Traveling soon? Take note of these travel skills so you can come home with more than the typical souvenirs!
How to travel solo
Traveling solo usually connotes one of these: bravery or loneliness. Pop culture has reinforced the image and the story of Eat, Pray, Love but it is so much more: it pushes you out of your comfort zone, you learn how to be more independent, and it gives you a new perspective. Start small by traveling solo to a local destination, then you can go big by going abroad. It may seem challenging at first, but you’ll be surprised at what you’re capable of.
How to pack like a pro
Overpacking is something we’re all guilty of, but as you travel from one place to another, you’ll realize that you don’t need to bring your whole closet. And that actually–you can wear a few things repeatedly or even bring them to the laundry. Also, we suggest you bring favorite snacks and drinks for those in-flight cravings.
How to take good pictures
Traveling opens you up to new places and new people. What better way to document it than taking photos along the way? And not just photos, but good, meaningful photos. These days it can mean using something as simple as your mobile phone or something more intentional like a compact camera or a DSLR. Whichever way you decide to go, taking pictures of your trip gives you a personal souvenir you can share with family and friends.
How to speak in another language
Most Filipinos can speak basic English, something that elicits surprise from other tourists. Take it one step further by wowing both locals and tourists by learning how to speak in the local dialect. Should you find yourself in Thailand for example, keep yourself informed of how to say hello (sawasdee kha when spoken by a female or sawasdee krap when spoken by a male) and thank you (kob khun ka when spoken by a female or kob khun krap when spoken by a male).
How to read a map and follow directions
This might be a no-brainer but in this day and age where everything is accessible via wifi, reading a map is a skill long-abandoned. Even asking and following direction from locals is pretty hard to understand. This really comes in handy when you’re phone dies, so make sure you’re confident to have these skills.
How to make new friends
Meeting new people can be an overwhelming task whether you’re traveling solo or with a group. Some situations are ripe opportunities for making new friends: staying in a hostel, signing up for a group tour, taking a local class. Don’t be shy – reach out and say hello! Who knows, you might even find a new travel buddy or two along the way.
How to haggle
First: remember that when you shop at local stores and markets that you’re buying from people who are trying to make a living out of selling. Don’t be so stingy that they will barely earn from your purchase. Second, when you do decide to haggle, take some time to shop around to compare prices. This way you can also determine what the item is worth to you and how much you’re willing to pay for it. You can also ask for a deal if you’re buying multiple items so you get the most bargain.
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