Traveling is something that some of my friends is hesitant to do. The usual alibi is, “it’s expensive”, “it’s time consuming”, “it’s scary” so on and so forth.
I couldn’t really think of when was my wanderlust began. Right now, all I know is I LOOOOOVEEE bus rides, seeing new places, chasing sunsets and sunrises, breathing in new a “kind” of air, experiencing new cultures and leaving a footprint to places where I thought I’d only see on maps.
I think everyone must travel. When you do so, you get to see the other side of the world (consider that literally and metaphorically). When you travel, you experience life in different perspectives and you realize that the world actually much bigger than you think. You’ll get to see the world beyond your screen (you know what I mean).
I fairly understand that traveling cost money and traveling mistake costs more. So here are a few tips from my own traveling mistakes. Ha ha ha.
Research the crime rate on places where you intended to go. You’ll come into your senses which of which is red flagged
- To save time, plan where you’re going and allocate time. Though, I’m telling you, the little wrong turns are fun!
- Research about the weather specifically for those days of your stay. Just so you know what kind of clothing to bring along
- Download maps for offline use (some areas don’t have Internet signal) or better yet, bring an actual map
- Book plane and hotel accommodate ahead of time — they’ll cost you cheaper
- On Day 1, book only one day worth of hotel accommodation. You never know, you might not like the place. Some hotels don’t do refund.
- Carry “emergency” cash. Some third-world places don’t have ATM machines
- Make sure to have extra battery or “power bank”. Some places don’t have electricity while some have rationed their power supplies
- Bring resealable bags babe, they’re life saver
- Make sure you have contact information of your love ones just in case you need help
- Trust your instincts. If your gut says that stranger or place is something fishy, then stay away