THERE’S an art to travelling well. Some little secrets you learn on the way, like making sure you find a map at the airport before you leave and always throwing spare plastic bags into your suitcase for dirty clothes.
THE ESSENTIALS AND THE ADVICE:
1: Wash your clothes in the sink / shower. Use the hotel soap. Or take a little traveller sized bottle of laundry detergent with you.
2: Keep an emergency stash of money. If you lose your wallet you will still need to eat.
3: Roll your clothes when packing. No creases and more clothes fit into your suitcase.
4: Always keep a stash of spare plastic bags for dirty clothes / shoes. Smelly socks will make your clean clothes stink. Always.
5: Learn how to swim. You never know when you might need to on the spur of the moment.
6: You do not need to take 20kg for a week of travel. You CAN wear trousers two days in a row or more. The less you have to carry, the happier you will be travelling.
7: Save your phone charge for when you really need it.
8: There is nothing more annoying on holidays than spending hours on the phone to the bank back home.SAVE MONEY!
9: Be prepared to sleep anywhere. Ear plugs and eye patches will help block out the light.
10: Learn basic first aid. This is just a great life skill, if nothing else.
11: Use public transport. It’s fast. It’s easy, it’s cheaper and it will give you a better travel experience.
12: Buy and wear good walking shoes.
13: Ask the locals for advice, tips.
14: Learn how to use a compass.
15: Know the local road rules.
And be respectful.
That’s a lot to remember but it can make your travel great and ENJOY THE RIDE.
By HARSHVARDHAN SINGH.