Resfeber (n.) the nervous feeling before undertaking a journey; the restless race of a traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together.
As with any adventure, planning becomes an essential part of the journey. You know how it is, the nitty-gritty part of travel – the details, selecting a destination or accommodation and the uncertainty that follows.
However, if you’re an introvert, you know that sometimes the nitty-gritty is a safe haven of comfort.
If you’ve travelled the world, or hardly travelled at all – these tips are a must read before your next adventure.
Its okay that you don’t speak the local language!
First of all, it can be overwhelming just trying to order a pizza on-line in the comfort of your own home. So. Many. Choices.
Imagine: trying to order that same pizza in Italy, with no idea how to speak Italian. Yup, it can be pretty full on.
Our advice, just remember when you’re travelling is that most people don’t actually speak the local language (unless they’re super amazing). In all parts of the world, locals know how to spot tourists and travellers alike, and will do everything they can to help.
Don’t put off sampling delicious food and exploring just because you don’t speak in the language, this is what makes travelling an adventure. Obviously.
Check your packing list.
Most countries have their own variations on toiletries so trust me when I say, they are not the same…at all!
In these situations, you won’t regret over-packing the essentials. Some of my best memories involve watching a friend mime the word ‘tooth brush’ across different cities – so maybe, it might even be better to misplace an item or two purely for the entertainment value.
Keep an Expert Handy.
There’s a certain freedom in creating your own holiday, but when your trip starts and you need help, you need to know who to call.
Whether it be a friend, family member or travel agent – choose wisely and make sure they are experts in what YOU need. Sometimes, it’s just that little bit of comfort needed from the people close to you, even if you’re a strong, independent…well, you get the idea.
Dance like no-ones watching.
Everyday we pass hundreds of tourists in our home cities, people that you will probably never see again.
It’s the same notion overseas – no-one knows your style, your laugh or your dance moves, so soak it up and make the most of it. The idea that you can be exactly who you are or whoever you want to be is what makes traveling so addictive. Live it up and dance like no-ones watching, because even if they do – they’ll just be cheering you on!
This trip is about YOU and only you.
You’ve worked hard, and saved even harder for the trip of a lifetime. You’ve planned what you want to see, why you want to see it and where you will go next. The best part? Just enjoy it. Travel for you and YOU only.
Make this trip everything that you want it to be. If you want to bask in the atmosphere of sitting in the middle of Times Square – do it. If you want to take a week off and explore Iceland by bicycle – do it.
The world is your oyster and travel is a constant happiness no matter how old you are.
Feeling the wanderlust? Skip this way and kickstart the adventure.