My FAVOURITE Thing about Travel… and Why It Should be Your Favourite too.

October 25, 2015

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Ahhhh, yes. Travel.

Exploring the unknown.

Having a great adventure.

Seeing brand new things.

Humans love to travel.

I personally love traveling because I think seeing new things and meeting new people is such a fun and amazing thing to do. But those aren’t my favourite parts. Neither is seeing alll the museums and art that a place has to offer (even though I’m an art history student and that’s definitely a close second favourite).

I was originally going to write a post about why humans travel but then realised that a) I’m no psychology student and b) that’s such a subjective question. So today I’m going to tell you my absolute favourite part of traveling.

In short, I travel just to feel different vibes of all the places I go.

Okay, okay, I know this sounds super hippy but I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about. That feeling you get when you first arrive somewhere and interact with people and that feeling that you leave with. And all the vibes you pick up in between to give you an overall personality of a city or place. That is my favourite part of travel.

But how do you get this feeling, you ask?




Honestly, I don’t think there’s a formula to it.

Whether it’s Vienna, London or Rome (all pictured above), there’s always a distinct feeling to a city. Generally, here’s how I pick up my favourite thing about travel:

+ Talk to people!
This doesn’t even have to mean picking up conversation with rando’s on the street (although this can admittedly be super fun). Just talking to people at store or restaurants can give you read on their attitude towards foreigners.

+ Walk the walk!
As scary as it may be, leave your map in the hotel for a day and just wander around! There’s no better to really see a place than seeing the places where locals dwell. Most of my favourite spots in various cities happen to be hole-in-the-wall cafés or parks that I found by accident.

+ Do your homework.
Most blogs will tell you to read up on everywhere you can go and what to do but I’d suggest also spending a little bit of time with the news. What’s happening politically in the place you’re going? In Rome I got to talk to some locals about their attitudes towards the economy and how the young vs older people view everything. Conversations like these are so eye opening and are so invaluable.

+Notice things.
This may sound silly but it’s easy to get swept up in just seeing the big sites and forget to notice the little things when traveling. Do the pigeons look different? Can you see socio-economic splits? (Is my inner International Relations student showing yet?!) These little things can add so much personality to a place.



All this being said, I do love my textbook tourist desinations too. I was IN HEAVEN at the Vatican looking at all the art (ha, get it?) and love strolling down the main street, Kärntner Staße of Vienna.

I consider myself so lucky for having been lucky enough to have seen all the places I have and try not to take any for granted. I love leaving a place feeling like I’ve seen enough to have a feel for it in my head.

What your favourite thing about travel? What do you think makes up a city’s personality?


PS. Was this post too long? I feel like it was longer than usual……

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  • Heidi October 25, 2015 at 17:03

    This post is definetely NOT too long!! I loved it! This is my favorite part of travelling too. Feeling the vibe in a city is such an amazing thing. Personally I love London and New York. I truly feel like I can FEEL these cities. & I love leaving the map at the hotel too – it brings you to wonderful places! Really great post, Pia 🙂

  • Romantiquely October 26, 2015 at 06:52

    Wow this post has my wanderlust levels skyrocketing! And no way, it definitely isn’t too long sweetheart, I love reading your posts (the longer the better for me!) I love feeling out the vibes of a place too, it’s so exciting and unique! Your tips are really helpful and I will definitely try and do all of those things (I will have my checklist at the ready!) Lovely post sweetheart! xxxxx

  • Kat Boogaard October 26, 2015 at 19:11

    Love these tips for getting the most out of your travels. I always love talking to locals to find those hidden gems, rather than getting stuck in all of the same tourist traps. Thanks for sharing!


  • THE AVANTGUARDIAN October 27, 2015 at 10:22

    I love the actual sense of ‘living’ when I travel. We sit behind our electronic machines for a greater part of the day. But whenever I’m traveling, I love being away from all that. Great post Pia!

  • Ela BellaWorld October 28, 2015 at 07:30

    I love exploring new places and meeting new people. I learn places that I haven’t explored from locals then there are more to see. I also like to check everything before visiting a place then I know where to visit instead of wasting my time 🙂 It is a great post and thanks for the tips xx

  • Minnie Knows October 29, 2015 at 09:07

    Amazing photos! Traveling and exploring is the best thing ever 🙂

  • Mica October 29, 2015 at 12:17

    Definitely don’t think your post was too long!

    I think your comment about leaving time on holiday to just relax and explore and enjoy the little things was a good one – it is a nice way to get to know a destination!

    Thanks for your comment on my last post about blogger struggles!

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