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How to be a happy traveller in 6 steps

Greece ● 17 April 2017
 

Joy and happiness is found in simple things and in experiences, where you forget your worries and you enjoy the moment. Travel is the perfect time to do that and also step outside your comfort zone, explore new approaches and form new habits. Below are some tips to push your limits and cultivate more joy during your trip.

1. Get familiar with the food story of each place

Food reflects the culinary culture of its civilisation, and it is also a great delight. Learn the ingredients, products, recipes, techniques and traditions that make a cuisine special, and taste all dishes in traditional, local restaurants.

2. Add new experiences in your calendar

Having new experiences is the ultimate goal of each trip. Each destination has many things to offer to you, and you should take the most out of it, if you want to feel happy and complete, when you return back home.

3. Be flexible

Flexibility is everything, when travelling alone or with company. Don't waste your energy trying to convince the others to follow your program or trying to find a solution for every problem because you want things to be exactly as you have imagined. Feel free, reschedule the program and do things you have not thought about.

4. Don't take too many photos

We understand you. You want to take as many photos as you can in order to catch the moment and have every detail of your trip in your camera and your computer. But the thing is that the camera can't see better than your eyes and can't feel deeper than your heart. By trying to photograph everything, you miss the magic of the moment that can easily be imprinted in your mind.


5. Connect with other people

The best way to know the culture and the mentality of each country is to speak with local people and make friends, if possible. If you travel solo, it may be easy to meet new people, but if you travel with your friends, your other-half or your family, you can also have the opportunity to get a little closer to local people. Introduce yourself to an elderly person, speak with the other tenants of your hotel or hostel, or just discuss with a cute guy you have met on a bar.

6. Lose yourself in the music

Music is, together with food, another essential part of each place's culture. Turn on the radio and find local stations, visit a bar or a live stage with local music, and try to understand how the music is connected to the mentality of the country.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Messinia, Greece Francisco Hotel
Francisco Hotel
Agios Andreas, 24010 Messinia, Greece

Francisco Hotel is located in the village of Agios Andreas, Messinia, just a minute's walk from the beach. The town of Koroni is 12 km away. Kalamata International Airport is 35.3 km away.

Appartment in Rethymno, Greece Radamanthy's Hotel Apartments
Radamanthy's Hotel Apartments
Sfakaki, 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Radamanthy's Hotel Apartments is located in the seaside village of Sfakaki, just an 8-minute walk from the beach. The centre of Rethymno town is 10 km away.

Hotel & Studio in Kalymnos, Greece Mary Popi
Mary Popi
Platys Gialos, Panormos, 85200 Kalymnos, Greece

Mary Popi is situated in a quiet location near the popular summer resort Panormos in Kalymnos, just 250 meters from Platys Gialos beach. Kalymnos Island National Airport is at 5 km, while the main port of Kalymnos, Pothia, is 7 km away from the property. The center of Panormos village can be reached within 10 minutes on foot.


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