On Quirky Travel Habits

Everyone has dirty little secrets. No wonder if you travel a lot you have dirty little travel secrets. Okay, they are not necessarily so dirty but they are quirky and strange to others. That’s just one thing – and we shouldn’t really bother about what other people think about us, right? – but sometimes they seem quirky even to ourselves. Still we just can’t leave them because we enjoy their benefits too much. Like getting up super early in the morning…

Getting up crazy early

On Quirky Travel Habits: Sunrise in Laganas Bay, Zante, Greece

Getting up early means that our day will be longer and we have time to see and do a lot more. It also means that we can visit places before they get too crowded. We can find a parking spot before the parking lot (and the second lot and also the third one) gets full. We also like hiking and often we get up early in order to finish our hike before it gets dark. Or we get up early to catch our flight at 6 am because that was the cheapest flight we found.

Since we have full-time jobs our holidays are precious to us and we just don’t want to waste too much time with sleeping. But getting up early also means that we are tired and grumpy – just occasionally, of course. 😀 Still the benefits outweight the drawbacks for us. Guess this means that the funny situation that we get up earlier during our holidays than when we go to work will remain for a while.

Eating… well… mostly junk food

On Quirky Travel Habits: High Sierra Trail, California, USA

Even writing this down makes me feel guilty. Because we usually cook for ourselves and pay attention to eating healthy food – I mean when we don’t travel. But when we do then we pay almost zero attention to food. One reason is that we are usually out in the wild hiking somewhere and there’s nothing else available other than what we have in our backpack. That is mostly sandwiches, snacks and fruits. Yeah, fruits, at least.

The other reason is that we can save so much money by not eating out. So even when there are restaurants nearby it’s a rare and special occasion that we go to a restaurant. In addition, we often stay in cheap hotel or hostel rooms with no kitchenette (or even fridge) where cooking is not an option. This leaves us with the same option as when we hike: sandwiches, snacks and fruits.

Food is not really an experience for us and we rarely go to restaurant at home either so it’s one of the easiest way to save money. Okay, special chocolate doesn’t count. 😛

Always on the go

On Quirky Travel Habits: Slemenova špica, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

Maybe our body wants the compensation for sitting all day long at work but when we don’t work we are usually physically active. Even when we travel. Actually, we spend majority of our time in national parks when we travel. We love nature and being out in the wild is what relaxing means to us.

And when we are not hiking, we prefer exploring the cities and towns on foot. Walking on the streets is an important part of the experience for us. Maybe climbing on the nearby hill to enjoy the view of the city from above, too. Or walking a couple of kilometres on the seashore near the town. We are not that kind who can sit in a cafe for hours. Now that I think of it that is one reason I don’t even think of wearing pretty dresses and sandals… Because nothing is more comfortable than sneakers. Maybe my hiking boots.

No must-see

On Quirky Travel Habits: View of Paris from Montparnasse Tower

We don’t bother too much about must-see attractions. It’s not something we decided beforehand but from the beginning of our travels together we didn’t consider places which seem not exciting enough to us. Or we are tight on time and there are places which are more tempting.

Of course, we read about all the must-sees before visiting a new place and we know that popular attractions are popular for a reason. But that doesn’t mean we really must see all of them. We didn’t go to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But we went up to the Montparnasse Tower. The choice is always ours.

Now what are some of your quirky little travel habits? Share away!



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By Beata Urmos

Bea is the co-founder of Our Wanders. She’s the writer and the trip organizer, and she’d love to help you plan your own amazing trips! She likes hiking, good novels and chocolate, as well. Her motto is: “A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” (John A. Shedd)

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