Travel is one of the best ways to experience the world. They say travelling the world is akin to living several lifetimes. While most people aren’t pro travelers but one definitely learns with experience.
You make loads of mistakes in fact each escapade is a learning in its own self. Travel can’t be mastered it’s an ongoing process that comes from missing busses, ignorance about cultures, rituals and countless tiny errors. So, while you keep learning from your journeys,
here is a small effort to help others by sharing tips that I learnt along my way.
Three tips to help you survive long travel journeys
The recent advances in communication and transportation technologies have even made long-distance travels more comfortable and less tiresome.
Some people crave such experiences, while some would rather stay home than have to endure that 16-hour flight, or the day-long drive across the country. The difference between these two types of people is often their ability to prepare for such journeys. If you struggle to enjoy such long trips, here are a few crucial tips.
Packing is one of those tedious but necessary elements of any journey. It seems simple enough, but packing well can make or break one’s journey. You don’t want to arrive at the beach only to find that you don’t have a swimming costume with you. Imagine going on a camping trip only to find that there were no batteries packed, or matches for the all-important campfire. It is therefore important to pack well and pack early.
The secret to doing this is to have a checklist prepared. Go through the activities planned for the whole trip and make sure to be well prepared for each thing. Avoid the last-minute rush as it is where most people forget important additions.
Why not pack a bag specifically for the journey to your destination? Think hand luggage on planes, but apply it to whatever mode of travel you’re taking. Pack plenty of snacks if you’re in the car; an audiobook does wonders to pass the time if you’re short on space. Going via ferry? Have a hoodie at hand to stay warm – even when the sun’s shining, it’ll be cold on deck!
Research and Prepare
Spontaneous trips are fun, but there is still no excuse to go to places without planning well. This is especially the case for long-distance destinations. It is important to learn as much as possible about where you’re going. Look at the available hotels, learn about their food and practice some of the local lingo – pleases and thank yous really make a difference, and this is the perfect way to pass time while you’re travelling to your destination. Also check out the general culture, the dos, the don’ts and the expectations.
Before you set off, make sure all devices are fully charged and that there is a backup. Chargers and power banks come in handy during long journeys for those who can’t keep away from their phones and laptops. Stock up on snacks and drinks, especially water and lots of games, especially for the kids.
Always expect the best but be ready for the worst. It is essential that at least one trusted person knows where you are at all times. Also, keep your emergency numbers handy in case of any problems such as your car breaking down. This is especially important if you’re travelling with kids! Ensure you have all your medication packed where necessary and that you have taken the required travel vaccinations.
These tips might seem like a handful but they are completely necessary. Following them ensures a smooth enough journey and an enjoyable visit to whatever destination you’ve chosen. Happy holidays!
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