When Travelling

  • Always carry a pack of cards:  bonus points for cool shuffling and a repertoire of games.
  • Know you will probably end up buying bottle after bottle of water, but don’t let this stop you from asking your hostel if they can refill your bottle – some will, just check if it’s drinking water.
  • Always carry few spare passport photos.  You never know when they might come in handy, particularly at border crossings for visas.
  • Lonely Planet and Wikipedia make the best tour guides.
  • Most hostels have lockers but bring your own padlock.
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and key travel insurance information.  Obvious I know but easy to forget.
  • Another obvious one:  keep your key valuables in a few locations.  This bag, that bag and the rest locked away at the hostel.
  • When I’m on the move I like to use a hidden travel bum bag.  I shove everything in a zip-lock bag so it doesn’t stew in sweat and wear it below the waistline of my trousers or shorts.  Since I normally tuck my blouses in over the bag and wear a belt, I figure this is about as safe as I can keep anything.
  • Say hello to people, especially if you’re staying in a hostel – it’s a brilliant way to make friends, find people to reduce tour costs with and you never know who you will meet.
  • If in doubt – do it!  Travelling is a wonderful experience so embrace every moment and opportunity.  Besides, if it doesn’t work out, it will make for a good story.  My only exception to this is if one’s health and safety or the health and safety of others is put at risk.