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Wednesday, 23 December 2009
Every so often, someone asks me for my 'top' travel tip. The answer varies depending on the circumstances, but essentially there are two main things I've learnt from experience, which I wish someone had told me sooner.
So, for the benefit of anyone who's interested, here are the two travel tips I would share. One is about going; the other is about coming back. I hope you find at least one of them useful. Please feel free to share your favourite tips in the comments.
My advice about going?
That's really all there is to it. If an opportunity presents itself, for which you have both time and money in sufficient quantities, just go. I've adopted this strategy over the last few years, and it's certainly working for me. Even if you visit somewhere you'd prefer not to re-visit, you've learnt something. I've been in charge of my own travel plans for about ten years now, and I have only one regret - a trip to Thailand, which I didn't take. So go, whenever you have the chance.
And for coming back?
Just be sure to take as much care packing your dirty laundry as you did packing your clean clothes to travel. Otherwise all the space you carefully left for mementos will just be full of crumpled shirts.
That's all. Go - and then pack neatly when it's time to come home.
Oh, and be sure to take lots of photos so you can show me how it went.