Travelling is fun and all. It can be a life-changing experience. Some people even return from the trip looking different than they were like before. Be it the glow, the changing personality, the growing character, etc. There are many lessons you can take from travelling to many different places. However, becoming a smart traveler also take not only one or two trip. As you travel more, you learn more how to navigate yourself better. To be a smart traveler, you also need to know various skills. You may also develop those skills during your trips eventually.
Things smart travelers know to do
Smart travelers know that they don’t have to depend on devices to keep going. The simplest example is about washing your laundry. During travel, sometimes you have to wash your clothes manually using your hands in a sink. If you don’t have basic knowledge and skill, you may end up wearing dirty clothes. Sure there are laundromart and all but in some destinations, sometimes there are not even available. Besides, doing it ow your own is more efficient and faster.
Smart traveler knows the importance of knowing where the embassy is before the trip. Hence, they know where to go when emergency happens. You never know what will happen to you even if you have take necessary precaution for the trip. Knowing where the embassy is can save your life. Hence, do your homework and locate nearest embassy if you are leaving your country.
Smart travelers know where to put their money. They also know that it is not safe to put all money in one place. Sometimes the unexpected happens. Hence, you always have to be prepared by having emergency stash of money all the time. Theft and loss are highly possible when you are wandering unknown places. Hence, keep a secret stash of money you can access and use during emergency but make sure you remember where you put it.
Haggling is a skill smart travelers usually master. They know that shopping is one of the fun parts of travel. Haggling is like art. There is no specific formula to it but you can learn it as you travel and shop more. Keep in mind that you don’t have to be fluent in local language of a place you visit to be able to haggle successfully. However, make sure to exude positive attitude and vibes during haggling. Always be respectful to the sellers and don’t cause any drama.
Master the skill of saying no and thank you during travel is a must. Smart travelers know that keep saying yes won’t get them anywhere but trouble. There might be salespeople and buskers or even beggar who keep invading your space during your trip. Warding the off by saying no and thank you can be effective. Smart travelers don’t let themselves do what the others do especially when it is something they are not comfortable with. Therefore, learn how to be a bit more assertive.