Easy Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone on Vacation

by Angelique Platas

May 7, 2019

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Tips / Travel

We get so set in our ways, from the daily commute to weekend plans, but vacation is really a time to shake things up and experience something new. Sure, you want to relax, unwind and recharge, but some out-of-your-comfort-zone activities can really elevate your trip. Make some fun new memories and maybe even contribute a bit to your personal growth — or, at the very least, walk away with a fun story to tell.

 

Try New Foods

Taking a foodie tour is like dipping your toe just outside of your comfort zone. Even if you’re an adventurous eater, finding a half-day or even week-long foodie tour can help expose you to a new area’s culture, or show you an interesting side to a destination you know and love. At the end of the day, you’re going to get fed, walk around, visit markets and make friends.

 

Visit the Locals

Whether on a cruise, resort or somewhere removed just far enough from reality to feel like a vacation, get of your comfort zone and try to make your way like a local — even if it’s only visiting a nearby town for a few hours to shop and have coffee, or booking an on-resort excursion and spending the day exploring the locale.

 

Get Out and Ride

The old adage of “getting back on the horse” can be a literal activity on vacation. Find a local horseback riding tour, cycling excursion or hop-on-hop-off bus tour and get the lay of the land. This way, you can enjoy your surroundings with a new perspective and even test out those cycling skills you may have forgotten about.

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