Every Person that Wonders Isn’t Lost

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]When I got to Cuba I decided to do something new on a daily basis. I created mini adventures by getting lost on purpose at least once. While I knew the general area in which I would be in, the rest was a mystery, but it truly led me to some of the most cherished moments I had during my time there. As you all have read, some people plan every detail of their trip. I am not that traveler. When I’m at home I usually have a scheduled plan on what I will be doing for the day that I need to accomplish. I am the complete opposite while abroad. getting lost and carried away with the environment in which I am in is an experience all in itself.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Here are some of the benefits of getting lost while traveling:” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1510585960876-ff74c232-e2cb-2″ include=”1999,1995,1996″][vc_custom_heading text=”You will discover treasures you did not know even existed:” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I love street art. I visit cities with great street art on purpose because it’s my passion that I wish I had a talent to recreate. While in Greece I loved when I would stumble upon art that I did not know I needed to see. Yes, that awesome restaurant you stalked on Yelp sounds great, but there is nothing like finding a quaint restaurant in Old Havana tucked off in the corner full of locals. I’m about the overall experience of my trips and there are simply some things money can’t buy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Learn the city better:” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]I think walking in a city and using it’s public transportation is the best way to quickly get to know a city. When you are in an Uber or a taxi, you are not paying too much attention to what is going around you. You may check the fare occasionally, but more often than not, you’re in your phone, listening to music, and waiting to get to your destination. One time I spent almost 2 hours getting lost in Tokyo looking for a currency exchange place that was tucked away in some building. When you are lost, your senses are heightened and you pay more attention to street signs or the local corner store that was directly across from your hostel or Airbnb. When you have landmarks to rely on, you will feel more comfortable when you encounter that space again later throughout your trip.

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Whether you get lost on purpose / accidentally, you are eventually going to have to find your way back to your destination. This is when you are going to have to apply critical thinking and street smarts. You learn your triggers and how you react under pressure. I found it interesting how I would react to stress abroad versus in my day to day life. Usually, I had a go with the flow attitude, and while I would like to maintain that approach in my “real” life, that does not always happen.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1510585960882-9b99efbc-496b-0″ include=”1998,1997″][vc_custom_heading text=”Spontaneity on vacation is always a great idea:” google_fonts=”font_family:Lato%3A100%2C100italic%2C300%2C300italic%2Cregular%2Citalic%2C700%2C700italic%2C900%2C900italic|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][vc_column_text]At the end of the day, you are on vacation from your everyday life and need to spend some time getting loose. You make some of your best memories when you least expect it, and you will be able to have quality time bonding with yourself, your travel partner, and the environment in which you are in. What is the point in being constricted time wise? This is probably why I haven’t tried a cruise yet. Spend some time seeing the world with new eyes and get lost!

 

 

Contribution by Avery Tyson

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