Cycling in the fitness club this morning I could not help but imagine myself on a real bicycle. I don’t particularly like fitness clubs, so in my mind I was driving through the most beautiful places I’ve been to. Mostly through nature. Mostly childhood memories. I closed my eyes and just enjoyed riding my bike.
The places have come alive
As I was (mentally) driving through all of those places, something happened. I realized that those places were not simply places but full of memories.
Every spot I imagined, I immediately connected with a memory. So while I was cycling, I was actually riding through my memories. It was just a short journey. But full of experiences. I was not thinking so much about the places that I pictured, but the people I was with, the things that happened that day, the weather, the music, simply everything surrounding the place. The places have become alive: „That Italian restaurant, where Michael celebrated his birthday„, „The old pine forest, we found those huge mushrooms„, „The lake where we met this fisherman from Iceland„.
It’s about the people, situations and moments
Thinking about all those places I’ve been to, I realized one thing: When getting to know a place it was never so much about the place itself but about the experiences, the people, the situations and moments that I had at this place. If you think about it for a second, you might come up with similar experiences. If you’ve been to Paris for example, you will most likely think of more than just about a picture of the Eiffel Tower. You will have your own memories. And it is totally up to you, how you want to create these memories! So when I visit a place; I don’t come to see the place. I want the place to unveal itself. I let the place embrace me and lead me to an adventure.
5 tips to get the most out of places
So how do I experience adventures when I travel? Well there is no such thing as a secret recipe. But there are certain things that you can do, to make the unlikely happen. Here is my top 5 list:
- Don’t plan too much!
If you plan your trip into the finest detail you won’t have time for unexpectancies.
- Try to avoid electronic equipment as far as possible!
Don’t travel behind the screens of your smartphones, tablets and cameras. You won’t be alert for the things happening around you if you constantly take pictures or check your phone for tips on trip advisor.
- Travel alone!
It is nice when you’re travelling with your friends, but it is more like a pick nick than real travelling! You will find it easier to meet new people when you’re all on your own. Meeting new people is often the beginning of an adventure.
- Act like a child!
We grown-ups tend to over-think things. And often we tell ourselves „this is not going to work!“ and set limits to ourselves. When we were kids, we just did what we wanted to do. If it did not work we just tried again. So listen to the kid inside yourself and do what really makes you come alive!
- Be spontaneous.
The best decisions in life happen spontaneously. Be open to the unexpected for adventures rarely come announced. Sometimes all you gotta do is to give it a shot!
„You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.“ – Wayne Gretzky