Alright so you have booked the flight, packed your bags, and… now what? Exhilarating as travel can be, it’s also quite a pain to plan. Unless you’re the type to wing it (completely) then this post is not for you! For the rest of us who enjoy some measure of security and order, the following is a glorified check-list-tips-and-tricks hybrid post for the inexperienced traveler. Sometimes you learn the hard way but why suffer when you can let others do the suffering for you, eh? I prefer the good old vicarious method and so hopefully this can be useful to someone who is wondering what steps to take next on their adventure planning.
It’s a starter list of suggestions based on my own previous experience as a study abroad student but is quite adaptable to the months long backpacker. It should be enough to get your mind off and imagining about other possible matters you might have to settle before leaving your home country. Also, as cliche as the meme might be, the good old ’10 COMMANDMENTS OF TRAVEL’ comes in handy too 😉 Even if you are not a Type A, there will be times on your journeys – at some seemingly innocuous place – where you will come across an old fashion “WTH JUST HAPPENED?!” moment. Read through the commandments, brandish them on your heart, and depart knowing that you will not come back the same person who left through the front door. The travel gods have spoken; now onwards ho, my brave pioneers!
Ahem. Although the checklist was created by myself, the 10 Commandments for Travelers was taken from a colleague (Study Abroad Adviser Extraordinaire) at my former uni but even she can’t remember who gave it to her or who created it. Sadness. ‘Tis a mystery for the ages; the wit and candor of said author is first rate but doomed to be lost to obscurity. (I have modified it slightly, mostly in regards to gender) Click and enjoy!~
::TRAVEL QUOTES SOUP FOR THE SOUL::
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”
-T. S. Eliot
“Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.”
“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”
“One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.”
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
And, of course, what trip would be complete without an epic playlist? With an endless supply of travel themed songs all set, you’ve got an epic-conquest-of-the-world worthy soundtrack to back you up. Solo road trips can be pretty monotonous in dead silence, which for me means drowsiness. Co-pilots are great for bickering, laughing, arguing, and discussing the finer points of philosophy/the meaning of life/university debt/unemployment/hashing out that last failed relationship/The Future… as well as for making sure that you keep sharp and on your toes. But as we all know, apart from pumping your body full of caffeine, it is actually quite hard to fall asleep to your favorite head bashing tune (Beethoven’s 5th anyone?). Plus, who doesn’t like creeping out the driver on the lane next to you with some oh so soothing renditions of heavy metal music-swaying while belting out your favorite lyrics? Normal, it’s over-rated. Anyway, here are some travel themed songs we all know and love. In the spirit of travel, they are compiled in an ever growing Spotify playlist.
Well, it’s less than a week until Departure Day… still so much packing left to do and not enough time. But if uni has taught me anything worthwhile, it is that I perform at well enough under pressure to function. Gah. Creative juices, where are you when I need you?! Curses!