Travel Tips for the Budget Traveler
On My Travels, I've Learned...
For every amazing travel photo that you see plastered around the Web, there are hundreds of more mishaps and imperfections hiding away on someone's private computer. Photos and travel moments that they would only ever share with the closest of friends and family - and sometimes not even with that tight of group. For occasionally, travel lessons are so embarrassingly severe that one never wishes to speak of them ever again, but unfortunately for those people, there always seems to be at least one witness to their embarassing moment who's far willing to spill the beans. Mwuahahahaha!
I Want to Travel, But I Don't Want to Travel Alone
Rob and I have fairly similar tastes, but even with us we both get dragged to somewhere we don't want to be and forced to do something we don't really want to do (or rather, watch the other one do). For him it's my obsession with dinosaurs and other "lame" for-kids stuff. And no, I don't mean he thinks the dinos are for kids; I mean I literally drag him to kids' entertainment programs and have no qualm with competing against or playing with twelve year olds. What, I really like face painting and coloring and playing with balloons. haha. But when you travel solo, you only have to go where you want to go. You don't have to compromise with someone else or feel bad about wanting a detour to something only you will fully enjoy.
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I hate the word 'suffer' when talking about a medical problem. We (I 'suffer' from chronic pain) shouldn't automatically be labeled as something incomplete, as people that can't ever have a joyful or fulfilling life because well, screw that. Yeah, we might hurt a hell of a lot more and yeah, we might struggle with some everyday tasks, but we are not incomplete. We are not people to be pitied and WE DO NOT need to be told that we can't do something a 'healthy, full-bodied person' can simply because we're a bit different. And the same goes for traveling for there are even people that do so in wheelchairs. Solo.
Help! My US Passport Was Stolen Abroad
The soonest slot available to book an appointment at a US Embassy or Consulate is normally a week away, so try to book for your new passport as soon as possible. If, however, you book one and then realize that you cannot make it for whatever reason, DO NOT FORGET TO CANCEL SAID APPOINTMENT. The consquences of failing to do so can be ridiculously severe, like being forced to wait another 6 weeks before you can schedule another one...
The Galaxy's Guide to Hitchhiking
As unfortunate as it to have be judged based on your appearance, unless you travel with a loud speaker there’s just no other way to tell people that you’re carefree, innocent, laid back, non-threatening, and friendly. So to do this non-verbally you must wear bright and happy colors. You smile as if chatting with a friend. You put your backpack somewhere drivers can easily see it and thus label you as a traveler. You hide your blood soaked axe and crazy eyes behind a innocent-looking female. You uncover your face and stand with your legs shoulder-width apart so you seem open and trustworthy.