Smart Risk Magazine Spring 2018 | Page 23

SPRING 2 0 1 8 TRAVEL TIPS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE 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 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. 2. BE FLEXIBLE AND OPEN-MINDED. Plans change. Weather is unpredictable. Things happen that you can’t foresee or control. Accept these facts of travelling and the whole world opens up to you. Often the greatest adventures come from spoiled plans! 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 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. 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. 6. BRING AN EXTRA BATTERY OR A 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 the originals. This way, if anything happens, you’ll always have back- up documentation. material possession. And in addition to being inspiring, travelling 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 8. BRING EXTRA UNDERWEAR AND SOCKS. There are some clothes you can wear multiple times before washing. Underwear and socks aren’t two of them. Plus, sweaty or wet socks are a pain - literally - to walk around in, so bring more than you need! 9. PRE-PLAN OUTFITS. This is the best way to ensure you take only what you need. Get the most mileage out of your clothes by bringing pieces you can use for several different outfits or occasions. 10. KEEP ESSENTIALS IN YOUR CARRY-ON. An extra 23 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. 12. STAY HYDRATED. Travelling usually means being on your feet all day. Carry a refillable bottle so you always have access to water (extra points if your bottle is collapsible!). 13. TALK WITH LOCALS. Not only is it a great way to meet new and interesting people with experiences totally different from your own, but locals also have the lowdown on the best food, sights, activities and shopping. 14. SET UP ACCOUNT ALERTS. Before you leave, pair of socks and underwear, a light outer layer, electronics, medications, your toothbrush and any valuables should be kept in your carry-on in case your checked baggage is lost. let your bank and credit card companies know where and when you’ll be travelling. This avoids temporary card deactivations your bank starts seeing ‘suspicious’ charges from a strange location. 11. USE SUNSCREEN LIBERALLY. Changes in 15. PLAN, BUT LEAVE ROOM FOR SPONTANEITY. temperatures, geographical locations and altitudes all affect how strong the sun is. Be extra cautious and use sunscreen whenever you’re outside. Research your destination in advance to make sure that you don’t miss any of the must-sees (or the local gems only the most prepared know about). But don’t forget to leave room for the unexpected.