29 ways: Make your travel experience the best time of your life

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bosnia 1. Go Somewhere Unexpected

Pictured: Blagaj Tekke, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I visited one of the least popular tourist countries in Europe and it remains to this day to be one of my favourite places in the world.

explore 2. Get in touch with nature

Pictured: Connemara, Ireland. I arrived in Dublin feeling rundown and in need of a new source of inspiration. So I hired a car and drove for 8 hours until I reached somewhere that just felt right.

lisbon portugal 3. Dance like no one’s watching

Pictured: Lisbon, Portugal. Sometimes I’ll find myself walking through a street or alleyway feeling such bliss that I can’t help but to bust out a move. Whatever you feel, go for it. Who do you know here anyway!?

eatily 4. Eat like the word diet was never invented

Pictured: Vienna, Austria. When I first started travelling the world full time I would think about maintaining a healthy diet and limit my treats. It wasn’t long before I gave into the universe and went with the ‘no-diet diet’ philosophy.

budapest hungary 5. Get out and about at night

Pictured: Budapest, Hungary. One of my early mistakes when I started travelling was to do so much during the day time that I was always exhausted by around dinner time. After dinner I would crash into the couch and retire early…. but my how this has changed! Sometimes the best experiences start in the evenings – and it is often when the city you are visiting really comes to life.

put down the map 6. Put down the map and get gloriously lost

Pictured: Lake Bled, Slovenia. Another early mistake I was guilty of was to plan each day like I was on a strict military schedule. I soon learned that the best way to experience each place was to just go with the flow and embrace the feeling of being lost.

prague 7. Look for the colour in each day

Pictured: Prague, Czech Republic. Sometimes the best way to feel inspired by a place you are visiting is to scan the horizon or panorama for the colours. When you start seeing the colours, you let yourself embrace the lighter side of life.

budapest 8. Stop and think of the past as well as the present

Pictured: Fisherman’s Bastion, Budapest. While it is easy to visit a historic site or attraction and view it in the present day, it’s another thing to learn the history and story behind a place you are visiting and envisage it the way it was decades or hundreds of years ago.

london 9. Notice everything in between

Pictured: Big Ben from Trafalgar Square, London. When you look into the distance to ‘see’ something, consider looking at everything in a more three dimensional manner. Look at what’s immediately infront of you (traffic), beyond you in the distance (Big Ben), and everything in between (architecture).

explore like a child 10. Explore like a child

Pictured: Isle of Skye, Scotland. When you let yourself become a kid again, you enjoy the experience in a more child-like manner and see things in a different way. Climbing rocks to get a better view instead of looking at the scenery from the far away road led me to really enjoy the picturesque view and be a part of it, instead of being just another onlooker.

france 11. Indulge in the finer things, even if you wouldn’t normally

Pictured: A chateau for wine-tasting in Beaune, France. While I’m not typically a big alcohol enthusiast, I took it upon myself to indulge in a full day of wine tasting in the French countryside. The results were: crashing my bicycle for lack of co-ordination, learning more about the wine-making process, and visiting impressive chateaus.

amsterdam 12. Do whatever it takes to get a good photo

Pictured: Amsterdam, the Netherlands. When I took this photo in Amsterdam I was being watched by countless passers-by who were laughing at me set up a tripod, put my camera onto self-timer, and run into frame (12 times) before I had a photo I liked. Who’s the one laughing at the end of the day when you have an amazing memory to look back on that would have otherwise been confined to my eyes and never shared with the world.

cesky krumlov 13. Swap big cities for small towns

Pictured: Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. After visiting the likes of Paris, Rome and Kiev on my first visit to Europe, I vouched to never again confine my visit to big cities – which after some time begin to blend into the same sort of experiences. Be brave and venture beyond the beaten path so you can discover hidden gems.

florence 14. Stop to just take it all in

Pictured: Florence, Italy. Sometimes we see something we think looks pretty, take a photo, and continue along on our day. Why not just stop for a moment to appreciate the view, think about where you are, and live in the moment.

ghent belgium 15. Don’t listen to the critics, go see for yourself

Pictured: Ghent, Belgium. When I asked a few friends who had travelled a lot around Europe whether I should visit Belgium and they all told me it was a boring country, I decided not to go. The next visit to Europe I decided that I still wanted to see the country so I went  and saw for myself — the results should speak for themselves.

london 16. Explore different neighbourhoods

Pictured: London, England. When I first visited London, I didn’t fall in love with the city. After telling people that I wasn’t fond of the city and seeing their stunned reactions, I decided to give it another chance. On my 2nd and 3rd visit to the city I stayed in different areas and found that it wasn’t London, it was the place I was staying initially. I’m now head over heels for the place!

amsterdam 17. Go to the same place at different times of the day

Pictured: Amsterdam, the Netherlands. If you visit a place you like to take photos, try re-visiting said place at a different time of day to see how this changes your photo. Here I re-visited the same bridge at sunset and achieved a much better photo later in the day.

copenhagen 18. Don’t let money be a factor

Pictured: Nyhaven, Copenhagen. I had always wanted to visit Denmark but had never put it on my agenda because I knew it was the most expensive city to visit in Europe. But when I finally decided to go anyway, I couldn’t have been more happy to be there. And yes, it was incredibly expensive!

venice 19. Explore before the city wakes up

Pictured: Venice, Italy. Wonder how I manage to capture many of my images without people in them? The early bird gets the worm!

brooke zagreb 20. Dress up every once in a while

Pictured: Zagreb, Croatia. Particularly when you are a long term traveller, it is easy to get into the habit of dressing down. While this is undeniably the best way to travel (the less time you spend getting ready the more time you have to explore), sometimes it is nice to dress up and feel like a local!

peles 21. No matter how remote it is, go anyway

Pictured: Peles Castle, Romania. For a long time Romania was a country I wanted to visit but after researching transportation to and from the country when in Europe, it always felt like it would be too much hassle to include into my itineraries. When I finally did decide to make room for it in my itinerary, I was blown away.

lisbon 22. If a destination is becoming popular, there’s a reason why!

Pictured: Lisbon, Portugal. When I heard that Lisbon was fast becoming a new European favourite, I knew I had to go in an effort to beat the rush. After visiting, I’m convinced this will soon become one of the most visited cities in Europe – it’s a must see!

walking brooke 23. Travel solo at least once in your lifetime

Pictured: Countryside in Ireland. While solo travel isn’t for everyone, it is certainly something you should aim to experience once in your life. Solo travel has helped me to grow as a person, learn to stand on my own two feet, and learn to love myself and my life.

Bern switzerland 24. Take the opportunity to meet new people

Pictured: Bern, Switzerland. When I visited Switzerland earlier this year I had an invite from two readers for them to show me around the capital, Bern. Although I hadn’t originally planned on visiting, as I was only a couple hours away by train I chose to do so. They turned out to be two of the most lovely girls I had met on my travels – and they even shouted me an ice cream!

bosnia 25. Step outside your comfort zone

Pictured: Bosnia & Herzegovina. When I told people I was travelling to Bosnia & Herzegovina, their reactions were one of confusion and sometimes concern. After visiting myself, I can honestly say there’s no country I have remembered more this year…. and I’m in a hurry to go back!

barcelona 26. Try Everything!

Pictured: Juices in Barcelona, Spain. Everything from food to experiences should be tried if it is unique to a particular country or different to anything you have tried before. The weirder the better – you will remember it that way!

berlin 27. Become a history geek

Pictured: Berlin, Germany. Learning the history behind a country or city you are visiting will undoubtedly enrich your experience there. My personal favourite cities to visit to engage my history geek (I can assure you I’m an huuuuuge history buff) have been Berlin, Krakow, Kiev, and St Petersburg.

buy something 28. Buy Souvenirs you will keep

Pictured: Venice, Italy. I gave up purchasing souvenirs a long time ago… it was a natural evolution given the collection of snowballs on my desk was overflowing. Now, if I like a city enough, I buy something I know I will keep. This photo shows my venetian hat purchased on a hot and sunny spring day in the city of canals!

laugh 29. Live each day like its your last

Pictured: Venice, Italy. Travel opens our minds and hearts to some of the most incredible moments of our lives… make the most of it so you can go home with memories to last a lifetime.

  brooke zagreb


Brooke is a 22 year old Australian who is travelling the world full time. Follow the journey on Instagram and Twitter.

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    Unbelievable post Brooke!

    Do check out our Top 20 Travel Experiences of 2014 as well!

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    Great blog!

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    September 21, 2014 at 7:50 am

    I just want to say that I went to Bosnia because of your blog and I didn’t regret it at all. It’s such an amazing place, and definetely a favorite!

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      September 21, 2014 at 7:54 am

      this makes me SO happy to read 🙂 🙂 🙂 I LOVE BOSNIA!

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    In number 26 (Try Everything!), i was expecting a scorpion cook or something hahaha
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    Oh my, so many wonderful words and ideas!
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    The Queen of Dreaming
    July 30, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Such an amazing post! I love it so much!!

    July 29, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Just wanted to point out that even though Denmark is expensive, Norway is even way more expensive. If you ever want to visit here, let me know and I will try to help you out! Love your blog. Melissa.

    July 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I agree with you on going to places you wouldn’t usually think of going. A few years back, I went with my then boyfriend (who became my fiance on the trip, and is now my husband) to London (staying with family in Marlow, near High Wycombe), then Paris (in Montmarte, because I had stayed there before and loved the feel of it), and then to Macedonia to meet his family. Macedonia was never a place I had considered visiting before I met him, and it was a truly beautiful place! We stayed mainly with his family in Bitola, but visited Ohrid – a majestic place! If you have the chance to visit, please do.

    Virginie @ Writer In Progress
    July 29, 2014 at 12:57 am

    You just made me want to go to Portugal!! I was giving it up since it’s farther but now I think I have to go 🙂
    I just came back from Africa as my first solo travel! It was so much fun! now I’m at Paris, and I think your tricks are great to think out of the box

    July 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Great article, thank you for sharing this

    Adrienne @ AdrienneAway
    July 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    These are amazing tips. Such a good post!

    July 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Great amazing tips with amazing lovely photos <3

    July 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Yay for Bosnia. I live there and have a travel and phtography blog with lots of destinations from this corner of Europe. If you like you can visit it here:

    Sara H-B
    July 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    #4 – NO DIET!! haha!! I always have the BEST of intentions to try to be healthy and eat in moderation whenever I go anywhere. I always, always FAIL. Food makes any travel experience so much more complete and there’s always something new to try. I have the most trouble in Italy, Turkey… and I drink ALL the wine in South Africa.

    July 27, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Great post! I feel reminded of some ways and inspired by others. Thank you. 🙂

    Helen G. Dickerson
    July 26, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    This is cool! I actually a lot of those when I travel and it really felt so amazing. A must read for travelers.

    July 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Soooo true! Don’t let anything hold you back while you travel – let yourself have the fullest experience or you will go home with regrets. Focus on the ‘now’ and say yes to experiences xxxx

    July 26, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Loving all the advice! 🙂 Inspires me to travel even more!

    July 26, 2014 at 12:08 am

    I am so in love with all your tips and articles! This one is pretty cool and useful 🙂

    July 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Brooke!
    I have nominated you for the “Inspirational Blog Award” via my little blog just something if you have time 🙂
    I love seeing your all travels and love your work!
    Tillie x

    July 25, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Hi Brooke, I’ve only just come across your blog and have to say (after having read back through a few old posts) that your writing is inspirational! At such a young age, you are opening people’s eyes to the wonderful world of travel. The maturity in your words is highly commendable and it truly reflects the depth of your experiences on this journey.

    Daisy xo

    July 25, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I understand how frustrating it could be to travel alone and not have someone to share such wonderful memories with but you truly do have one of the most amazing jobs !

    Good luck on future endeavors!


    July 24, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Very beautiful! I really love travelling although I don’t manage to do it that often.
    But your tips are great and i will keep them in mind while going away next time 😉
    Greets and love from Berlin ♥

    July 24, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Hey Brooke!

    I’m starting my solo traveling adventure next month! Great tips here! I was wondering if you could tell me how you pack? I am visiting 10 different countries (so far) with different cultural expectations as far as clothing goes, but I want to be semi fashionable and get great pictures! How do you manage to not wear the same thing every day?

    July 24, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Great list!

    July 24, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I’ve just discovered your blog and I love it 🙂 All your photos are ah-mazing!

    Michelle B
    July 23, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    Wonderful entry! I agree with number 12. They won’t see you again anyway! Haha Though I still feel weird taking pictures of food!

    July 23, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I have made a mental note of all these points as I’m going travelling in 6 weeks!! What tripod do you use!? I’m going to buy one before I go xxx

    July 23, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I’m leaving Melbourne in 6 weeks I made a mental note of all these points!!! What kind of tripod do you have?! I’m looking to buy one before I go.. xxx

    July 23, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Number 4 is a definite for me, travel or no travel…

    July 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    This was perfect!! It was the perfect read right before bed, such great inspiration. Now I can go to bed with happy thoughts and imagine beautiful cities around the world haha <3 Thank you so much for the great tips!
    XO Janina

    Betty J. Ogburn
    July 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    …All sound advice–after all, “carpe diem”, and all that jazz!!…

    Laura D.
    July 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Such great tips! I definitely agree with all of these. After just getting back from my first solo trip through Central Europe, I wish I could have read this article before leaving. Great advice!

    July 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Fantastic post Brooke. So many fantastic points there