Rollerbag Goddess Rolls The World
In travel, as in life, there are many lessons we can only learn the hard way. So that you might avoid making these same mistakes, here are eight bits of painfully gained wisdom; some of which you probably know, most of which came at a high cost to me or my friends.
As a lone female traveler, I had carried a small pocket pepper spray with me for a month in Europe one which I never needed. At the airport, the trash bins were full, so I turned it over to a police office so it wouldn get into the wrong hands. The good deed meant I was threatened with jail time, the entire plane was held and I paid a ticket totaling $350 Euros. Ouch.
Metered taxi fares don have to be negotiated make sure the driver restarts the meter when you get in. But if there no meter, or the driver won start it, settle on a price before gettin hollister g in the cab.
Photo by Charish Badzinski.
Lesson 3: Negotiate price before getting into a taxi.
Site of lesson learned: Nice, hollister France
My hotel was only 1km away, which I knew. But it was night, I was in an unfamiliar city, and I didn really know my way. So I got into the taxi. It cost me $15 Euros for that brief ride, and to this day it just tans my hide. Always, always settle on a price before you enter a taxi.
Relationships are challenging enough. Within the pressure cooker of travel, they can either grow fast as fungus or explode in a mushroom cloud. If you traveling with strangers, be prepared to feel like intimate friends within an accelerated time period. If you traveling with friends, be prepared to navigate some tension.
Lesson 6: There are few problems credit cards can solve.
Where card was swiped: various
Remember the pepper spray incident in Amsterdam? Thank you, Visa! Don sweat the small stuff from lodging issues, to getting lost, to being sick, hungry or cold, your credit cards can get you out of any number of binds. Just be sure to call your financial institution to make sure you can use them on your journey and be sure you aware of charges for overseas use.
Site where I was schooled: Nogales, Mexico
I was a young girl when I visited hollister the border town of Nogales with my family. I prided myself in driving a hard bargain for everything, and I got some good prices on a few souvenirs. Once back in the States, my father wisely pointed out that the people with whom I was bargaining didn make mu hollister ch money. It dramatically changed my point of view on bargaining. Now, I look at the goods and services provided in terms of what I am willing to pay for it, not what I think I can bargain vendors down to. It makes me a terrible bargain hunter when I travel, and I take pride in that.