More and more people (particularly in the Western world) are going travelling these days. However, it seems that some of the original spirit that travelling the world brings has been lost in recent years, with companies offering package ‘travel the world’ holidays where everything is included, and with people being too over-prepared before setting off.
“Before you go take out all of your clothes and all of your money, then take half the clothes and double the money”. A wise traveller once said that, and the words of wisdom should be taken into account by all that are thinking of going on a voyage. What it basically means is that you should sell half of your clothes, and it’s better to improvise and buy things along the way then to take everything that you could ever possibly need with you.
Part of the fun of travelling is having little adventures along the way, and there’s no better way to do that then to be slightly unprepared. For example, I once needed to buy some plasters whilst I was in Vang Vien in Laos (a country between Thailand and Vietnam). The experience turned into a great little adventure round some backstreets, where I met all kinds of helpful characters that didn’t understand a word I said! That being said, always be safe and don’t take any risks in a strange and foreign country. Always remember to do your research about where you’re going, and to make sure that you know the dangers that you might be presented with.