Travel Tips

- Water - always have water with you. Water is so important for maintaining your body functions as they are constantly tested from different stressors, different environments, and different food. I always carry a re-useable water bottle with me. If you don’t trust the water from the taps, ask someone, do your research, use water purification tabs or buy bottled - but remember to recycle!

 

- Phone charger and extra battery. When traveling solo, your phone is your friend. It is your contact to family and friends; it is your navigation, your information, and your emergency back up. Take care of it and keep it charged. But if something happens or your phone dies, have a written list of numbers to call in case of emergency - wherever you are, there will someone to help you or there will be a phone booth you can use.

Sombrio Beach, BC, Canada

Sombrio Beach, BC, Canada

- Unplug. You are travelling for a reason, not to be on your phone the whole time. Enjoy where you are without the screen distraction. It’s important to stay updated and connected and in touch with family and friends, but you are on your journey to be free and experience different aspects of life and places on this earth. Put your phone away frequently and live in (and for) every moment.

 

- Double-check. Double-check that you have your phone, wallet, keys, and passport. Double-check your flights, transportation bookings, accommodation bookings and location, double check the trails you plan on hiking/biking, double-check your bike, double-check the weather, the food and water conditions, better safe than sorry.

 

- Layers. Prepare yourself for all weather conditions; be ready to strip down or to pile up on your clothing choices. Raincoat, hat and sunscreen are musts. The same goes for having versatile shoes - I have basically been living in my runners and flip-flops (and biking shoes of course).

 

- Trust the process. It’s going to suck sometimes, but you know what? You will only be stronger, wiser, more resilient, more adaptable to change, more accepting for going through it. Travel is tricky and there are setbacks and frustrations and cancelled flights, but stick with it, remember your purpose, remember why you’re on this mission. From crying and standing in line for 3 hours in an airport, having to buy $1500 of new plane tickets, to not being able to access any money, missing people so dearly your whole body trembles, your mind tends to go to the worst-case scenario. It take patience, and practice to flip that train of thought around, and only come to face the worst-case scenario when it’s in your face. It’s not worth the stress of worry. Dance, laugh, smile, breathe - it’ll be okay!

Raglan, North Island, NZ

Raglan, North Island, NZ

- Accept help. You are not alone and so many people before you have gone through the same shit and the same hard times. Let them help you, they are repaying their karma and one day you will be able to do the same for someone else. It’s hard to not feel guilty or like you owe them something for helping you, but that’s what we’re here to do. At the end of it all, all we have on this planet is human connection - let it happen. We all need a hand sometimes.

 

- Talk to people! If not for my last job of being a personal trainer, it would have been very hard for me to open up to meet people, but with practice and courage, you get better at it. If you’re already outgoing, this part will be easier for you, if you’re shy, like I used to be, I understand that it’s scary and you might feel super uncomfortable. You’re going to fumble your words and not know what to say, so just smile, be yourself and it will get better. You will get more comfortable saying “Hey! My name is blank; I’m from blank, what’s your name? Are you from around here? What would you recommend for blank?” Just like anything, practice makes it easier and more comfortable. You will meet the most amazing people if you open yourself up, after all, isn’t this what life is all about? As stated before: the human connection right?

 

- Say “YES” & use your judgment. The more you say “yes”, the more great experiences and opportunities are going to come to you. Of course, listen to your gut and intuition on certain situations if you feel unsure, or unsafe. You’re the boss of your life, do what feels right to you.

 

- Remember your WHY. Remember your reason for leaving home and your purpose for being on this journey. It is so easy to fall back into the same routines and become engulfed by something that is comfortable, to stay in the same place, keep hanging out with the same people, do the same things.  I am personally finding that I am becoming distracted by the easiness of my current situation. This job has provided me with much experience and opportunities for growth and connections. It is easy and stress-free, which is amazing, but by working and living out here in the forest I have also been slacking on my original plan to try to work somewhere in the guiding/environmental protection industries. I have also noticed this in my physical abilities. I have been slacking on my workouts and riding - yes I am still active and getting lots of riding in, but I am not fueling my body properly and I am not pushing myself as hard as I know I can. I need to remember that my physical goal this year is to ride the length of NZ (Tour Aotearoa).

Cusco, Peru

Cusco, Peru

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