Any expat out there knows how hard it is to move abroad. The amount of paperwork and bureaucracy is just mind boggling, but worth it none the less. Even as an American citizen (making everything generally easier), I had to commit to a year’s worth of emails, phone calls, consulate visits, sending paperwork to and from Italy, and oh so much more.
Nothing can ruin a day of exploring and travels quite like sore, blistering feet can. It’s so important as travelers than we give our feet the love they deserve as they take us on our adventures. To do so, we have to invest in good quality shoes that will last a long time while providing ample cushioning for ample walking.
Traveling brings a sort of personal awareness and understanding that begs to be explored further. Reading a good book and contemplating how it affects you and how you feel while reading it is arguably the best best way to get a better grasp on this newfound personal awareness.
Being a budget traveler in of itself is an adventure. There’s little things we must overcome to make our travels an experience that benefits us throughout our lives. While nothing physical can ever truly shape the outcome of these experiences, they can definitely help improve them and add ease.
1. The people are nicer and more welcoming.
Cities like Paris, Rome, and New York City have their charms, don’t get me wrong. But have you ever noticed how the locals generally aren’t the friendliest to tourists unless there’s money at stake?
The American Southwest is pumped full of potential for new experiences. It’s the ideal place to explore your adventurous side while indulging in a rich culture. There’s a little bit of everything there; national parks, beaches, deserts, and sometimes even snow!
1. Book flights directly.
This is a big one for when something goes wrong and you need a refund. If you book a flight through a third party site, you are significantly less likely to get a refund. The third party site will often refer you to the airline and the airline will often do nothing since you didn’t book through their site.
Travel mistakes are just a part of the game; they’re part of the (sometimes frustrating) fun of travel. While we all make them and we’ve all done things we feel silly about while traveling, there are a few travel mistakes you can avoid with the proper knowledge.
Planning a trip or vacation can be one of the most excited (and exhausting) parts of the whole experience. There are some many places to see and destinations to explore. How can you possibly pick just one?! Let me help you narrow it down a bit.
1. At times the culture will lose its charm and become insanely frustrating.
Being an expat is much harder than people think. Everything you know is suddenly turned upside down. You’re expected to adjust not only fast, but really fast.[...]
Before I left for my very first trip abroad as an adult, I remember scouring the web for travel quotes. These travel quotes ended up inspiring me each and everyday as I encouraged my wanderlust to flourish and explored the world as a brand new traveler.
Too often, the biggest reason I hear for people not being able to travel is a lack of money.
Now, I will say that I am very fortunate to have been born into a middle class family as a white woman.