Being polite goes a
very long way.
smile goes even further.
somebody doesn’t speak your language, that’s your
problem, not theirs.
of a common language does not equate to deafness. Speaking
more loudly will not help.
alert for scams and danger, but don’t let that dictate
your trip. Most people are not out to harm you.
your heart and mind does not have to mean opening your wallet.
out of your comfort zone. Eat, drink and do things that you
wouldn’t go near in your normal life.
bags / fanny packs are the stupidest travel accessory ever,
for more reasons than I can even list.
you use a moneybelt, don’t keep diving into it every
five minutes. Hiding your valuables isn’t much use if
they don’t stay … y’know … hidden.
will be different to how they are at home. That’s kinda
transport can be awesome. It can also be the bane of your
life. You will experience both.
the locals. If you’d wanted to hang out with people
just like yourself, it would have been much cheaper just to
stay home and go to the mall.
an emergency source of funds hidden away somewhere, and treat
your passport as if it were made of gold. It’s not quite
the end of the world if you lose it, but it’ll feel
like it at the time.
be afraid to screw up. It’s ok. We learn a lot more
from our failures than we do our successes.
flip flops for the hostel shower can be a really good idea.
your friends back home haven’t seen an updated Facebook
status from you in the last hour, it’s ok.
looking for somewhere to eat, find the one where there’s
nobody that looks like you inside it. Bonus points if it’s
not in the guidebook, and extra bonus points if the menu isn’t
in your language (or there’s no menu at all). The food
will be better and cheaper, and the experience more memorable.
will be times when it’s all too hard. Tough it out.
You won’t remember the bad times in a couple of months,
but the good times will stay with you forever.
here to see this same subject covered by a female backpacker.