If you’re currently traveling, or are planning a round-the-world jaunt, then you will have a lot to do. Now, there are some simple things that many people overlook due to this excitement. You need to look after yourself, fully engage with new cultures, as well as maintain your original identity. Achieving all three isn’t easy. However, we have tried to make the process simple.
1. Always Have A Book On You
Trains, airports, bus stations – you’re going to be spending a lot of time waiting around. When boredom sets in, so do worries and fears. To keep your mind occupied, it’s recommended that you keep a good book on you. Once you finish a book, then swap it with another traveler.
2. Learn Key Phrases In The Local Lingo
Simply knowing English is enough to get by in most parts of the world but that doesn’t mean you should rely entirely on it.
When stumbling around in exotic countries, you’re probably going to make a few mistakes. That’s why it helps to learn some handy words and phrases. Being able to say “sorry” in the native tongue may get you out of some awkward situations.
Being able to order at cafes and restaurants in the local lingo is also a cool skill to master.
3. Eat With The Locals (At Least Once)
You don’t want to visit a country without trying its local cuisine. Of course, eating with the locals may be a lot easier in some countries than others. For example, if you do so in Vietnam (or many other developing countries) you may find yourself eating a plate of noodles or rice in cramped and dirty conditions on the side of the road. In a country such as Franch you may find yourself eating frogs’ legs in a fine restaurant, Regardless of where you are, you should make an effort to step out of your comfort zone.
4. Celebrate Your Holidays
While you’re emerging yourself in a foreign culture, you can start to forget about your own culture. That’s why you should go on a bit of a calendar craze to make sure you don’t overlook the important dates. It’s unlikely that you’re going to miss Christmas, but how about Easter or other national holidays.
5. Don’t Forget To Keep In Touch With Friends Back Home
You don’t want to disappear for a year of backpacking without keeping in touch with your best buddies. The variety of new experiences and new faces may keep you busy, but you should still find the time to stay in touch. We aren’t just talking about sending a few Facebook messages. Consider a Skype video call to have a personal chat.
When you’re traveling the highs are higher, and the lows are lower. That’s why it’s important to look after yourself for when the downswings do strike. You want to make sure you connect with the local culture while also maintaining your support network back home. Hopefully, these tips can help you out along the way.