There is one thing you will always get before travelling – advice. This comes from every person you share your plans with. Be it your friends, colleagues, your boss or a random guy on the same flight. You are bound to get confused with so much information that is mostly contradictory but rarely useful. You have to be sure about things before travelling and that includes your mind-set.
Don’t worry about all that noise. Just follow these simple tips that I am giving you. They will help you in all situations, no matter when or where you are travelling.
Never take decisions in a hurry as it will surely lead to regrets. Do not think about the things you cannot control. A late flight is not your mistake and you can’t blame anybody for a rainy day. Leave the worrying person behind if you want to have fun in your journey. Again, it’s highly toxic for the people travelling with you. It’s ok to be impatient sometimes but most of the times let situations decide your story.
Keep extra cash
You won’t realise the worth of having extra cash till you travel. Not all the places run on plastic money. You will face situations where hard cash saved you from starving. No hard cash sometimes means sky being your blanket for the night. Always put cash in different places or you would be left with nothing but sympathy in case of theft. Cash runs the cities and it’s better to know it beforehand.
If you do not interact with the locals you will lose the opportunity to know the place better. As a tourist, you don’t just have to focus on taking memorable pictures. You actually need to create memories- real memories with real people.
Do not try to avoid locals for the sake of security. You will meet the most amazing people of your life if you just open up. Of course, there can be people who are not welcoming but almost all of them love to share their knowledge with the travellers. Try to reach them in crowded places as there can be a risk of theft or even assault in secluded places.
Take it slow
Do not try to travel to as many locations as you can. Instead, plan an itinerary that helps you in going to places that you ‘really’ want to travel to. Also, you should leave some extra time for contingencies. Flights can be delayed, weather could be bad- there could be any reason because of which you may not reach on time. I suggest you to take it slow. A weekend trip or even a week-long vacation cannot make you live the true essence of a country- no matter how hard you try. So, take it slow and easy. Focus on one experience at a time.
Travel insurance is necessary. Period. You never know if you will get injured, robbed or get stuck in any harsh condition. Always insure your travel to handle huge hospital bills or stolen equipment. Things can become tragic even in the shortest travel journeys.
These are my top tips for travelling but there are plenty more things you will earn on your own voyage. Be safe, be smart and make your travel days count.