Something that will really benefit you on your trip, is speaking to experienced travellers beforehand. Luckily for me, I’ve always been away with the fairies and a bit of a liability when it comes to losing things or getting things stolen, which means I have had plenty of friends and relatives giving me ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ to think about.
A lot of these are things you don’t want to have to worry about whilst your away and they kind of dampen the mood just thinking about them happening. But in the long run, being extra cautious could prevent any upsets happening, resulting in you having to go home or worse.
1) Carry extra cash in your shoe
Shout out to my step mum for this one! Even just having a few notes in your shoe to help you get back to your accommodation or make a phone call will be a life saver if you are ever to be mugged.
2) Always get your bags wrapped at the airports
The last thing you want is to have to call your parents to say you’re in a Thai prison for attempting to smuggle drugs.
3) Take an extra form of I.D and bank card
This will save so much hassle if you ever lose your originals.
4) Photocopy/ print important documents
5) Plan, but don’t plan too much
You need to have a basic idea of where you want to go and what you want to see, especially if you’re on a time limit. Just bare in mind that you could fall in love with one place and want to stay there longer. You could meet people at your hostel and decide to go with there plans instead. Go with the flow.
6) Back everything up
Get a Dropbox account or take a USB. There are too many horror stories of people losing all their photos and videos.
7) Avoid travel at night (coaches/trains)
You are more vulnerable to theft. It’s wise to avoid ground floor rooms for the same reasons.
8) Don’t forget to spray yourself with mosquito spray
9) Take a pack of cards
Whether you’re waiting at the airport, playing drinking games or chilling at a restaurant, they’ll always come in handy. Great way to socialise too!
10) Don’t book things in advance
Except from a few flights and hostels etc. avoid booking things in advance (for example: train passes for Japan or boat tours round the Philippines). Your plans might change, or you might find cheaper alternatives.
I’m sure this list will get extended as my journey unfolds, but if anyone else has any suggestions in the meantime, then please do comment below.