If you really want to have a good time with your upcoming travel Thailand tours, I have one key piece of advice or you. It’s too easy to believe that to ensure a good time when traveling, you only have to take care of your safety, have the right itinerary, and have the right equipment. While I’m not saying that those items are completely worthless, you have to view them in proper perspective.
The truth is even if you have the right gear, you’ve properly prepared for you trip, and you’re going to the right place, you could still have a lousy time. There is one ingredient that needs to be present. Without this factor, a great trip simply is not possible. What factor is this? Your mindset.
You have to go into any kind of situation with the right set of assumptions, expectations, and beliefs. As the old saying goes, “If you believe, you will achieve.” Whatever’s going on in your mind will impact how you perceive what’s going on outside your body. Pretty simply stuff, very elementary and very basic. Unfortunately, a lot of people who go on travel Thailand tours forget this. They come to Thailand with all sorts of improper of mistaken mindsets. Nine times out of ten, they walk away with a less than satisfactory experience.
In fact, a lot of them walk away with a disastrous experience. It’s not because the food was bad. It’s not because they went to the wrong place. It’s not because they had the wrong gear. The main reason why they had such a crappy time was that they came with the wrong mindset. This is the best advice I could give you when it comes to travel Thailand tours or any kind of tour. Whether you’re going to France, Spain, Africa, the Philippines, Korea, or any other point in the globe, you need to have the right mindset.
If you don’t have the right mindset, even expensive tours will suck, seriously. It has nothing to do with how much money you spent on your trip. Whether you spent few hundred bucks or you spend thousands of dollars, your mindset will determine the kind of value you walk away with. A lot of Americans are under the mistaken assumption that if they spend over $5,000 on their trip, they are entitled or guaranteed a good time. This is the worst mindset possible.
You see, you cannot buy a good time. You cannot buy a great and memorable experience. You can only allow yourself to get that experience. Do you see where I’m coming from here? Sadly, a lot of people think that if they go with the right agency, the right tour operator, and the right travel package at the right price, they are guaranteed a good time. Those luxury packages are only luxuries because they set up the wrong ingredients properly, but they don’t ensure an outcome. I hope you can see the big difference here.
There is quite a disconnect between having the raw ingredients for a good time and actually having a good time. To have a time, you have to allow it to happen. These are tips on how to do that.
Get ready to celebrate the unfamiliar
The first thing that you need to do is to step out of the familiar. Step out of your 9:00 to 5:00 job. Step out of your old identity. Get ready to look at the world with a brand new set of eyes. In fact, my favorite technique is to look at the place that I’m going to from the eyes of my three-year-old son. This works all the time.
When find myself in a new situation with a child’s mindset, I’m able to pick up more things. I’m able to enjoy more things. I’m able to celebrate things that would otherwise be scary, offensive, and irritating. I hope you see my point here. The real travel is mental. It’s not geographic. It’s not physical. It all happens in your mind and in your emotions.
Focus on the moment
I don’t want to sound like some sort of meditation new-age guru here. But if you really want to enjoy things in life, focus on the moment. Slow things down. Allow yourself to be in one place at one time and just focus your mind on one thing at a time. When you do this, you unclench your mind. You see, in any given moment, our mind is hanging on to many different concepts. It’s burdened by all sorts of obligations and responsibilities. It’s trying to keep track of all sorts of details. This is especially true if you’re at work.
However, if you’re traveling, you have to allow yourself to focus on the moment. You unclench the routine that you left behind and you are able pick up on experiences one at a time. When you do this, you’re able to savor them. You’re able to experience them at a deep level. Most importantly, you are able to look at the local scenario from the eyes of people that actually live there.
Not only have you taken yourself to a different geographical space, but you also allow yourself to be transported to a different mental, emotional, and cultural space. This is what makes travel Thailand tours more memorable. If you fail to do this, then you’re simply going from point A to point B. What’s the big difference between traveling to Thailand and traveling to France or Germany on business? There’s not much difference because when you’re on business your mindset is different. When you’re traveling for pleasure, your mindset must be distinct as well. Otherwise, you’re just not going to enjoy.
Savour the sights and smells
Different places have different cultures and this impact the things that you see, hear, taste, smell, and touch. Don’t just gloss these over. Don’t just think that these are nice catalog items that you check off your list. That’s not traveling. That’s trying to travel with a quota. That’s not what you’re trying to do. What you should seek to achieve is to truly live out the Thai experience. It’s a different frame of mind. It’s a different spiritual space that you are exploring. Allow yourself to experience this. Allow yourself to step into a distinct space where your eyes are wide open and your heart is open.
The people you meet are a part of the attraction
It’s very common for Americans to go to a specific location and look at the people as props. They’re really just fixated on the geographical elements and features, and look at the people as simply props or part of the local attraction, how sad. You see, traveling is also about exploring your humanity.
The good news is that regardless of what people look like, what they eat, the languages they speak, we’re all fundamentally the same inside. Not only do we bleed the same red blood, but we have the same fears. We have the same needs. The same issues drive us. We may express these in different ways and this is called culture, but ultimately deep down we’re the same. This is the kind of insight that you should definitely look for when you’re going on travel Thailand tours.
Regardless of whether you’re traveling to Thailand this year and France the next year, or Switzerland the year after that, allow yourself to get into this space and all your travels will be more personally enriching and fulfilling.