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Six travel hacks for solo explorers
We see you at your desk, Googling The Maldives as you eat your lukewarm Lean Cuisine, during what has become an acceptable lunch break. Whether or not white, sandy beaches are feasible in your future, decide to make this weekend epic – even if it’s just in your own city.
APPROACH ADVENTURE AS A STATE OF MIND
We’ll tell you a secret: you don’t have to be adventurous to have adventures. The only thing you need is a curious spirit. We tend to over-plan and over-analyze everything; our schedule, our food, our living situation. Throw caution to the wind (for the weekend, the week or longer), grab your keys and go. Try a new restaurant, take in an art gallery or head out of town. You’ll feel refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to take on Monday.
Give your taste buds permission to explore fares like Portuguese egg tarts and Arabic coffee, with food inspiration from Instagrammer Girl Eat World . Her food and travel log has garnered more than 360,000 followers, all eager to sneak a peek at her next bite.
And if you’re looking to escape modern lifestyle, check out these Instagrammers who are searching for the secret of life on the road. Take The Bus and Us for example. They quit their jobs, built a bus and drove from Alaska to Argentina and back.
CHECK OUT THESE TRAVEL APPS
Exploring the world just got a little easy with the these travel apps. Check them out to stay organized and prepared for your upcoming travels. Google Trips organizes your essential travel information in one place. You can also receive customizable day plans based on what’s nearby. And, take the guesswork out of your day-of travel with FlightStats, a free real-time flight status and airport tracking app.
WAKE UP EARLY
Rise early, even if it means setting a dreaded alarm on your day off. Watch the sunrise, sip coffee and witness the world waking around you. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious (but want to avoid the hotel treadmill) lace up your tennis shoes and join other tourists on a run through the city.
Ditch the ‘must-see’ lists and guidebooks and instead wander off the beaten path. Let yourself discover new things about your surroundings as well as yourself. You’ll gain new insights and a boost in your confidence knowing you can find your way around a new setting without losing your cool.
USE AIRBNB'S MAP FEATURE TO FIND YOUR NEXT DESTINATION
Leave your next trip up to fate by searching off-the-grid spots on Airbnb’s world map. Like a villa in North Iceland or a luxury penthouse on the island of Mauritius, near Madagascar. Bonus: staying at a home, apartment or villa through Airbnb allows you to see your surroundings not as a tourist but as a local.