Over the years I have developed a few simple rules for travel, and they have served me pretty well. So I’m going to share them with you here:
- Travelling and holidaying are not necessarily the same thing. The former can be confronting, tiring, and hectic. The latter is all about relaxing. Make time for both.
- You will never, ever see everything. Accept it, and see a few places properly instead of tearing from place to place.
- At some stage, somewhere, something will go wrong. Accept it before you leave home, and accept it with good grace when it inevitably occurs.
- Be paranoid about your effect on your surrounds (especially people). Your very presence changes the state of the place you are visiting. I have found that by keeping a low profile, people will provide you with a more meaningful insight into their lives.
- Bring gaffer tape. There is nothing it can’t fix.
Why am I giving you this list? Holidays! Awesome…the Excellent Missus and I are off to Singapore tomorrow for a wedding (not ours), then on to Cambodia after that. Despite the fact we are getting married, we have never travelled together for an extended period, so it’s going to be fun trying that out.
For anyone who reads Monkeybizness, the posts will probably be a bit patchy over the next fortnight. But when the trusty internet cafe presents itself, I’ll punch out a few lines about my crazy adventures.