- When you are sightseeing and come across a public restroom, use it. You never know when you will get another chance.
- When departing in an airplane, play “Love like a sunset, Part I” by Phoenix when your plane begins to taxi down the runway. That song always seems to mimic the momentum of taking off, and if it syncs up with lift-off, it feels like magic.
- Bring currency with you for tipping, even if they accept credit cards.
- If you’re not fluent in the native language, be ready with guides and translation apps, even you know some of language and the citizens generally know English. It’s just polite to not assume anything, and you’ll learn more.
- Take a nap if you feel like you need it. (Unless you are jet lagged, then see next point.)
- Never nap when adjusting to a new time zone. I know you are so sleepy but you WILL REGRET IT. Look alive and push through. You can do it!
- Only carry what you need. Only copies of Important documents should be on you, plus the cash or cards you need. It’s safer and traveling lighter feels better.
- Just check the bag. Fighting for overhead space is the gladiatorial fight of our modern age.
- Don’t overplan. You might be more tired on some days, discover an unexpected place you want to visit, or get a last minute recommendation from one of your Insta-followers. Have some flex time.
- Always take photos.
Some photos from my trip to the Northwest (Oregon & Vancouver, Canada) in September 2017:
And from my Bestie trip to Connecticut in October 2017: