A few weeks ago I started this series about how I’m different when I travel – different to how I am in normal day to day life. In case you missed it, last time I was talking about how I’m more outgoing when I travel. Obviously if you have read the title already, you know I’ll be writing about how I’m more adventurous when I travel. For me this isn’t just something different about me, but I hope it is true for everyone who travels.
So there’s many things I do while travelling that I wouldn’t do at home. I’m not sure what makes me do them, but silly or not, I’ll try it most times. I think it’s one of those things, I don’t want to regret not doing anything from a particular place, as I have no idea if I’ll ever get the chance to return. Take for example my latest trip to Cambodia, when we went to a place nicknamed ‘Tarantula Town’. Now back home, if someone told me to put a spider on my face, I would politely decline by telling them ‘hell no’ and that would be it. In Cambodia however, of course I’ll put a massive spider in my beard, that would be cool, a great story, and something not many people would have tried. Definitely more adventurous than I would have been back home.
But it’s not just putting random arachnids on my face, its many other things I’ve tried that I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for travel, and I don’t regret any of them. I’ve never been the clubbing or dancing type, but while in Japan a few of the people I met up decided to go out for a night on the town. Now back I’m home I am was a bit self-conscious about how I looked when I dance (I’m a white guy, so obviously I can’t dance haha) but in a different country with no inhibitions, I was free to do whatever I wanted on the dance floor, and you know what, it was fun.
Riding on the back of motorbikes in Vietnam not only seems dangerous (especially if you’ve seen how they drive) but it’s not covered by most travel insurance. This means that if there is an accident then you will be forking out all the bills yourself. But that was another thing I tried, and it was awesome! I had so much fun that day, sitting on the back of the bike and feeling more like a local. Check out the post about my motorbike tour of Hue here, there’s even a video I put together of the experience.
The food I have consumed while in different countries has been fairly adventurous too. My first night in Japan I have no idea what I even ordered, and still can’t tell you to this day what it was, but I ate it. It wasn’t too bad either, whatever it was. At home I would have just gone to some place familiar, and eaten there, within my comfort zone. Then there was also that time I ate a tarantula.
I’m different and more adventurous when I travel, and I have very few regrets because of it. I hope that in the future I’m even more adventurous and willing to try things offered to me. I encourage all of you out there to also be adventurous when you travel – don’t miss out just because you are being cautious. Get out there, and try what the world has to offer