The world can be a great teacher to those who are willing to explore it.
Many of us see travelling as something hard, as an excuse to stick to their comfort zone. But the reality is that, travelling is one of the most fundamental reason in every human’s psychological and natural growth. That’s why at particular and diverse seasons, birds migrate from one place to another, the same with wildebeests and other animals.
I believe each one of us shares the same instinct as every other species in relationship to our natural world. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Asia, or Africa, or America, or Europe, or whichever part of the world you come from, you reserve the right to go anywhere!
Sometimes travelling can be a bit tricky or even more, frustrating, without the right guidance. Today I have decided to compile for you a few travelling tips that will make your next travel even more memorable.
1. Wake Up Early
The first and foremost thing to do while travelling is to wake up early. Wake up early before the sunrise and experience the amazing feeling of a new day in a foreign land. Plus it is a great timing for sighting the golden and silver morning when the sun begins to expose its first rays. Waking up early also helps you get spectacular photos due to the soft diffused light in the morning.
Life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it, the better. – Simon Raven
2. Observe The Life Around You
Spend a few hours of your time and observe the things that are happening around you. Sit at the park or maybe anywhere you feel comfortable, slow down your mind and see how other people interact with each other as they go about their daily business. The great experience you gain here is much like meditation.
Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime. – Mark Twain
3. Read About Your Destination
Setting up a foundation before doing a particular activity is very essential. Before you travel some place new, try to read a few books about your destination’s history, culture and lifestyle, the moment you land on your destination you will be having a little knowledge about that place. Consider this as your foundation for the entire travelling experience.
With age, comes wisdom. With travel, comes understanding. – Sandra Lake
4. Learn A Few Foreign Words
There’s nothing more fascinating than learning a new language. Words or phrases like; “Hello!”, “Good morning!”, “How are you?”, “Thank you!”, “Excuse me!”, “Sorry!” are among the few you can decide to learn. You don’t need to have an entire library of foreign words to travel, but only a few words can make a fine start.
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. – Anita Desai
5. Try Eating Local Food
Eating local food helps save money. Plus you get to taste something new and different. However, if you feel somewhat uncomfortable with the local food you can opt for 3-star or 5-star restaurants. But why should you travel somewhere far from home and never even taste something local. Next time try it, at least once in a while.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. – James Michener
6. Avoid Expensive Hotels
There’s no need to stay at an expensive hotel while travelling. There are many ways to save your thousands of cash by booking budget-friendly hotels, guest houses, hostels or even stay at a friend’s home, only if they are near your destination. However, all of this depends on your wallet and preferences.
There is no moment of delight in any pilgrimage like the beginning of it. – Charles Dudley Warner
7. Try Something New
If you want to enjoy your next adventure then you have to try something you have never done before. Go hiking, experience scuba diving, swim as much as you can breath or camp in the wild. Eat what you have never eaten before. Learn a new accent. Travelling is always about having a different experience from the one you’re accustomed to. Don’t be afraid to start something new.
What you have done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s mind. When you’re travelling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. – William Least Heat Moon
8. Carry Important Stuff And Gadgets
Don’t leave that safety gear at home, there are lots of things that come in handy when travelling. Things like scarf for protecting you against dust, power bank for recharging your phone or laptop, external hard drive for backing up your files, filtered water bottle for drinking clean water, hand gel to keep you safe from germs. And your important travelling documents, including your health documents.
When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. – Susan Heller
9. Carry A Few Passport Photos
Carrying extra passport photos in a foreign country is a very important thing to consider, because at times you might find it hard to get a place that shoot passport photos, when confronted by scrutinising authorities. When you are leaving your home for travel, make sure to carry at least 10 to 15 passport photos.
We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost. – Ray Bradbury
10. Carry An Extra Electronic Card
Sometimes getting stuck in some place far away from home without access to money can be so frustrating. There might be some obvious reasons that we always have a high possibilities of losing things, especially when we are far from home, maybe it’s because you forgot your wallet somewhere you don’t remember, maybe your card gets frozen or maybe it was stolen, this can ruin your entire travel. So, I’d recommend carrying an extra ATM card during your next travel and keep it separate from your wallet. In case you lose one card, you have another for backup.
I travel because it makes me realise how much I haven’t seen, how much I’m not going to see, and how much I still need to see. – Carew Papritz
11. Take A Lot Travelling Photos
The greatest souvenirs in travelling are photographs. Always remember, the places you visit today you might never visit them again for the rest of your lifetime. Enjoy snapshots and selfies. Take as much photos as you can and leave only footprints as you walk away.
Take only memories, leave only footprints. – Chief Seattle
12. Write Down The Address Of Your Hotel
While travelling some place different, a lot of things can happen, bad or good, you just never know. Sometimes your phone’s battery might end up off for one reason or the other. And what if it happens that you didn’t write down your hotel address, it will be frustrating trying to get back where you came from. The next time you travel make sure to write down your hotel address, it will save you the trouble of wandering in a foreign city.
Travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – Aldous Huxley
13. Write Down Important Emergence Hotlines
Safety is the most important thing to consider when travelling to a new place. Write down important hotlines, in case of any emergence you might reach them out. This includes health, security and maybe your embassy’s hotlines.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I – I took the one less travelled by. – Robert Frost
14. Take Things Slow
They say if you want to enjoy peanuts, eat one at a time. This also applies to travelling, take your time to explore the richness of your adventure. Engage with people and you will learn a lot of things you have never known before.
Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the trip. – Babs Hoffman
15. Book Cheapest Flights
Flying is the most expensive mode of transport and can be a bit devastating for people who want to travel but can’t afford the fares. However, never let that be the obstacle blocking you from fulfilling your wanderlust dreams. Book flight tickets about 2 to 3 months before your next flight, it is a lot cheaper. Watch for cheap flight deals as well.
You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor
16. Carry Extra Cash For Emergence
Carrying extra cash helps you face certain circumstances when you find yourself in a troublesome situation. You might have lost your smartphone, electronic card or even your wallet. I recommend you carry extra cash during your next travel and keep it separate from your wallet. It could be in your socks or whatever place you feel comfortable with.
Travelling tends to magnify all human emotions. – Peter Hoeg
17. Frequently Backup Your Files
Losing your files just because someone stole your smartphone or laptop, or maybe you lost your priceless photos because your smartphone was infested by a virus can be a very devastating experience. That’s why it is very important to bring your portable external hard drive to back up your files frequently.
Better to see something once than hear about it a thousand times. – Asian proverb
18. Make Friends With Locals
Interacting with locals helps us know a lot about a certain place. You might think of stopping by to ask for direction, or ask how this or that is done. Join a group of local buddies and take a group selfie. Be kind to strangers and don’t decline if they invite you to some place that can add value to your adventure.
A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. – Tim Cahill
19. Keep In Touch With Loved Ones
Travelling helps strengthen relationships and meeting new people. While most people you meet during your travel are temporary, it is very important to stay connected with people who are close to you. Send them those amazing photos you take while trekking the world, inform them how it feels like to eat local cuisines or riding an ostrich.
A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Don’t wait for the right time to travel, this might be your opportunity to start travelling and explore the world. A lot of things happen that keep us away from reaching out our wanderlust dreams, you don’t have to travel thousands of miles away if you don’t have enough cash. You can still enjoy out of the much that you have, visit that closest neighbouring city, or maybe that neighbouring country and I’m sure you’ll get the wildest experience.
What has been your most fascinating travelling experience? What are some of your travelling tips you’d like to share? Drop them down in the comment box below. We’d love to hear from you.