WHAT DO YOU SEE

It is said that there are three sides to every story; yours, theirs and the truth. I guess as we grow older our perceptions and mentality change so things affect us differently. We could become more irritable or more lax, at times we change so much that we don’t recognize ourselves.

The world is not big enough for all of us to pursue our own desires thoughtlessly so to make it a better place we need to be more considerate of others and their needs. One of the ways we can do this is by traveling and meeting new people; you get to see what they appreciate and of course when your patience is tested you learn how to deal with things more conveniently without resorting to violence or war.

Just like a camera takes different kinds of photos you too can adjust how you see the world, what you see in it and the color; rosy vs. dreary. You can choose to see long term benefits, short term, whether you want an instant reward or can wait. In the same way experiences you face can change you. You choose whether to grow from it or let it hold you down.

If we focus on the small things, we could harness our creativity and use it to get way better results than just having a bland outlook. I guess what am trying to say is be open minded. You can start with a little travel. In case you want to arrange a trip through us, contact us here.

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DEALING WITH CULTURE SHOCK

Often times we go to a place where we know no one or absolutely nothing about the culture in said place. At first it is exciting to travel and you will not notice the different challenges you may face. Later on it just crashes on you and you may feel overwhelmed. Here is an idea of what it feels like;

BLISSFUL DENIAL

At first you are overwhelmed with excitement so it doesn’t hit you that you could ever panic at how different the place is from your usual place. You interact, meet new people, discover as much about yourself as the new place and it’s all rosy in paradise.

Everything you experience, from cultural aspects such as ways of living and interacting with others to clothes, music, and food, seems exotic, new and exciting. You are wearing your adventure clothes and pass the time thoughtlessly.

Like all highs, this feeling can’t last forever. After about two months, things start to feel odd. The differences between this place and home are more noticeable. You miss your friends and family more and more. You feel like no one gets you, you long to hear just one person speak your language. You could miss the food or transportation of your country. It all seems odd.

COMPROMISE

By now it all feels odd and you could be lonely but you start promising yourself treats if you get through the day, week, month. It all seems a little overwhelming and you need those little things to reaffirm that you are okay. Homesickness dominates your waking thoughts and you long for something familiar. Sometimes your initial excitement returns but it is coupled with  disorientation and frustration. Sometimes you feel like you take two steps forward and one back but it is all a process.

ADAPTATION

Find your anchor in this new place and return to it each time you feel lost. You learn to adapt to stress through various techniques, and cope somehow. By making new friends you won’t feel so lonely. Know what to expect so that your attitude and behavior can adapt. Work on your language if it is a different language spoken in that place, you will be surprised when you start thinking and dreaming in a new language!! Sleeping can also take your mind off things.

AT LAST

Things click into place and you are sure what you are doing and where you are going. You feel at home and find your feet in a new place.

I bit the bullet.

a little insight

Foreign THING

So, this is my first post – hopefully it is the start of something exciting. I have always been a lover of travel blogs and been inspired by the diverse range of information you can get first hand from people that have experienced the things you yearn for.

I am a traveller at heart, before any of my career ambitions, astronaut phase and distractions I wanted to travel the world and see everything for what it is. How can we possibly live in a world this diverse and vast and not experience it?

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QUICK TIPS FOR TRAVEL

DELAYS

 

  • In case your flight gets delayed, have a back up plan. Call your travel agent to book an alternative, rent a car, something other than sitting in the airport stranded.
  • To avoid being delayed at the airport, call the airline before leaving to be sure the flight is scheduled to leave on time.If your flight is delayed you may be entitled to a refund, even on a nonrefundable ticket!
  • For easy access to your carry on bags or if you have many,  think about getting a seat assignment toward the back of the plane. You board first and have easier time stowing your bags.

LAWS AND SAFETY

  • When traveling to a foreign country, familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember while in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws.
  • When using a pay phone, avoid isolated phones or ones with limited lighting. Face outward while calling to stay alert to possible intruders and hang onto your belongings.
  • When boarding your fight or checking into your hotel room, always note the emergency exits in relation to your seat or room.This makes a quick escape route.

SAVE MONEY

  • Do you want a money saving technique while flying close to a holiday? Fly on the holiday itself to pay a cheaper fare!

CLOTH DISASTERS

  • Place any breakable items, like perfume or cologne, in plastic baggies prior to packing. This way, if they break your clothes are spared the mess!
  • Keep clothing wrinkle free by “rolling” articles in dry-cleaning bags when packing.

LIVING FOR YOU

Right now everyone is probably telling you what you should or shouldn’t do, where you should or shouldn’t go. It can get pretty exhausting. Don’t let it get to you, there is hope yet.

Take time off for you. Travel, See the world. Go somewhere they said you couldn’t. Shout. Take photos. Go on an extended road trip. Go bunghee jumping, you won’t live again so take this life and give it every bit of you. Take a risk, enjoy the thrill it brings.

It isn’t too late to live your life like it’s your own.

 

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THINGS TO DO AS YOU TRAVEL

Sometimes when travelling, it takes quite a while to get there. It could be a long drive or a flight but here are a few ways to pass the time till you get to your destination.

READ

This is an interesting way to pass the time as you travel. You can opt for eBooks or old fashioned books and lose yourself in a story till you get to your destination.

 

 

SING

This is as good a time as any to practice your singing. Turn up the music and sing along to your favorite songs, songs you once knew and even those you’re not quite fond of.

SLEEP

This is a good time to catch up on sleep knowing you don’t have to wake up for a while. Just relax and fall into a slumber for as long as you need.

ENJOY THE VIEW

If it is scenic, enjoy the view and take a few pics. It will lighten up your mood.

GUILTY PLEASURES FOR YOUR TRIP

I usually find packing for a trip a bit hectic because there are so many things I would like to take along and yet carrying heavy baggage is not fun in the least, so it’s a matter of prioritizing- basics and guilty pleasures. There are things that are an essential in every safari, then things you just can’t give up for a weekend, or fortnigh or month. Here’s a guide on how to mix a match;

BASICS

A flashlight can come in handy for people who like to take night walks or even just be prepared for emergencies. Would you rather be in the dark without a light or have one in case it gets dark??

For the astronomer or bird watcher, a pair of binoculars is a must have. Nothing like improved sight to view the stars or birds a little clearer.

Comfortable shoes will make walking fun. Lightweight, durable, great soles, waterproof, and  comfortable shoes are a must for each safari trip you need. Flip flops or sandals are great to relax in at the end of a busy day on tour.

In this day and age, a camera is essential. Whether you are a fan of photography or just want to keep pictures of what you saw, and how much fun you had, taking your camera along is a decision you won’t regret. In case of digital cameras, take it fully charged and carry along your charger or batteries because you will definitely need to recharge or change batteries, so much to see.

A hat will keep the scorching sun off your head and out of your eyes. You might need sunscreen too.

For clothing, pack something light but covering the legs if you are taking a hike or walk. You might need something warm for the night.

Entertainment is a choice but I consider it a basic. If you are a book person, music person, carry something to pass the time on a long ride.

Snacks and water. You might want to take along a few things you want to nibble and sip on along the way.

My Guilty Pleasures

I Like to talk to people so my phone fully charged is a must. I like to update, take pics and catalog every bit of my trip.

Chocolate is something I like to eat to relax. So I like to take it on trips to relax.

A travel companion is the perfect compliment to an already good trip. You need someone to experience your trip with you and keep your company

Well enough secrets, pack something you are addicted to, it will definitely make your trip worth remembering.