epic quest to hike the Lost City Trek in Colombia, your adventure is enriched when you intentionally seek new experiences. Because exploring is not just about the destination, it’s about the journey getting there!
And last but not least: Have fun!
In this modern era of instant information and speedy transportation, the destinations and possibilities seem limitless! There are so many places to explore and you should! Enjoy yourself the entire way, even when new things feel uncomfortable, because all of these new experiences have the potential to be extremely meaningful. You can meet new people from all over the world, immerse yourself in a new culture, try an abundance of new foods, and see practically all of the sights the world has to offer. Enjoy and have fun as you explore our modern world!