Mundane Travel Mementos

When it comes to travel, people have their own kinds of favorite souvenirs. The idea is that you get to bring something back with you, when you head home, and it reminds you of your travels and adventures. Some people really take the time out to visit a local market or shopping mall, so that they can buy something like a magnet or keychain, or something larger. Other people take a different approach. Instead of collecting trinkets, they take a lot of pictures and use those photos to jog their memory back home.

I like the idea of keeping the more mundane things. For example, I like keeping the plastic cards that I end up purchasing or using while I’m abroad. Some of these cards are used to get on the train, or some other form of transportation. Other cards are passes to places like museums, movie theaters or other entertainment venues. These cards are like a slice of life in those other countries, so when I look at them, I’m reminded of my travel there.

Setting Up Overseas Safety Nets

There are a lot of upsides to travel. Most of these are pretty self-evident. At the same time, however, it’s still important to keep in mind that there will always be risks involved, if you are going someplace you haven’t been to before. After all, you’re going out of your comfort zone. It can help if you’ve been to that particular place before, but that won’t necessarily take away all of the risk. So in order to help reduce the risk, you want to look at possible safety nets.

One important thing to do is try to imagine what would happen if you were to run out of money, or if you were to need more money for a particular activity. Thankfully, overseas money transfers are usually something that can be done in many towns and cities around the world. It would be better though if you could already do a quick check of the area where you will be traveling, so you can acquaint yourself with the money transfer places that are convenient to access as well as safe and secure.

The Internet and Adventures

I’d like to think that I’m a pretty adventurous person. I don’t like guided tours. I don’t like trips that just involve visiting the usual spots. If I can get off the beaten track and discover something off the grid, that would be more my kind of travel experience. That said, I don’t quite like the idea of going completely off the grid, especially if I’m traveling somewhere for the first time. I still want to have my connections to the rest of the world.

So what does that mean? Well, the first thing I want to make sure of is that I have a way of texting and calling people back home. Then, I want to make sure that there’s some sort of internet access as well. This might be anything from a broadband NZ connection to a mobile hotspot thanks to a telecom provider. Whatever the source, I want to be able to check and send email, go online to get the news, and do other things that will make my trip much more convenient and enjoyable.

Dreaming of Travel, Airports, Motels and More

Different people have different kinds of dreams. Some people want to be able to achieve something in a particular video game. Others want to watch a favorite artist live in concert. Still others want to be able to view wild animals in their own habitat. The list goes on. My own tastes aren’t particularly wild or crazy, but I do dream constantly about traveling to different places and countries.

There’s a bit of a collector in me, I think. So for example, if I read about the top ten tourist attractions in a particular country, it makes me want to visit all ten. It’s a bit like playing bingo, except with travel related lists. I remember that when I was young, I wanted to be able to visit all the wonders of the world. That’s still something that I think about, though I don’t know if that will ever happen. Or for instance, if I see something online about the various Bella Vista motels, it makes me want to visit all of them, again like a giant game of bingo. That seems more doable to me, and I’m sure that I’d enjoy being able to visit all those different parts of the country.

Things are, of course, different now that I’m an adult. When I was a kid, I’d just think about how I wanted to travel all over the world. But now that I’m older, I know that you need to take so many things into consideration. How am I going to afford the plane tickets, the stays in various motels, the food and all the other costs that come with travel? How will I be able to set aside enough time so that I can travel regularly? There are so many things to take into account. But I haven’t given up on my travel dreams. Instead, I continue to study ways to try to make these feasible.