When it comes to travel, there are a number of factors that make this time honored, tried and true passion of mankind so appealing. There’s so much to see and so much to do in this great, big, beautiful world, so it’s a hard proposition to resist. Unfortunately, some of has have to go without luxury, because it is just that, a luxury. While I would argue that it’s a right, rather than a privilege, economics are quite clear on the matter. Travel can be prohibitively expensive, and the vast majority of human beings live in poverty. Such is the inherently flawed nature of every social hierarchy, after all. But, I digress. Those of us who can afford to travel owe to ourselves, and to those who have to live without, to get out there and see all that you can of this world with the time you have. However, before you give in to wander lust, you’ll want to make a plan for your trip. After all, you won’t be able to fully enjoy traveling if you’re always on edge, worrying about what you might have forgotten in your hurry to get ready at the last minute. Here are a few tips on how to plan a successful trip.
First and foremost, you’re going to want to dress the part. How you dress will, or at least should, depend heavily on where you’re going and when. For example, if you’re going somewhere tropical, or a temperate climate during the Summer, you’ll want light, breathable fabric, short sleeves, shorts, etc. If you’re going somewhere cold, on the other hand, you’ll want to dress in layers so that you’re prepared for both the biting cold and heated interiors. As for fashion, your choices are going to be more open and subjective, but looking your best is important when both meeting new people and representing a foreign country, in a sense. Therefore, don’t be afraid to go big, but you don’t have to go home if you choose to opt out. Jokes side, something classy like the offerings of Saks Fifth Avenue is pretty much universally adored.
Another important facet of travel is learning about the cultures you’ll be visiting. Naturally, the visit, itself, is the best way to learn about other cultures. However, learning a bit about the cultural differences before your trip will help you integrate more smoothly into a foreign culture.