In other news… July 2, 2011Posted by That girl in 2011.
Tags: personal, really?!, tips
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The GPS wants me to be super safe.
Thanks, buddy. I’ll just turn up here … into the alley you suggested.
You can’t trust technology. Just ask my gramma.
Travel tips August 16, 2010Posted by That girl in 2010.
Tags: tips, trips
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Since I’m currently traveling, it’s a bit harder to update daily.
So I decided to post some travel tips to hopefully make your trips a little easier.
Have a plan.
Yes, it seems obvious, but I’ve made many trips without any idea what I’m going to do. And they’re usually okay, but there’s always a sense of anxiety that comes with not knowing what I can/could/should be doing in a certain location. At least a rough idea – it could be as simple as knowing you want to go to the beach – of what you want to do will make a world of difference.
Know your limits
If you’re going to Florida and decide to go to Disney World, Sea World and Universal in one day, you’d better make sure you can handle it. That’s a whole lotta walking, especially if you’re not used to it.
So just realize who you are and be honest about how much you can take on without harming yourself or making yourself miserable.
I like to check out my surroundings before I ever leave my home. I usually go to the state or local tourism site and click around. They’re not always the prettiest sites, but they can give you a nice feel for what’s in the area. After that, I get more specific and search for museums (what a geek), vegan food and places to shop. It’ll help you create the plan I mentioned earlier.
Write it down
Two years ago I started keeping a travel notebook. In it, I have sections for each place I’ve travelled to, and the interesting places I want to go or have gone when I’m there (along with addresses, phone numbers and hours of business). For NYC, I’ve got 3 pages of vegan or vegan-friendly places to eat, as I visit, I make notes. Do I want to come back? What did I eat? Was it good? How creepy were the wait staff or customers? This notebook is like gold for me; I don’t travel without it and I don’t leave it in the car.
Bring your own soap
Unless you’re staying for a week or so, there’s no need to open that hotel soap they provide. You use it once to wash your hands, and they just throw it away. If I must open it, I take it with me so I can use it at home or take it with me on my next trip. That’s one of my tree-hugger tips.
Bring your camera
Obviously. And don’t forget the charger and the extra memory card.
Now get out there and see the world!