Having enough money to travel is a matter of priorities. Do you want a late-model car, or a trip to Brazil? Would you rather hit the mall twice a month or walk on the Great Wall of China? Live in a trendy neighborhood or explore the markets of Indonesia? No matter how poor you think you are, you can save up and take an amazing adventure to the destination of your choice. The trick is to make saving money painless and easy. Establish a system for saving, and you won’t have to agonize over simple money decisions.
Whether you’re a hard-core backpacker, a duffle queen or a bag-rolling traveler, you’ll need to slim down your stash of personal items when you head out for a day of sightseeing and adventures. Bring too much, and you’ll be worn out by lunchtime with all the excess poundage; bring too little and you risk getting cold, hungry or sunburned – while your jacket, snacks and sunblock sit unused back in the room. Continue reading →
Life is not about sailing through our days without ever a stumble or fall, but rather it is about experiencing those mishaps with a smile, and maybe even a laugh, before picking yourself up from the dirt, dusting off your pants and moving forward to your next adventure.
The worst travel experiences sometimes make the best stories; here are ten travel mistakes that you might want to try. Continue reading →
Want to lose friends and alienate people as you travel the world? Here’s how:
Pack your bag so heavy that you cannot lift it. When faced with stairs, a boat, or a walk longer than five feet, sheepishly smile at the bigger, stronger members of your group who foolishly thought that by packing light they would be traveling light as well.
Be the last one of your group every single time. Boarding the bus, deciding what dessert to order, shopping for scarves; no matter the situation, you are bringing up the rear.
Ask questions that have just been answered but you didn’t hear because you weren’t paying attention. Ex: after your guide’s thirty minute rundown on Egyptian hieroglyphics, ask: now, what kind of writing is this?
Always have something negative to say.
Refuse to learn even simple phrases in your host country’s language; instead just speak your native tongue ONLY LOUDER!
When your whole group is madly hung over and posted up waiting for transportation at 6AM, arrive singing and making loud declarative statements like this: “Aren’t we lucky it’s raining?”
Don’t say people’s names: SHOUT them, especially in closed quarters like an overnight train or in the back of a bus.
Are you the oldest in the group? Act like everyone’s father or mother. The youngest? Might as well act like a five year old.
Do not go to the restroom when you have the chance. Wait a half hour, and then insist that everyone stop again so you can relieve yourself.
In a shared-room situation, while your roommate is at the beach, take the only key to your room and go hiking for four to five hours. Tell no one where you are going.
Basically, to be the most annoying person in your tour group, you must act like you are the very most important person not only in your group, but in the entire world as well.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
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