The Anti-Tourist

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Getting ready for an adventure

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There’s absolutely nothing better than looking forward to your next trip - and planning it is almost as exciting as actually being there! Here are some tips on how to get ready for your next holiday...

Decide How Much You Want To Wing It

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First of all, it’s important to decide just how much of your trip you want to leave up to chance. It often depends on how long you’re intending to be away for - if you’re backpacking for a month, then it’s a whole lot easier to make decisions while you’re there and as you get to know the places that you’re travelling to. If you’re only going away for a long weekend then it’s often a good idea to make a list of things you’d like to do while you’re away, so that you can cram in all the city’s best sights and tourist attractions. If you aren’t sure what exactly to do or how to plan your trip, look up a company like Artisan Travel to help you figure out what you should do - let’s face it, the professionals always know best.

Make Sure Your Finances Are In Place

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No holiday is worth putting yourself into financial difficulties, so it’s important to make sure that your finances are fine before you leave. If you’re going backpacking, make sure that you budget your cash to ensure you have a cushion left over so that if you have a problem with your hostel booking or if you need to fly home quickly, you’re able to do so. A lot of the time, having a little extra money means having a little extra freedom and it can mean the difference between having to walk through a dangerous part of a foreign city and being able to take a taxi back to safety - don’t splash all your cash on your first day away.

Pack What You Might Need

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Packing isn’t really as much fun as the rest of preparing for your trip - given the choice between making a list of the best tourist sites in Rome and sorting out which pairs of socks you’re going to take with you, most of us would choose to read about the Colosseum and which pizza restaurants are the best ones to go to. But it’s still an important thing to do, and the number one thing to remember is that you probably don’t need as much as you think you will, particularly if you’re going backpacking. If that’s the case then you need to focus on taking layers with you, like tights to wear under shorts, cardigans for the evening, and light scarves to cover up your shoulders and head if you need to. Make sure that you take medical supplies with you like plasters and any medication like painkillers and stomach settling drugs for any food that doesn’t agree with you. If you’re going to hostels, take a sleeping sack so you don’t get bitten by any bed bugs, and make sure that you take all your chargers with you so that you can use your electronic equipment.

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