As a travel enthusiast and culture lover, I visited a lot of different countries and continents, not to mention people and cultures, and I liked all of that. I left my home in America, as a very young man, and since then I never once regretted it. Of course, now that I’m back, I can be proud of all experience, all the friends I met and all the cultures I learned about, and as such, I can say there are a few things every traveler should know.
Here is a collection of the crucial pieces of advice to help every traveler stay calm and get the most out of each travel.
1. Be patient
Patience is one of the most important things you need to have. We tend to get angry and panic each time there is a problem, but if you cannot predict or control the thing, why sweat about it? Getting angry and stressed is completely unnecessary, if you missed a bus, there would surely be another one, there is nothing you can do about it, so just wait and be patient.
2. Don’t spend the day sleeping
If you are a traveler, then you know how beautiful days can be, how much amazing thing you can see in just a few minutes, and you know wasting it isn’t the option. Wake up early, get ready and make each day your adventure, even when you’re in your hometown there is always something new you can see.
Everything is easier during the day, there is no danger anything will happen to you, and your pictures will be amazing, sunlight is perfect when it comes to traveling.
3. Why so serious?
I already mentioned getting angry and stressed won’t get you anything good, same goes for seriousness and embarrassment.
During each travel, you will get in situations that might make you feel embarrassed, but that’s just unavoidable, so don’t sweat it. Laugh at yourself, even when you make a mistake, laugh about it with others laughing at you. It might even bond you with other people.
4. Always have cash
Even though the money isn’t something that should worry you, it often does. Just to be sure, always bring some extra cash with yourself, emergencies are often bound to happen, and they will often require you to have some money with you. If you lose a wallet, a couple of hundred dollars in your sock, shoe or backpack will surely save you.
5. Always pack a scarf
The scarf is just one of the things that have saved me numerous times, all over the world. It can be used as a mask, and it can protect you from the sun and most importantly it can be used as a bag.
Not to mention that it is a fabulous accessory to every outfit, practicality makes it an unavoidable item in your traveling backpack. I can’t even list and remember each situation where scarf saved my head.
Traveling around the world is an activity desired by many, but not many of us are doing something to fulfill that dream. Excuses such as lack of money or lack of free time are always there, and we use them to justify our inactivity and laziness. The fact that we can go around the globe for a very low price, or even for free, is something that makes those excuses shameful and degrading, and we should never use them again. With only a little bit of activity and enthusiasm, your life can take a sharp turn for the better, and you could be sitting on a plane, reading about your next destination.
Passion and guts are essential for achieving almost anything in life, and people who are lacking those attributes will have problems with their success and accomplishments.
On the other hand, if you have enough of those characteristics, your drive and motivation will take you places, and travel without any expenses is waiting for you. No matter what you do for a living, if you are a dentist, a shoe maker, or a local real estate agent, you can travel in many countries without much money, and some locations and arrangements can be completely free. The secret to unlocking those benefits is originality, and a few bright ideas, combined with the right attitude, will offer you a chance of a lifetime.
Many ways of traveling are cheap, and some of them can even produce an income for your budget. For instance, house sitting is a method of traveling that involves free accommodation, in return for some light work around the house. The owners leave the house for a period of time, and your task is to stay in the house, water the plants, feed the dog, and so on. The workload is minimal, and you get to visit new places and to learn many things about the local culture and traditions. House swapping is similar to house sitting, and the basic idea is to change places with someone and visit their country.
Hitchhiking and carpooling are among the most traditional methods of inexpensive traveling, and people still use them to go quickly from point A to point B without any significant expenses. Carpooling requires your participation in the gas bill while hitchhiking is an entirely free system of traveling, and you only have to take care of your personal safety.
But, safety can be in danger even when you are sitting at your desk at home, and without a little bit of risk – you will be stuck in that same old chair for years.Another method of free traveling is by joining a volunteering organization, or by organizing a fundraiser. Frequent travels can accompany a noble cause, and a lot of volunteers have visited foreign countries and experienced new cultures through their missions and projects. However, if you do not want to put any work in your plans, it is bets that you wait for discounts and bonuses that can make flying very cheap, and low-cost airlines are nowadays more popular than ever.