To date we’ve gotten some great tips and tricks from all of the participating travelistas and we continue today with our top 5 travel necessities.
Of course you can’t travel without proper travel documents and it’s always best to be dressed appropriately and comfortably if possible. We all have our gadgets and apps, stuffed animals, other favorite things we take on the road, but I decided to keep it simple. And the great thing about my list is that each item costs you absolutely NOTHING to procure and can save you a lot in the long run…
Here are my picks for top 5 travel necessities
Patience — We learned in the first carnival prompt that there are a lot of things that really work our nerves when traveling, from rude customer service agents to unruly kids and tons of stuff in between. But a little bit of patience can help us keep calm, carry on, and enjoy our trip. You’re on vacation, what’s the rush?
Fearlessness — I’ve said time and time again that travel is personal. Your trips and experiences should reflect who you are as a person. If you like spas and shopping go for it. Hiking and hosteling your thing, go ahead and knock yourself out. That being said, it’s always great when you can stretch yourself a bit beyond your comfort zone. Even if it’s only one thing, bring an extra dose of fearlessness along. You never know what you could be missing if you don’t give it a try. Chocolate covered crickets or sky diving anyone?
Smile — Take a cue from Volkswagen and Jimmy Cliff and get #getHappy. I’m not saying walk around with a silly grin on your face at all times, but it is kinda amazing what a smile and a little bit of pleasantness can bring to a situation. Just a few months ago, I was sitting in a restaurant in London‘s China Town with Tracey and Tawanna. A quick hello and exchange of pleasantries with the solo guest seated next to us and we were being offered VIP access to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studio tour. It wasn’t the intended result, but a smile is one of the quickest ways to diffuse and uneasy of confusing situation or make a new friend. Always keep one in your back pocket, especially when traveling. And a little bucket filling (not sucking up) never hurt anyone either.
Street Smarts/Common Sense — There’s nothing wrong with going off the beaten path and wandering off on your own, but be sure to use a little common sense and streets smarts. The same precaution you would take on the “bad” side of town back home should be exercised on the road, regardless of how safe you think you are. This holds true especially for the ladies traveling solo.
Open Mind — One of the best things about travel is to meet new people and learn about their culture and customs. However, it’s so easy to get caught up in how you think things should be based on your life and experiences. Resist the urge to turn your nose up at something new, different or things you just don’t understand. Drop your preconceived notions and allow your opinion to be shaped by your first hand experience and nothing more. An open mind combined with the other 4 travel necessities mentioned above is an almost sure way to make any travel experience a success!
What are your top travel necessities?
Leave your picks in the comments below and don’t forget to visit Monique’s post to check out all of the other travelista top 5 travel necessities here.
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