People who have never traveled abroad often wonder what their first experience will be like. Will it be as great as they imagine? What kind of problems will they encounter? And if they do, will they be able to deal with them?
If you’re looking for some answers, look no further. Here are three of the most important travel tips you can ever find.
When it comes to safety in travel, there are different areas we can look into. One of the most important ones is the protection of your personal data and financial information. The last thing you want is to have someone steal your credit card, use it, and leave you broke in a foreign country. Even if you can somehow manage to contact your bank or card provider, the damage has already been done. Whether you lose money or not, it is still an inconvenience.
Luckily, most financial institutions, travel agencies, ticket reservation booths, and independent booking sites are well protected with incident response security systems like ServiceNow and others to ensure your information remains confidential and adequately guarded. But this doesn’t mean you should take your chances.
When shopping overseas or in a place you don’t know, pay in cash if possible. If you want to buy something from a place you don’t trust, and they only take credit cards, don’t do it. Whatever it is you desire is not worth the risk.
The same goes for where you stay. Of course, few things are more exciting than the thrill of adventure, meeting new people, and staying in a hostel for the first time. Still, common sense should always prevail, especially when it comes to who you give your personal information to.
Try New Things
One of the most interesting aspects of East Asian cultures like Japan and China is the nationalistic fervor towards their own cuisine. Both Japanese and Chinese people love traveling overseas. As a matter of fact, Chinese tourists account for the largest number of travelers every year, both domestically and overseas.
Yet, when it comes to their food, they would much rather eat what they know and taste what is familiar to their palates. Japanese people will try to eat Japanese food no matter the country where they are in. It is the same for their Chinese neighbors. They can be standing right in front of a pizzeria in Milan and still walk into the local Kung Pao chicken shop.
It is in no way an attack on their culture. Everybody deserves to be respected for their personal choices. To each his own, as they say. Even so, if you are an American citizen and love eating breakfast at McDonald’s, is it really worth it to travel all the way to South Africa and do the same?
Variety is the spice of life. The beauty of travel lies in discovery and confirmation. You discover new things when you visit new places and either confirm or disprove the prior notions you had of them. Otherwise, you could watch a movie or read a book and save yourself the time and money.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is 43 years old. On Sunday, February 7th, 2021, he will be attempting to win his seventh Superbowl title. It will be the 10th time he plays in the big game.
In a sport as physically brutal as football, how come a middle-aged man who is not the strongest nor the fastest has managed to remain elite, let alone injury free? For those unfamiliar with his patented TB12 method, the answer lies in pliability, a balance between being flexible and being loose.
When you travel, things often don’t go according to plan. You might miss your flight, check into the wrong hotel, get lost while on a jungle walk, or get bitten by a spider. But unless you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, you should roll with the punches, remain calm, pop out a smile, and find a solution.
If you planned to visit the Great Pyramids of Egypt, but you find yourself on the back of a camel in the middle of nowhere, take it in stride. Remember, dealing with unpredictable events is part of the adventure itself. Not only that, but it will also help you grow as an individual and learn valuable skills such as self-reliance, decision-making, time management, and leadership under crisis.
Traveling is one of the greatest pleasures you will find in life. Visiting another country or even another city is a breath of fresh air, a chance to explore and get to know others as well as yourself.
If you want to make your next trip your best, take good care of yourself, try out different things, and remain flexible at all times.