6 things you don’t realise about travelling
First and foremost, travelling is an amazing opportunity. You’ll make life-long memories and friends, have unique experiences and learn a lot about yourself and the world. But there are quite a few things people don’t tell you about travelling.
We’ve picked six of our favourites:
You need to back up your important documents
It’s no good just printing two copies of everything. What happens if you lose them both, or you get pick pocketed? You’ve got to back up digital copies of your passport, heath cards, travel insurance, visas and other vital documents onto cloud storage that you’ll be able to access anywhere.
You won’t like everyone you met
The cringe-worthy couple, the person who is constantly home sick, some old guy, the person who brags about everything and the guitar player – these are just some of the types of people you’ll meet travelling. Of course, you’ll get on with most people you encounter as you’re bound to have loads in common. But what people don’t tell you is that you’ll also hate some of them and want to avoid their company at all costs.
You’ll be exposed to new diseases – so get vaccinated
Travelling to foreign places exposes you to bacterial, fungal and parasitic illnesses that you might not be accustomed to back home.
Poor sanitation and unwashed food in warm and moist countries are the likeliest culprits when it comes to harbouring the growth of organisms, but diseases are often passed on from insects and bug bites, flies and even swimming in contaminated water. Get vaccinated at least six to eight weeks before you travel for any diseases you might encounter.
Apps can help you out in almost any situation
Take your smartphone with you and you won’t regret it (as long as you’re on the right contract and don’t end up paying a fortune for data roaming). It’s your map, your camera, your entertainment, your tour guide, your connection with home and so much more.
You can download an app to help in pretty much every situation. For example, if you’re struggling to work out if something is a good deal you can use currency exchange apps like XE to find out how much it is in your usual currency.
Tours are rubbish
According to Entrepreneur, all seasoned global travellers will tell you that the experience is enhanced when you self-guide your way through destinations. So ask locals where they would go for a meal or a day out, rather than relying on tour guides.
Going home is hard
At first, going home is exciting as you’ll get to see all the people you’ve missed while travelling. But nothing can prepare you for the sinking realisation that you’re not off on a plane again anytime soon. It feels strange to wear socks again, you’ll actually miss sleeping on a bunkbed, and the thought of finding a job is soul destroying. These are just some of the strange things you’ll feel when you return home from long-term travel.
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