World travel is more than just visiting new cities, taking in new cultures, and experiencing different cuisines. Seeing the world can also be a transformative experience in terms of how we view ourselves and others. We are hardwired for adventure and travel may be the best way to tap into that. Whether you are zip-lining over the jungle canopy of Peru, bartering in the markets of Marrakech, or simply sitting on a beach in Jamaica, there is something about conquering a new experience that gives us a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence that can’t be found anywhere else.
As we approach peak vacation season and the world shakes off the last shackles of the pandemic, many are itching to hit the road again. International travel rebounded to 80% of pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter of 2023 and there is still plenty to see and do around the globe.
However, it’s important to remember that traveling isn’t for everyone. There are a few things to keep in mind before booking your next trip to make sure it is as enjoyable and safe as possible.
1. Don’t judge other people or their lifestyles because they are different from your own. It’s arrogant to assume that your views are correct and all other views are wrong. Take time to understand that there is more that unites the human race than divides it. Embracing other possibilities, opinions, religions, and customs is the key to making friends all over the world.
2. Keep in mind that the world is not as dangerous as the corporate media makes it out to be. There are certainly some places that are more hazardous than others but there is a lot of information out there that will help you prepare for your travels. Research your destinations, talk to your doctor, and plan accordingly. 3. Always carry medical supplies and a first aid kit with you. Travel is unpredictable and there’s a good chance that you will encounter an unexpected situation during your trip. Having a basic medical kit and knowing how to use it could save your life in an emergency. 4. Learn about the local culture and customs before arriving. Trying to figure out how to communicate with locals when you get lost or your food order isn’t right can be frustrating but it’s important to stay calm and try again. If you are patient, you will eventually find your way or be able to find someone who can help you.
5. Avoid over planning your trips. This is a common mistake that often leads to stress and anxiety while traveling. Plan your trip with an itinerary that allows for flexibility. This will give you a better experience overall and can actually save money. It’s also a good idea to enroll in an emergency evacuation program such as Medjet in case anything goes wrong while you are traveling abroad.
If you are ready to start your journey and see the world for yourself, contact Penn’s dedicated team at World Travel, Inc. Our agents are experts in creating high-quality group travel experiences and higher education programs.