Being subjected to culture, which does not have the slightest semblance to what your everyday life is, can be unnerving. Subjecting your palate to tastes which you have hitherto never tried can be uncomfortable.
Surprises can be very good but they are, for the most part, unpleasant. If you want to make the most of your every journey, you have to be prepared to be pulled out of your comfort zone, you have to be prepared to part ways with the familiar and you have to be prepared to embrace the bizarre, the unheard of and even the often avoided.
Traveling means not only preparing your budget, clothes and other essentials; it also means preparing your mind to be open to the infinite possibilities you might and will encounter on the road.
Always think for yourself
Do not just go with the flow, you should learn to think for yourself. Never let anyone make choices for you, be it which food to order on the menu, or which bus to take to your destination. Just because somebody said something does not taste particularly good should not stop you from trying it and finding out for yourself. We live in a world where everybody is expected to conform but how can you express what you truly feel and how can you discover who you truly are if you keep suppressing yourself?
If you do happen not to love that food which everyone so disliked, the upside is you never have to eat it ever again but you can’t really know you won’t like it unless you try.
Do not let other people’s experiences define or dictate yours
If you are a traveler you will inevitably come across that person who has nothing but bad things to say about a place. The food? Rubbish. The people? Rude. The sights? Nothing incredible. To sum it all up in one word, mundane. Some people happen to enjoy some places while others absolutely abhor them. Just because a friend has had some unsavory experience in India does not mean that the same thing will happen to you. He might hate Rajasthan but you might happen to enjoy it immensely.
You can never be prepared enough
When you are prepared, you have better chances of enjoying your trip because there are fewer things you need to worry about. Forgetting something essential for your trip will put you through a lot of unnecessary stress and it will prevent you from focusing on the experience of a lifetime.
In case you do forget something, there is no reason to panic. Usually you will be able to buy essentials wherever you are. It might be a little different from what you are used to but you shouldn’t sweat the small things
Keep an open mind when you travel and you will open yourself to all the good things the universe has to offer.