In each installment of the Uproxx Travel Guide, we ask some of our favorite professional travelers to answer one travel question — then share their best advice with you. From informational, to inspirational, to entertaining, our aim is to incite your wanderlust and provide bite-size takeaways you can put to use on your own adventures.
This Week’s Question: In an age when finding “off the beaten path” experiences is harder than ever, how do you chase experiences that don’t feel canned? How do you “seek the unique,” so to speak?
Marko & Alex Ayling
A (Marko): I always say that the modern traveler’s challenge is how to get lost in the era of Google Maps! How do you find something novel in a time when terra incognito has all but disappeared? And with the advent of VR Tourism, we’re going to be able to teleport our eyes and ears to places like the Taj Mahal or the Great Wall of China in a matter of seconds.
First, we must recognize that the most-viewed sites are not necessarily the best, and that travel is not about checking heritage sites off your list as if you were shopping at the super market. It’s about getting out of your comfort zone, about doing something new and trying something that scares you. It’s about listening. It’s about exchanging perspectives between you and the people you meet. Truth is, you don’t have to leave your city to do that, but traveling to the other side of the world is sure to shake things up for you.
Secondly, I encourage people to follow their passions. Go to the places that interest you. If everyone’s interests are different, then so are everyone’s travels. People get stuck on the beaten path when they don’t use enough imagination to think up a better idea. So, be passionate and inventive.