5 Top tips
- Take a gazillion photos.
Remember your trip forever with a plethora of photos. This is something where there are no negatives and so many positives; awesome photos are the finest souvenirs.
When I get to a viewpoint or anything that looks spectacular, I like to take a few photos behind the lens and then always take some time to enjoy it from the other side of the lens. Find a balance to take it in, and then remember it forever. This leads me onto my next point.
- Back up Every. Single. Photo.
After safety, keeping your memories trumps cash or other materialistic items every time in my opinion. When my camera was stolen in Cambodia, having all my photos and documents backed up made me realise the importance to never think the classic ‘it won’t happen to me’. Keep both digital and physical copies of your passport, visas, driver’s license, birth certificate, health insurance card, serial numbers, and important phone numbers ready to go in case of an emergency.
Backup your files & photos on an external hard drive. Usually a huge 1tb memory one can be bought for around $60.
- Stash a large note in your backpacks most secret compartments (and other places)!
Cash is probably the best thing to get you out of many sticky situations. If you end up on a paradise island that has plenty of palm trees but not a single ATM, or simply lose your wallet this will be your best bet to escape the situation stress free. Some of my favorite stash spots include some obvious ones like socks and backpack pockets. A sneakier one of mine includes an empty washed out shampoo bottle.
- Be an early riser!
Rise early to have the best sights to yourself and avoid crowds easily. An added bonus is that dangerous areas tend to be less dangerous in the morning. Make sure you enjoy those great photos in the early morning sunlight.
- Eat Local food.
Many cuisines such as Chinese & Indian are tailored towards our western pallet. Taste a bit of everything when you travel, even when you don’t know what it is. Use your common sense and go to the street vendor with the queue bending around the corner. Ask a friendly local. We all know where to we eat in small vicinity from our home, use that knowledge! Finally don’t be scared of the food in relation to sickness, the legend of Delhi belly isn’t as common as people think.