I was thinking of a few things that help me enjoy my trips better, so I thought I’d list them out. Do you relate to any of these?
1. Decide how you’d like to document the trip.
Well, a lot of us go in thinking we’re going to blog every night, or put up pictures online daily, or maintain scrapbook, but then, reality strikes. Most of us end up procrastinating or just get too tired by the end of the day to follow through. So, think of a realistic way you’d like to document it, so that you don’t miss out on the little things you’d like to remember from your trip.
Check out this really fun way we decided on, here!
2. Stop looking at pictures. NOW.
Yes, I know you’re excited and you want to go through every picture ever taken at your travel destination. But, I request (?) you to stop, stop now!
Stop because you must let some things remain new to your eyes when you get there. You’d want to be able to stand in front of the windmills in Netherlands and say “Woah! That’s such a wonderful sight”, and not “Yeah, I’ve seen this before on Instagram, from a better angle probably. What’s next?”
3. Collect your friends’ postal addresses.
This is for when you had a great time in a city and want to send a postcard to your friend. But, what’s their address? Damn.
4. Use a separate device for music.
Phones are well-equip to carry massive music playlist and click HD photos, and help you keep in touch with loved ones, but, the last thing you want is ending up in a long bus ride or in the middle of a Skype call back home with the low battery sign. Or well, just carry a portable charger.
5. Fine-tune your to-do list
In place of letting your London to do list read just:
..and so on, add little things to do like, things unique to that place like
Ride on the Double-Decker Bus
Buy an umbrella!
6. Find a way to backup photos!
Yes, in this day and age, this might seem a tiny bit obsolete, but this is a must! I had a horrible experience this time, when I took photos from our DSLR and didn’t back it up. Towards the end of our trip, the card showed a “Card Corrupt” error, and thrust us in a state of panic. I’m still trying to recover files from that card.
Find a way to backup photos, or take photos from multiple devices; the pictures we took from our iPad were our saving grace.
7. Carry a few a snacks from home, if you’re visiting a different country
You’re probably going to laugh at this one, after all, when in a new country, you’d probably like to experiment with their cuisine. But, that can get a little taxing. There will be times when you crave a familiar flavour, and this will save the day.