After more than 3 years on the road we have had more “that was the best day of my life” days than we can count. And more “I am NEVER going to do that ever again” days than we care to remember.
Over 30 countries through more than 5 continents has tested us to our absolute limits. Physically and emotionally. Individually and as a travelling couple.
After so long on the road, we have learnt a thing or two about travelling and about ourselves. These are our 50 lessons learnt from travelling the world. And while they may not relate to everyone, you may just learn something to help you on your next adventure.
50 lessons learnt from travelling the world
- Jandals are the only travel necessity you need.
- Lack of food while travelling makes for a very angry Cole.
- Lack of sleep while travelling make for a very angry Adela.
- War and politics may divide countries and people. Yet somehow travelling makes these problems disappear.
- Travelling as a couple has made our relationship stronger.
- It is okay to say no to things that you don’t want to do.
- Jasper National Park is nearly more beautiful than New Zealand.
- Anyone can do adventurous travel activities. You just need the willpower.
- Travel should be done as slowly as possible. Where feasible.
- As we get older, we appreciate a little more luxury.
- Adela definitely doesn’t like caving.
- Flights at the crack of dawn are always the cheapest. Because they suck.
- Overland travel is so much easier than flying.
- You should NEVER kiss a snake in Marrakech.
- And travelling sick sucks. You need to stay healthy at all costs.
- Airport currency exchange counters give you terrible rates.
- Australians are everywhere. And contrary to popular belief, New Zealand is NOT a part of Australia.
- Hindsight when travelling is a wonderful idea.
- Sunrises are worth waking up early for. Always.
- You should travel for a reason. Not just so say that you can say that you have travelled to the next “popular” destination.
- You should change your plans just so you can eat a local food delicacy.
- Working overseas while you are travelling allows you to travel longer.
- It is okay to request timeouts while travelling as a couple. Timeouts even work when stuck beside each other in a car driving across Canada and USA.
- Las Vegas really is an adults version of Disneyland.
- Get naked if the locals are naked so that you fit in with them.
- Skype is the worlds best invention for keeping in touch with family and friends.
- McDonald’s are everywhere. But we will only enter one to use their bathroom.
- Peeing in squat toilets is really hard. Prepare to get your feet wet the first few times.
- Street food is tastier and so much cheaper compared to touristy restaurants.
- Learning a tiny bit of the local language can get you so much respect in a new culture.
- It is not okay to stereotype people based on their race, religion, accent or the way they dress, before you get to know them. No matter how many times the stereotype turns out to be right.
- Cute Highland Cows will make the toughest or grumpiest person in the world smile.
- International media are often wrong. Most places they deem “unsafe” are, in fact, very safe.
- Amsterdam is a crazy place. But there is more to it than smoking weed and visiting peep shows.
- If travelling as a couple, make time for “date nights”.
- You need to have travel insurance. Especially if you are Adela.
- Exercise and routine can be important while travelling.
- So is sitting back on a beach and relaxing for the day.
- Travelling should make you open your eyes to change.
- When you are not looking for a toilet, they are everywhere. When you are busting, you will never find one.
- And paying for toilets will never become less annoying.
- No matter how much you have learnt about the Pyramids in Egypt, they will blow your mind in person.
- The more you travel, the more places and adventures we continue to add to our dream list.
- You should tear up your bucket list. Instead, live in the here and now.
- The Roman Colosseum is probably the coolest structure in the world.
- Couples should have to travel together before they get married.
- We prefer exploring adventures by ourselves, rather than on group tours.
- Jumping photos make pictures so much cooler.
- Nowhere is quite like home. But that is why you should travel the world.
- If something is holding you back from seeing the world. Quit doing that thing. Nothing should stop you from travelling.
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Keeping Your Home Safe on a Longer Trip
There’s something to be said about going on a trip that has you roaming around the world for weeks, even months at a time – but as rewarding as the experience can be, it’s not without its hidden dangers that you’ll want to stay aware of. There are some things you should keep in mind before setting off on a trip like that, especially if it’s your first one, in order to minimize the chances of coming back to trouble.
Upgrade Your Security
If you don’t have adequate security systems throughout your home, now is the time to invest in some. A few cameras and automated locks can be surprisingly cheap, and they can also improve the quality of your life in various ways. A garage door opener from Globalgarage.Org can make it more convenient to get inside without too much hassle for example, even if it doesn’t contribute to the security of your home directly. Some devices can also take pictures and even videos and send them straight to your phone in case they detect activity.
Pipes, Gas Lines – Is Everything in Check?
If you’ll be gone for longer, make sure that you shut off any lines that may cause trouble. It’s also a good idea to leave a faucet running at a drip rate if you’ve got any exposed pipes in the winter, as this will prevent the water from freezing inside the pipes and eventually bursting through them. Gas lines are obviously something you’ll want to shut off first, and the same goes for any other potentially dangerous systems that you’re not going to need while away. It may even be a good idea to shut off the power to your home completely if you don’t have any devices that will need it (e.g. a freezer).
Get a House Sitter
If all else fails, you can always consider hiring someone to take care of your home while you’re away. Plenty of people would be happy to do that for you, and they usually won’t even charge much for the job. They would normally be more than happy to help with clearing out any perishables from your fridge, taking care of your pets and other simple tasks to ensure that your home doesn’t deteriorate in any way while you’re gone. And on the other hand, this will maintain the impression that someone is still living there, which can be a perfect deterrent against burglars.
Treating yourself to a nice, prolonged trip is something everyone should do once in a while. However, it’s not something you should approach without any preparations, and you’ll want to make sure that you’re aware of any potential problem that can come up along the way. Other than that, you should prepare yourself for the time of your life, and make sure to savor every moment. Take plenty of pictures, ensure that you preserve the important moments, and if you find a place that feels like a second home, make sure to come back to it every now and then for a relaxing time.
Things To Do While Being Stuck At The Airport
Traveling and the sense of exploration can make you full of euphoria, but that feeling can start wearing off when things do not go according to plan. Euphoria quickly starts to fade when you find yourself at the airport with hours to go for your delayed flight.
While this is not an ideal scenario by any means, most of us have certainly gone through it. It can become all the more frustrating if you don’t have a loved one to kill that time with – or at times, gets worse because you have them! Why? Both of you are at each other’s heads because of the stress!
Depending on the quality of the airport, it may even seem like time has stopped and you will be stuck at that airport for what may seem like eternity.
Okay. Maybe it’s not that bad. However, no one can really deny that it is extremely boring and dreadful to be spending that time with nothing to do. This is why, we thought to put together a list of fun activities to delve into if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Find Online Games to Play
If you happen to have a cellphone or laptop handy with you, try finding games on the internet such as online casinos in Canada or casual apps on the App Store.
The most significant advantage of these activities would be that they are not just limited to the airport lobby, but they will be there for your rescue whenever you want to play casino games online or might want to solve that next word puzzle yourself.
Explore the Airport Eateries
Airport cafes and restaurants in Canada have actually grown to be quite sophisticated in the past few years, and you can find all kinds of delicacies from various cuisines to cater that connoisseur in you more often than not.
For instance, the Toronto-Pearson Airport actually has some delicious food to offer along with amenities that are exclusive to the airport, so you can find a place to charge your devices and eat before you get hangry.
Get That Creative Mind to Work
If you do have someone with you, try doing things that you wouldn’t normally do.
Note: We’re not suggesting that you spend a fortune on a flash mob proposal, just something to distract yourself from your present situation.
The activity we are suggesting is rather harmless and only requires your observation skills. Try looking around and find strangers of whom you could create a profile of. You can make it the most ridiculous story ever or make it sound believable, dealer’s choice!
It’s a better route, it’s better than sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself!
Take a Stroll Around the local area
This might seem like a crazy idea, but it actually proves to be logical depending on where you are.
Some of Canada’s busiest airports are fairly close to the most popular destinations in the country. For instance, if you are stuck for hours at Vancouver International Airport, the Vancouver Aquarium and the Granville Island would be at the driving distance of under 30 minutes.
Similarly, if you are at the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, you would find that Old Montreal and Parc Jean-Drapeau are both just 30 minutes’ drive apart from the terminal.
Ask around and see what your options are for recreation in case your flight is delayed for a prolonged period of time.
Forget That Childhood Lesson
Three words: talk to strangers.
It is the most obvious yet the most strangest of advice that you can get in today’s day and age, an era where you find yourself to be “alone” in a place full of people.
Communicating with strangers and sharing your stories sans your social security and credit card information really isn’t that bad and can sometimes bring about experiences of kindness that you won’t forget for a lifetime.
As long as these people aren’t putting off Pennywise type of vibes, you should be fine.
5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Enjoying Holidays With Your Spouse
Holidays are expensive. According to reports, we spend about $1,145 per year on summer vacations. This rounds up to $4,580 for a family of four. This is a lot of money, which is why we need to pay special attention to planning to make sure it is all worth it.
This becomes even more important when you’re going for holidays with your spouse. It is going to be just the two of you and things can get boring if you do not plan your holidays properly.
To make sure things never get boring, given below are five tips to keep in mind when holidaying with your spouse:
- Travel With Insurance
Accidents come uninvited even if you are careful. This is why you need to take precautions and opt for travel insurance so that you are financially covered in case something goes wrong when you’re holidaying.
Think about it. There are a lot of risks involved. You or your partner may fall sick. There might be an accident or a theft and other such incidents. In fact, it is believed that you are more likely to fall sick when you’re holidaying than when you’re home due to the change in atmosphere.
This can be a pain without insurance, which is why it is important that you opt for it. You can go for individual insurance plans or couple insurance, whichever you find more affordable.
Other than this, make sure to carry your insurance documents at all hours for security.
- Research Various Tourism Places
Make sure to plan in advance and make a list of all the places you can visit with your partner. The internet can be your friend in this regard. There are plans and itineraries available that can help you plan your vacations.
For example, if you are going for seven days, you must divide each day properly. Write what you will day on day 1, i.e: what all places you will visit and how much it will cost you.
Budgeting is very important. Without proper planning, you may run out of cash and get in serious trouble so make sure to create a budget and stick to it.
Some places are cheap while some places are expensive. You need to make a list of places you can easily afford so that there are no issues. Other than this, do not forget the importance of mutual consent.
Both the partners should like the plan. You should not go to a place if your partner is not interested as it may ruin moods and cause trouble. Other than this, consider enjoying partner activities together, such as massages and romantic dinners to come closer to each other.
- Book a Couples Resort
There are many advantages of considering couples vacations resorts. They come with a lot of benefits. Firstly, they are designed for couples so you will get great activities to enjoy. Plus, privacy is also well taken care of.
Just find the right resort and you will be able to have great fun.
- Advance Booking
The recipe to enjoy holidays is to save as much money as you can on the trip so that you can shop, stay for more days and don’t fall short on anything. One way to save money is to book hotels and air tickets in advance.
According to reports, you can save up to 20% by booking about a month in advance. However, this also depends on the destination and season. A good idea is to visit a travel agent and let him or her help you plan a trip on a budget.
If you want to prevent your holiday experience from getting ruined then make sure you follow these tips
Meet Cole and Adela
We have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...
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