It’s always interesting flowing back into the more nebulous, impermanent lifestyle of a traveler after having a home-base for several months.

As a rule I tend not to do list posts, but this seemed like an important and timely one, as I’ve recently become homeless again and am vagabonding my way around New Zealand for a few more weeks.

So when you’re traveling, do this stuff every single time you get the opportunity:

Brush your teeth
Meet someone new
Use the toilet
Hug someone
Get a massage
Go where the locals go
Wash your clothes
Just sit and watch/listen
Eat a healthy meal
Leave a place better than you found it
Sit quietly and think
Do something ridiculous
Take someone out for coffee
Listen to unfamiliar music
Check out a gallery or museum
Surprise yourself
Take photographs from the hip
Read the local newspaper
Listen to a stranger’s stories

Trust me, do these things and you’ll get a lot more out of the experience, suffer a lot less stress, and not come across as a typical (smelly) traveler quite so often.

Update: December 22, 2016

That trip around New Zealand was wonderful. I’m very fortunate to find (and to have found) people who want to go adventuring with me fairly regularly, despite it sometimes being a crazy thing to do.