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MARNIE OURSLER MARNIE OURSLER 33 HARD-WON TRAVEL TIPS From A Well-Worn Traveler ONE OF my favorite ways to find inspiration is travel. There's something about the disorientation and magic of a new place that allows me to see things more clearly or in a completely different light. Travel is good for the mind, body, and soul, and the memories made are more valuable than any material possession. And in addition to being inspiring, traveling is a great reminder that no matter how different we may seem, we're all very much the same at heart. That's why I've made it my mission to cram as much traveling into this one life as possible. I've been lucky to be able to see the world for business, education, and for personal fun, and on my many travels, I've picked up a few important insights (some of which I learned the hard way). So before you set off for your next destination this summer, check out my hard-won travel tips, below, that will help you get the most out of your trip. 1. PACK LIGHT You never end up wearing as much as you think you will, and getting around is easier (and more enjoyable!) when you don’t have to lug a heavy suitcase with you. don’t speak the language, try learning a few key phrases before you go, including greetings, how to ask for directions and where the bathroom is, and a few other basics. 2. BE FLEXIBLE AND OPEN-MINDED Plans change. Weather is unpredictable. Things happen that you can’t foresee or control. Accept these facts of traveling and the whole world opens up to you. Often the greatest adventures come from spoiled plans! 5. RESEARCH LOCAL CUSTOMS The best part about travel is encountering new cultures. But don’t assume everyone is like you. Put a little effort into learning local customs, as well as what may be considered offensive or rude. 3. DRESS IN LAYERS Being out from morning to night means your outfit needs to adjust along with the changing temps. Light layers ensure you’ll always be dressed for the weather, and they’re easy to stow or carry when not in use. 4. LEARN COMMON PHRASES If you’re heading someplace where you 6. BRING AN EXTRA BATTERY OR PORTABLE CHARGER There’s nothing worst than when the perfect photo op presents itself, but your camera or phone battery is dead. 7. PHOTOCOPY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS If you’re leaving the country, stow copies of important documents (like your passport) in a different place than 2018 SPRING 9