Hello everyone! Most probably you have figured out that as Simple Community, we prefer to go beyond the routines by acting creative with the idea of simplicity in our life style. We apply this idea in our daily routines like a philosophy but don't take us wrong we don't do it like a trend. When we started focusing on how we want to live life, we came up to this point.
Traveling is a part of this idea. Traveling is the best thing in my life that feeds me from tip to toe and touches my soul. I come up with a new awareness every time I travel so I wanted to share my thoughts with you. I am a person who is being asked what to do and where to go whenever someone decides to go on a vacation. Sometimes I feel like a tour guide because I find myself writing long suggestions and making a route plan for those asking me. So now I will try to list some key points of hacking the routines during your travels.
For me, routine hacking means acting like a local, exploring new apps and websites rather than using the regular travel sites and making those memorable days more adventurous...
How do I do it?
1)I first visit www.spottedbylocals.com and take note of their suggestions so that I do not go to touristic restaurants and eat unsavory food with high price. I am one of those that like local tastes.
2)I like living like a resident and experiencing people's lives so I've been using airbnb for a long time as accommodation. You may spend lower budgets and feel the warmth of home during your stay. Only that you might need to be careful with your choice so take a time to find the best house for you. Beyond this, if you are willing to share you own house with someone else, you may try www.homeexchange.com You might remember this house exchange from the movie Holiday. Who knows maybe you also meet the love of your life :)
3)Never ever carry heavy luggages. Grab a small hand luggage and a backpack. If you really need someting you will easily find it where you go. Look at it from another point of view, you may remember the places you visit whenever you wear it.
4)This is the rule I strongly suggest everyone. Even if it is once in a lifetime, go on a vacation on your own. Meet new people, chat with new cultures. Take time end enjoy your meal when you are hungry. Believe me you will be more responsive for yourself and your environment and you will have more self respect.
5)Dive into unpopular roads. Get to the streets that seem nice to you. Have your map and walk without knowing. This is a way to explore new things and you wouldn't imagine what you would face by entering the unknown.
6)Find an object and get that from everywhere you go. The easiest one is the magnet from souvenir shops but I mean something more meaningful without any price. For instance the napkins or the cards you can collect from the cafes/shops/excursions you visit.
7)Lastly I will suggest some useful apps. For making travel logs and reading others', I go with Bonjournal, for the ones that look for something rather than tripadvisor I would say Triposo, for those who run for the events and social gatherings I would pick eventbrite and heylets, for concert chasing I can advise bandsintown and again for every kind of local suggestions I use likealocal app.
Among all, I would of course recommend to take photos as much as you can and to use cellphones just to find your directions and necessities. Don't forget it is just a tool of communication so leave it aside and enjoy your precious time...