There are lots of things that make travelling an entirely different experience to simply going on holiday. And it’s so much more than seeing new places (though that’s definitely part of it!). The world is starting to open up once more, so the lands you’ve been dreaming of seeing might be getting ready to welcome you in.

The benefits

One of the key benefits of travel is that it broadens the mind. You see the world with a different pair of eyes, and you get a more of a sense of who you are in the grander scheme of things. You learn that there are different ways to live and work, and you might find there’s an ethos or a mindset that you take home with you.

It teaches you to be more spontaneous, adapting to unexpected situations, and this stands you in good stead for challenges you might face in life. It also makes you fitter – if you explore on foot, you’ll find the miles add up without you even realising, and you’ll see and experience amazing things you never knew existed.

Live like a local

This is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps the environment if you’re eating food produced in the area. It helps support the local economy, while ensuring the culture continues to thrive. And ultimately, for the traveller at least, it enhances your experience of the place. You’ll try new foods that are often fantastic and you’ll meet lovely people who might have a totally different outlook on life to anyone else you know.

Have everything you need

The key things to remember are passport and tickets, of course. But make sure you know what the climate’s going to be like and pack accordingly. If it’s likely to be cold then men’s and women’s thermals are a must. Likewise, if it’s going to be hot, then sunhat, suncream, shorts and sandals might be the order of the day.

Once in a lifetime places to visit

You probably have your own bucket list, but here are a few locations you might want to add when they open their doors once more…

New Zealand – alpine summits, sub-tropical rainforest, unbelievable walks and golden beaches.

Goa, India – sun, sea, sand and amazing food in a land where Indian and Portuguese cultures fuse.

The Amazon Rainforest, Brazil – with a tenth of the world’s plant and animal species, this is one of the richest environments on Earth.

To get the most out of travelling, don’t try and see too much at once. Enjoy where you are, go with the flow, and you might find it’s the most incredible experience of your life.