Whenever you chose to take a vacation, and travel to a distant county you should equip yourself not only with essential stuff like clothes and money but also with some traveling wisdom. Many travelers ruin their experience by spending all of their traveling money in first few days. But money isn’t everything that you can lose, your time count as well. Here are some essential tips for beginners that will make your vacation memorable.
Bring Only the Essential Stuff
Your tourist baggage should be light and filled only with the important stuff. This includes clothes, documentation, traveling papers, some money and let’s not forget a camera. Find out online or via your traveling agency what kind of weather you can expect in that country. This way you will avoid back-breaking pain caused by carrying overweight luggage.
Back Up your Information
When I lost my laptop on vacation in Shanghai, I literally had to work double hours when I came back to my hometown. All my work, including a two months marketing data, was lost. So make sure that you either back up your data or don’t bother bringing your laptop on vacation. Believe me; this is for your own good. You’ll be thanking me if you get your laptop and all the valuable data on it lost or stolen.
Make Lots and Lots of Photos
Everything you do on your vacation, you should document. And what better way to make a moment last eternally than to take a picture. So bring your camera everywhere, and I mean everywhere you go. Take photos of every step you make, and you will always have a gallery of memories to look upon when you go back home. Even if it’s at the cost of making yourself look like the biggest tourist with that camera hanging around your neck. Get a lens for every type of light, and heck, while you at it get a fully waterproof camera. This way you won’t have an excuse for not making a photo in certain situations.
Make Sure to Smile
If you have a problem of meeting other people, talking to strangers or even starting a conversation just start with a big smile and a magic word-Hello! By showing the other person that you are willing to communicate with such big smile, you increase your chances of making a new friend, lover or a business associate.
Keep your Opinion to Yourself
Remember that you are on your vacation to experience and learn new stuff by interacting with the locals. So if you have an attitude towards this or that or consider certain stereotypical behaviors are insulting to your own, keep your opinion to yourself. You are there to learn about their lifestyle, their tradition and their way of living and dealing with everyday stuff. And the more you express your negative thoughts about their lifestyle, the less information you will get from them about it.
Visiting distant countries, learning about other people’s traditions and their way of living can be a life-changing experience. And this is why we try to spice things up in our life by traveling to exotic places. Whenever you feel that your life and things that you do start to become monotonous, try traveling and meeting other people. This will definitely lift your spirits and recharge your batteries. But what can you do to make that experience even more profound? Here are some traveling tips that will most likely save you money, keep you safe, and help you make the most of your vacation.
Be positive no Matter what
Remember that you took your vacation to make you feel better. So forget about the stress caused by all those micro-aggression-generating situations that you might pick up along the line. Missed a bus? Another one will come, take your time to explore the surrounding while you’re waiting for the next ride. Even better, walk down to your designated destination and meet random people along the way. As a tourist, you will have all kind of questions in your disposal as a mean to start a conversation. You never know when you will find the love of your life or a true friend and negative thinking is well known as a conversation killer.
Start Your Day Early
No matter how tired you are, you should make the most of your day. Had a long and exciting night in a club last night and you just can’t make yourself get up and start your day? No problem, get a big cup of coffee followed by a healthy breakfast accompanied with a glass of cold orange juice. That should refresh your body and get your ready for new adventures. You’re there only for a week or a month, so every day counts. And this is exactly what your state of mind should be when you’re in an exotic country that you’ve always wanted to visit.
Don’t go hard on yourself
As a tourist wanting to experience new stuff and try everything and anything that your new temporary location has to offer, you’re bound to make mistakes and make a fool out of you. So if, or rather when that happens, don’t be embarrassed. Laugh at yourself and improve your ability to take jokes on yourself. This way you will make a potentially awkward situation into a fun, and memorable one and everyone around you will be affected by your positive attitude.
Secure your Finances
Find the best spot in your apartment for a stash intended for extra cash. Never, under any circumstances should you bring all your money with you when exploring an unknown city. Tourists are number one target for thieves and burglars. By securing your money in a stash which location is known only to you, you will secure your finances.
Meet the Locals
Find all about their tradition, philosophy on life itself and how they deal with everyday problems by talking to locals. Who knows what earth-shattering information you might stumble upon while talking to them.