When going on a vacation, it’s very easy to fall into the ‘typical vacation’ cliche. Vacations are supposed to be exciting and unforgettable and it’s hard to accomplish that if you’re just doing what everyone else does on vacation. Luckily, there are ways to step your vacation game up. Here are five exciting ways to make your vacation better.

1. Travel Alone

Going on an vacation by yourself is pretty underrated. A lot of people prefer to share this experience with their loved ones. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it can also be a bit of hindrance when it comes to enjoying your vacation to the maximum degree. When you travel alone, you are beholden to absolutely no one but yourself. This is very liberating and you can do whatever you want to do. Indulge in whatever you want to indulge in, as long as it’s legal of course.

2. Converse With the Locals

Too many people go to another country and don’t even bother learning the language. Instead sticking to the tourist locations, where everyone is bound to speak English, go a little further into the city and try to interact with the average local citizen. Learn a few key phrases and see how far you can get in the conversation.

5 Exciting Ways To Up Your Vacation Game

3. Don’t Stick to the Big City

As the previous tip mentioned, a lot of people enjoy the hustle and bustle of staying right in the middle of the city. However, you can get a lot more of the local flavor if you try to do something a bit more modest. For instance, if you’re taking a trip to Colorado, rent a vacation cabin in Colorado instead of renting a hotel room right in the middle of the big city.

4. Try Something New

This can be anything. Is there an interesting food combination that you’ve never experienced? Try it. Is there a cool sport that the city is known for? Play a game. Going on vacation is all about getting out and trying new things. Everyone can take a picture of a popular landmark, that isn’t terribly exciting. However, going surfing and indulging yourself in the local cuisine can be.

5. Ditch the Electronics

Your smartphone is going to be a constant reminder that you have responsibilities. When you’re on vacation, live your life as carefree as you can. Don’t read any work emails until later in the day. When you’re on vacation, you want to be as “in the moment” as you possibly can.

All in all, there are many different ways to make your vacation and exciting one to never forget. It’s all about being daring and doing something different. Everyone can take a picture of the Eiffel Tower, do something that’s less cliche that is even more memorable and exciting. Next time you feel the need to travel avoid the boring old tourist spots and crowded attractions go seek out new adventures, take a walk on the wild side and create a memory that you and your family or friends will never forget.