Lost your luggage? Missed your flight? Before you let the panic set in, read on to find out how these travel blunders can actually be the highlight of your next trip.
Lose Your Daily Itinerary Plan
For once, send the planner in you on vacation, too, and skip your carefully planned itinerary. Don’t have your map? Lost your list of the top locations you wanted to see? Perfect. Wandering around aimlessly can be a great way to explore a city and see a little of everything. Don’t waste your time trying to locate your list or panicking about it. Instead, walk around, find a local pub, meet some friendly faces and experience the city as a resident might—not a tourist. Aside from the sheer adventure of it, you might end up seeing the city in a whole different way.
If you’re looking for an authentic place to eat at a reasonable price, travel suggestions from your hotel map may not have the answer. Instead, look for a place on your own. Walk around and you just may fall into a quaint little place you would never have otherwise discovered. You can even strike up a conversation with a friendly local and get their take on the best restaurants in town. You may even get to know the roads better if you have to find your way back on your own.
Lose Your Tour Group
You lost the group and your guide is nowhere in sight. Before you decide to head back to your hotel and give up for the day, try to venture off on your own and discover things a tour group wouldn’t ever see, like a very small, hidden away restaurant with the best pasta in town, or a quiet little park that, although isn’t a special landmark, is beautiful in its own right.
Visit a Country Where You Don’t Speak the Language
Visiting a country where communication is easy takes all the fun out of it sometimes. Instead, visit a country where you don’t speak the language at all. You might want to bring a dictionary with you to help you with key phrases but don’t fret if you can’t understand the menu. This is a great way to force anyone stuck in a comfort zone rut to try new things, explore new places, and meet new people. You may be surprised by the friendships that can exist between two people who speak different languages. You may also find it to be a rather humbling experience.