The Travel Mindset And Advice from Professional Travellers
Here is some great general thoughts on travel we got from our partners, as well as some advice from our well experienced Facebook community. We thought we would share some of the ideas that people had around traveling, advice and the travel mindset.
From Our Friends
1. Learn bits of the local language; You don’t need to be fluent, but even saying “hello”, “thank you” or “beer please” in the local lingo will make your first time in a country all the more smoother. Not only will you get increased goodwill from the locals for trying, your attempt will almost always be emphatically laughed at due to your mispronunciation and accent meaning you will have the currency that’s richer than them all – laughter.
2. Check out some local events; Before heading on the train, plane or bus to the next place, have a quick search on the internet for local events/pop-ups in the city. This is where all the locals will be so you can experience the local culture more and it’s these one-off off-the-radar events that will live long in the memory.Ben Lee, Ever Thought Of Trying
Chat to the locals and make friends along the way; Be polite and attempt a few simple phrases in their language. It’s amazing how far a hello, please and thank you in any language can get you. Almost every time they will speak back to you in English but at least it shows you made an effort and respect their culture and language. They might laugh but they will appreciate the fact you tried. Pack light; How many pairs of shoes do you really need and are you actually going to wear those heels in the cobblestones? At the end of the day everything is replaceable, except your passport – guard that with your life. Buy proper travel insurance; You never know when you will need it and there is nothing worse than being in a hospital and realizing that you aren’t covered. Accidents can and do happen so read the fine print.
Try new things; Travelling can bring out the best in people and inspire you to do things you never thought you would do. I never thought I would jump out of a helicopter, but skydiving in the Swiss Alps was one of the best things I have ever done. Step outside your comfort zone and appreciate every single second. Take it all in.Amy Elise, Topdeck Travel
Pack light, you don’t need that 3rd pairs of shoes.
Save hard, that extra shift will probably pay for something you’ll tell your grandkids about.
Embrace the unknown, talk to everyone, forget your prejudices and open your mind to the world, as every new experience will change you for the better no matter how crazy or scary it seems.Trent Ford, ThaIntro / Balintro
From our Facebook Community
Wear comfortable shoes, pack lightly, bring medicines for headache, fever or pain reliever meds.. then remind yourself to be friendly with the locals.
Try new things and activities. Step out of your comfort zone. Taste new foods. Try to learn the language, even if it’s only ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Talk to locals and your fellow travelers. Take time to sit and take it in, look, listen, smell. See how other people live. Leave the mobile in your bag, ignore your emails. By all means take some photos but don’t experience somewhere just through a lens. Learn something about the place you are visiting, find out why it is the way it is. Experience it your way, whether it’s visiting museums, shopping in the local market or chilling on a beach. There is no ‘right way’ to travel 🙂
Wheels on your luggage is a must, and don’t pack too much. Layers is the key.
Dont take yourself or anything too serious. Just have fun and enjoy your life! Than you will make some new friends for sure! 🙂
I always plan ahead to bring small gifts from my country to those where I am visiting. Be an ambassador for your country. Make friends. Try new things. If you have too many souvenirs, leave your clothes behind as a gift.
Taste, experience, do local, look, listen, smell, sit, watch. Learning “please” and “thank you” are great words in a different language.
Read up about your destination before you go so that you have a rough idea of what to expect, especially transport links. Pack light – take coloured pencils and colouring books to give to children. Take non-white underwear and T-shirts you can give away before you come home. Eat local food, take local transport, meet local people and find out how they live.
Pack lightly. You can always find a laundrette and hand wash underwear!
Use rucksack that you can put on your back. The lack of lifts and the size of them across Europe makes it difficult lugging suitcases up stairs!
Take a suitcase with four wheels as the train is not wide and you have to wheel it close to your seat sideways.
Have two different money sources ie credit card and a debit card do not keep them in the same place. Keep a photocopy of your passport.
Keep a diary, of where you go and what you see, helps when back home and sharing photos. Always research your next destination and abide by their customs. Talk to the locals, be nice I find if you give a smile you always get one back.
If u can’t live without something, take it with you. But, make sure you try the local cuisine. You will never be able to order or make authentic food when you get back home. And don’t be silly; take Imodium w you no matter where u r going. Nobody got time for dat.
My rule is that I never take something that would devastate me if I couldn’t bring it home. No engagement ring, favourite shirt, 800 dollar glasses.. I only take stuff that can be replaced or that I wouldn’t miss if it got ruined or stolen.
Summary and Well Wishes
Going traveling can be exciting, nerve-racking, sometimes even plain scary, but most of all, it is to be enjoyed. While we have tried to cover the most important preparations for travel in this document, there is an infinite amount of other information out there on every style and type of travel that exists – we have tried to boil it down to these key elements you see above, that we feel will have the most positive effect on your adventures.
The world is full of good people, there is things that will happen that may set you back slightly, and there is always a new adventure around the corner.
Look after yourself, also look after others, enjoy the road, and safe travels.
The TourRadar Team
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