Adventures captivated me as a child and instilled in me the desire to explore and connect with different people and places. To me, an adventure represents a small piece that paves the road to my life journey.
Maybe you've felt this way before: you've traveled all over the United States visiting relatives but you have not been outside of the country. You're not alone in feeling this way. While researching Why more Americans don't travel abroad I found that of the 318,857,056 plus Americans only about 30 percent have passports.
While reading A TRAVELER’S MANIFESTO: TRAVEL RULES TO LIVE BY I got inspired to share the ways that travel can be a life-changing thing. If you have even the slightest inclination to travel then I suggest you plan your itinerary already. Travel can be not only monumental experience thanks to the destination, it can also help you better understand yourself.
Top tips for being a savvy traveler, wherever your destination may be.
1. Stay connected with your social networks at home. This is important. As much as it feels like you can just slip away into another land and go "offline," this is a mistake. Your personal and professional brand will suffer if you neglect staying up to date.
2. Splurge on safety. There are certainly places to save on the duration of your trip but safety is not one of them. Be aware of your surroundings and do everything in your power to be safe.
3. Be prepared financially. You never know when wanderlust will strike. It is best to be stashing away a portion of your income, even if it is just 20 dollars a month. Trust me, this will make a huge difference when it comes time to prepare for your excursion.
4. Dress like a local. As a form of respect, get on the same level as the locals. Do not flaunt your status. You will have higher success at connecting with the individuals and their culture if you approach them with a familiar first impression.
5. Have easy access to your documents at all times. You never know when you will need your passport, credit card, cash, or photo I.D.
Learn to Haggle
Be Frugal but Not Cheap
Email Documents to Yourself
Only Take What You Need
Enjoy Your Trip!