As you travel more and more, you’re bound to learn things about yourself and pick up a few new handy travel-related skills along the way. From that lost, overspending and bad time-managing girl you were on your first few independent trips, you will somehow eventually transform yourself into a travelling pro. Oh, what you’d give to know then what you know now about.
Seasoned traveller Hanie Hidayah of whatevertherewas noticed the change in herself and shares a list of skills she’s gained from all her travels:
1. Organisational Skills
All those times when you prepare your schedule – which places to stay nearest to the train, sorting the documents you need to enter a country together all the way to making sure you have everything you need on the trip builds up your organising skills. Building a successful itinerary takes time. To start, take itineraries available from other websites or tour companies and adapt it to your own preference.
Useful App: TripIt
Travel Tip: If you’re a paper and pen kind of person like me, get a little notebook that fits in your bag or pocket to write all your information down. Break it down day by day per page and put information according to day. This way you can keep track of things you want to do vs. what you have done. Think of it as a grocery shopping checklist.
2. Research Skills
Travellers make the best researchers. They’re able to gather data, compile them and assess for the best results. Backpackers are often searching for the best and lowest deals, adventurers are always in search for off-the-beaten paths and luxury travellers are always looking out for the best services they can spend on. In any way, independent travellers are good at researching things online or offline.
Useful App: Kayak
Travel Tip: When doing your research, always try out multiple key words on search engines. Blogs are usually the best source of first-hand information and do not settle down on the first five sources you get. Always go for above ten, and combine them for the best result.
3. Money Management Skills
Most travellers have to stick to a budget while travelling, and this discipline ensures them to be cautious with spendings as they maximise their experience. Travellers are always dealing with money while they are travelling, so having this experience will somehow bring out their skill in managing expenses and keeping money.
Useful App: Expensify
Travel Tip: Separate your cash in zip lock bags according to categories – number of days or the usage (food, hotel etc). Place a piece of paper inside the bags, and each time you take out some cash you must record it on that piece of paper. If you’re more of a pre-planning person, you could separate the cash according to the amount you already know, use a paperclip to separate them with a note on the purpose of the cash. Only take it out when you’re paying.
4. Time Management Skills
Sometimes you party the night away before you leave a country, and end up hungover and late to the airport. I have to be honest that I’ve also had my fair share of arriving late and denied entry at the boarding gate. However, this happens once in a blue moon. Flight tickets are costly for us frugal travellers so missing a plane will take a chunk out of the budget. Travellers usually have a short period of time to spend in a place, so managing their time better helps them maximise their days. Seasoned travellers are able to estimate their time according to activity and distance, so they usually have the best skills of managing their time.
Useful App: GateGuru
Travel Tip: Do not try to cram in too many activities in a day. Managing your time better means being able to estimate the amount of time you’re willing to spend in one spot before you leave for another, making sure you’re not exhausted in the end and rush throughout your day.
5. Being Resourceful Skills
A real traveller is not someone who is spoon-fed from the point of arrival to the point of departure. That, is called a tourist. Travellers usually are the most resourceful people I’ve met. They somehow manage everything and figure out travel-hacks to work to their benefit. They look up information, and are willing to ask strangers for help. They are not stingy with information and generally have a positive attitude.
Useful App: WikiTude
Travel Tip: Most cities have a tourist information centre and usually they offer free maps, brochures and guides to explore the city. For non-English speaking countries, the tourist centre is your best bet to find a person that could help you out as most of them are trained to speak English. <cont.>
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Reposted from: Whatever There Was
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