Don't let your fear dictate how you will live your life.
Don’t let your fear dictate how you will live your life. Life is short, have fun and explore.
Don’t be that person who regrets you didn’t see more of the world...
Take the leap. Book a trip. Just do it, like Nike says. There are so many reasons people allow travel to remain a vague idea—budget, time, family commitments—and never actually get around to it. All of these obstacles are definitely surmountable with a little education and creative thinking. Don’t be that person who regrets you didn’t see more of the world during your last days on earth.
Be confident in your own abilities.
Be confident in your own abilities. Know that you can handle whatever challenges come your way and remember to ask for help when required.
Don't wait to retire to travel.
Don’t wait to retire to travel. When you retire your income changes and possibly your health too. Even if it is only for long weekends travel now.
Learn how to say Hello, Please and Thank You
If nothing else, learn how to say Hello, Please and Thank You in every language. You’d be surprised the difference that can make.
Do your homework and go!
Step out of your comfort zone. Some people warned me about going to Myanmar just a week before their contentious election, but it turned out to be a safe and highly rewarding trip (despite food poisoning). If you paid attention to every U.S. State Department warning you would never leave home. Do your homework and go!
Leave yourself time to wander...
Leave yourself time to wander around the back streets or to drive around country roads – you’re bound to find something interesting.
Concentrate not just on seeing things but trying to understand different cultures...
Concentrate not just on seeing things but trying to understand different cultures, that’s where the treasures lie.
Don't over pack.
Don’t over pack. Only take what you can carry onto the plane with you. So much time is wasted checking bags and who needs to haul around all that extra weight. We never check bags. We can fit everything we need under the seat in front of us.
Be flexible and don't forget your sense of humor.
Be flexible and don’t forget your sense of humor. Things will rarely go as planned. Semper Gumby!
Learn to say "hello"and "thank you" in the local language...
Learn to say “hello”and “thank you” in the local language, smile and be polite. These small things go a long way.
Don't over plan
Be flexible and don’t over plan and try to schedule ever aspect of your trip.
Just go. Today, travel is easier and more rewarding than it’s ever been in the history of mankind. If you have a passport and a credit card, you can literally go anywhere on earth at will; there’s a plane leaving in a few hours. As well, since more and more people are travelling, it’s best to go now, before the places you want to see have changed — tourism does have an effect on places. I strongly believe that travel combats the prejudice and insular thinking that plagues the world, and gives rise to the kind of isolationism we’re seeing these days.
Be open to different cultures so you can fully experience the trip.
Don’t be afraid to travel. Even with language barriers, it’s so easy. And be open to different cultures so you can fully experience the trip. Lastly, life is short so don’t wait until you retire. Get out there now and experience the world.