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Re: Travel, explore, repeat.

If you were to plan before you travel, what kinds of things do you think are important to think about before you go?


Checking if your immunisations are up to date, making sure your passport is good to go, finding out what help you can access in that city or country if you get into trouble or fall ill, travel insurance, making sure that you have enough finances, thinking about where you will stay, where you will eat and drink (I have heard that you need to be careful about this stuff in some countries), transport (how will you get around), how long to stay in each place, when you will come home, who will look after your place or pets while you are gone (if you have any), how you will communicate with people (if language barriers may be an issue), if there are any travel warnings for the place you are travelling to, if there are any laws you need to be aware of (e.g. dress codes for women in some countries) - you can't tell I'm a planner can you? Smiley Tongue Haha

Re: Travel, explore, repeat.

what are your top three essential travel tips?


1. Be prepared to go outside your comfort zone, but make sure that you feel safe too.

2. Make sure that you are aware of different laws in other countries that may affect you.

3. Make sure you know where you can get help if you need it, and make sure you have a way to contact your family/ friends at home if needed.

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What are your top three essential travel tips?

 

  1. Don't forget your toiletries - there's nothing less gross than oily hair or unbrushed teeth because you forgot shampoo and toothpaste
  2. Maps and GPS - friends for life
  3. Have fun!
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Re: Travel, explore, repeat.

Some of my travel tips are, instead of getting public transport try walking around the city or new place you are in, you will see so much that you wouldnt have planned on! Also, dont be afraid to talk to people and make friends in places like hostels you are staying in, even if you are travelling alone, travellers love other travellers! And thirdly, dont plan out your day too much, leave time to explore, otherwise you feel a pressure to get the things you have planned done, and to me that defeats the purpose of travelling Smiley Happy

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So, as our final question for the night... Whether you're an experienced traveller or not, what are your top three essential travel tips?

 


Mine would be:

1) Don't underestimate what you can deal with until you're faced with the most ridiculous situations imagineable

2) Keep spare undies, toothpaste/toothbrush, medications and phone charger in your little backpack/bag if you're leaving your large bag in a hostel (or flying). You never know when your large bag will disappear.

3) Earplugs! If you're staying in hostels, make sure you have some. You will inevitably be grateful for them in shared rooms.

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Wow some awesome tips there that I would never have thought of! Thanks for sharing guys, and thanks for a great discussion as usual Smiley Happy. A thank you to gail, SJG and Rosie for facilitating for us! Good night, see you all next week Smiley Happy

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Thanks so much for joining in everyone, this was my first time facilitating a GR session and ive had a great time!!!

 

See you on the forums Smiley Happy

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Great tips guys! It's time to finish up for the night now... 

 

So, as a bit of a summary of tonight's discussion…

 

First we talked about all the amazing places we've been, and it sounds like that between us, we've seen most of the world! That's pretty awesome. Then we shared some hilarious and horror stories from our travels - check some of them out here and here

 

Next up we started discussing some of the reasons that so many people value travel. We asked you guys why you think this might be, and got some ideas like: because there are so many options; meeting new people; having new experiences; learning more about new people and places; and the notion that travel can help you grow as a person. A few people identified that last one as something particularly valuable about travelling and seeing the world. 

 

Then we moved on to talking about some things that might get in the way of travelling. You guys had heaps of ideas of things that might be barriers to travel - from dietary needs, to money troubles, to commitments at home, to instructions being lost in translation, to physical or mental ill-health. But never fear! We all agreed that these things can be overcome (or at least managed) in order to allow everyone, no matter their needs, have good travel experiences. There were a heap of suggestions from you guys as to how to overcome these barriers to travel, but there was a pretty strong theme that most barriers can be overcome through being aware of our own needs, and planning ahead. Some good resources to help you plan ahead are things like Smart Traveller, Lonely Planet forums and even just conversations with other travellers (they often have the best advice!).

 

We spoke a bit about the benefits of either planning before travelling, or cruising along without plans and taking things as they come. It seemed like the major benefit of planning was the hope that things will run smoothly, and the benefit of taking things as they go was being open to experience and adventure. Perhaps a bit of both approaches would be ideal! Some of the things you guys thought might be important to plan beforehand were visas, immunisations, any laws specific to the countries you would visit, where to get help if you need it, and finding a bit out about local customs and conduct.  They're all definitely important things to consider!

 

Lastly, we asked for your top three essential travel tips! Here's some of what you said:

- be prepared to go outside your comfort zone, but make sure that you feel safe too.

- make sure that you are aware of different laws in other countries that may affect you.

- make sure you know where you can get help if you need it, and make sure you have a way to contact your family/ friends at home if needed.

- don't forget your toiletries - there's nothing less gross than oily hair or unbrushed teeth because you forgot shampoo and toothpaste
- maps and GPS - friends for life
- have fun!

- instead of getting public transport try walking around the city or new place you are in, you will see so much that you wouldn't have planned on!

- don't be afraid to talk to people and make friends in places like hostels you are staying in, even if you are travelling alone, travellers love other travellers! - don't plan out your day too much, leave time to explore, otherwise you feel a pressure to get the things you have planned done, and to me that defeats the purpose of travelling.

 

Thanks everyone for contributing and sharing your wisdom! Here's to many more adventures to come Smiley Happy Goodnight all!

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Thank you everyone for chatting with us tonight! It was so cool to read about all of your travel adventures.

 

Time for bed, goodnight Smiley Happy

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