While it seems like there is never enough time to do everything you want back home, the fact is, while you travel, time is of abundance. Sure having no set responsibilities and no specific agenda items may leave you a bit lethargic, the fact is, though, you got a lot of time on your hands. You may be a creative person yourself, but a push in the right direction never hurt anyone. Here are some great ways to spend your time while abroad that don’t involve destroying your budget. Do them right and they may even help you transition the lessons you learned while abroad into your life back home.
Playing games: Fun as a kid and fun now! Playing games is something you will absolutely do while traveling. Be it board games in a cool hostel or café or jumping in a game of volleyball or futbol with your local friends, game playing is time honored travel tradition. Some other favorites while traveling include a myriad of card games, Would Your Rather, 20 questions and of course, Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Long meals: Remember as a kid when you had to eat long, boring dinners with your family and their friends every so often? Well this may have been boring back in the day, but now, it is all the rage. Trying the local cuisine is part of the fun while traveling, and mixing this with good people leads to lots of time spent eating, drinking and being merry. While some meals are definitely spent alone, taking the time to eat and drink with friends is a worthy way to spend some time abroad.
Reflection: While time spent with others is what makes travel so great, it is definitely necessary to spend some time reflecting on what you’ve seen, and how this can and will affect you. While I’m a big fan of reflecting by myself, it doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Regardless of whether you prefer to be alone or reflect through conversation with a close friend, take the time necessary to make sure you get the fullest impact of all you see and experience while abroad.
Stop, look and listen: At home we don’t take much time to remember how incredibly awesome it is to be alive. Along with this, it is also easy to forget how beautiful the world and nature are as well. Even if you don’t live in a tourist destination, the fact is, every place around the world has something beautiful to offer. With that being said, being abroad with time on your hands is a great way to remember these facts. Take in your surroundings. Listen to the sounds, see the sights, and live in the moment. If you can’t remember the last time you sat around starring at clouds roll across the sky or the sun lay its head to bed, then maybe a trip to the unknown is exactly what you need.