Tips For Nurturing Your Travel Bug

Travelling is one of the most rewarding past times you can have. Visiting new countries and learning from different cultures will not only add to who you are as a person, but it will give you stories to tell for years to come. So if you have been bitten by the travel bug, here are some suggestions and reminders for what to do when you’re away.

Image by Dariusz Sankowski
Image by Dariusz Sankowski 
Choosing a Destination

One of the hardest parts of any trip is choosing where to go. Knowing where to go isn’t so much a matter of where you can go but more why do you want to travel there. Start by thinking about the seven continents and what each one has to offer.

Europe has fifty countries to visit and a large number of them are accessible via train or car. That means getting to experience some of the oldest cities in the world and home of some of the most famous architecture known to humankind is pretty straightforward. Consider that you will have your initial fare for arriving in your first city, London for example. You can then catch a train to Paris, continue onto Amsterdam, down through Belgium, across to Germany then Italy via Switzerland and the Alps. All of these stops can be accessed by purchasing a ticket which allows you to travel Europe by train. So you could be scoffing croissants in the morning and enjoying stroopwafels in the evening.

While train travel through many different countries is a great way to see as much of one continent as possible, it isn’t for everyone. You might prefer the control of a driving trip so heading along Route 66 is more to your taste. If you are looking to hit the road on your travels, be sure to schedule your stops before you set off. You don’t have to stick to them religiously, after all part of the fun of being in control of the car is having total freedom, but having regularly scheduled pit stops will give you a sense of purpose on some of the longer stretches of highway.

The way you travel may not be something that bothers you too much, but what you see and do when you arrive is what matters most to you. Research will be your best friend here, but really dig deep and ask yourself what it is you want from your trip. Australia is famous for all sorts of things but one of its most interesting features, being the only country where to natural World Heritage sites meet, is relatively unknown. China has the Great Wall for you to explore and engage with history, but you want to be sure that there is more than just the one thing for you to do. Choosing a city or country based on one of its famous landmarks is not a problem, but be sure that you won’t be twiddling your thumbs after a couple of days.

Photo by stokpic
Photo by stokpic
Keeping Safe

Whatever you do and wherever you go the most important thing is that you are enjoying yourself. And nothing stops enjoyment like something bad happening.

For starters make sure you are taking good care of yourself. If you are going out for long walks, then you should have an adequate amount of liquids with you and keep valuable belongings safe on your person or in a safe at the accommodation. Before you go, it doesn’t hurt to look into some medical help such as what to do for dehydration because you never know what might happen on your travels.

If you are in a situation that sees you a victim of a crime, stay calm and contact the local authorities. You should check before you leave your home on how tourists are treated in your destinations so that you can be prepared for all eventualities. Make a note of where your national consulate or embassy is so that in times of need you can speak to someone who might be able to help more easily. You can’t learn every language in the world, so there is nothing be ashamed of if you need help from someone who speaks one you recognize.

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Wherever in the world does take your fancy, make sure you get out there and enjoy it. There are few things worse than regret, and if you don’t take a trip to somewhere you’ve always wanted to go then you’ll soon find out what that feels like.

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