Straying From The Beaten Path Has Never Been So Easy

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

One of the New Year’s resolutions I made last month was to go on more adventures. If you know me or you’ve had a look around at my blog, it’s not hard to tell that I’m obsessed with travelling and seeing the world – I’m almost ready to book flights for the biggest trip of my life so far: 6 weeks in South East Asia after I graduate from university. I’m so excited!

But! Until that time comes, I’ll be spending my spare time (the little of it that I have) dreaming of other corners of the world that I might one day eventually visit.

I was recently asked by ‘Go Girl Guides’ what travelling meant to me, and this seems like a good time to share my response to that question.

“Travelling helps to keep me grounded and stay in the present moment. Experiencing new places and exploring all these different corners of the world is, to me, the most exciting thing a person can do. When I get to witness what incredible beauty the world has to offer, I’m filled with nothing but happiness and gratitude, and there’s nothing else quite like it.”

I’ve thought about it a lot, and I really don’t think there’s a better way to describe it.

Today’s #MindsetReset training session run by Mel Robbins addressed the issue of feeling stuck, and what we can do to find ways to grow. (If you don’t know who she is, I’m slightly obsessed with her, and you can read about the month-long course I've been doing here). To me, travelling was the thing that truly started my journey of self-development – my trip to Israel in June 2017 to be precise. Whenever I’m travelling, I’m always discovering new things about myself and I think that’s why I’m so addicted to it. I feel like each time I go abroad or take a trip, my mind is expanded and in turn I become a better person.

When I was thinking about what I could do to continue expanding my mind, and how I could take this travelling thing further, I thought about those companies that organise your trip for you and keep the destination a surprise.

At first, I never thought something like that would take my fancy – I can’t deny that I’m a slight control freak and the thought of not being in charge of my own holiday definitely gave me some anxiety. But when I came across ‘Anywhr’, I was slightly more willing to be open to the idea.

I’d never seen a travel curator company that took so much care into personalising their customer’s trips.

They specialise in sending you on the road less-travelled. I’m definitely guilty of falling into the occasional tourist trap when I go abroad – there are some places that are popular for a reason so they’re hard not to miss. (Can you really go to Rome and not see the Colosseum?) But Anywhr take care of all the logistics for you, so it’s never been easier to stray from the beaten path.

Being able to choose from 3 themes (Adventure, Experience or Getaway), and a choice of 3 tiers according to your budget (Budget, Regular or Luxurious) is just the first stage of personalisation. You can then go on to inform the team of any preferences you have, such as places you don’t want to visit, what sort of environment you would like (mountains or beaches, etc.) and basically anything else you want out of your trip.

It’s something I’d really like to try in the future. One thing I always say after booking a trip myself is ‘I need another holiday!’. Sorting out the logistics can be exhausting, especially when you’re on a student budget like me and spending hours looking for the cheapest deals.

Obviously, I haven’t been on a trip with Anywhr yet, so I can’t speak from experience - I just love the idea of how valuable an experience like this could end up being. The whole reason I love blogging about travel so much is the fact that I have a platform to inspire others to get out and see the world as well.

However, something that I can definitely see from booking a surprise trip with a company such as Anywhr, is that it’s is not for everyone. You’ll certainly be pushed outside of your comfort zone and that can be disconcerting, but to me, that’s what travelling is about. Spontaneity, new experiences, and problem solving when things don’t go according to plan.

So if after all that, you think this is something that would take your fancy, click below to find out more!

Would you ever try something like this? Let me know in the comments!

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