E016 - How to Travel Like a Boss!
This week on Across The Peak, Rich and I discuss how to travel like a boss! We talk about travel planning, safety and security considerations, and what you need to stay healthy.
Rich’s Drink: Backbone Bourbon
The Show: Why You Should Travel
Challenge yourself! Challenge yourself to become more resourceful and resilient.
Change your perspective and challenge the assumptions you have.
Travel helps you appreciate your own life and the luxury it affords.
Traveling with someone else helps to build and strengthen personal bonds.
Travel promotes experiential joy:
Anticipatory joy - looking forward to the experience
Experiential joy - enjoying the experience in the moment
Post-Experiential joy - the memory of travel will last a lifetime
Have an adventure, do something crazy, get outside your comfort zone!
Escape and relax.
Celebrate! You are only guaranteed RIGHT NOW; tomorrow is a hope at best. Don’t put travel off for tomorrow.
Where are you going?
Does it require vaccinations?
Will you need a visa?
Why are you going there? Is this a business trip, personal trip, or other?
What are you bringing?
Can you get by with less stuff?
Do you need to bring work stuff?
Are you traveling with a firearm?
How are you getting there?
Where are you going to stay?
Who is paying for all this stuff?
What about rewards clubs? We think you should consider them but don’t get married to them for the points! Rewards clubs can suck you into brand loyalty that can make you blind to other experiential opportunities.
Transportation: How are you Getting Around?
Trains and Rail Passes
Passports: if you don’t have one, GET ONE!
A ton of other useful passport info can be found here: https://www.passportindex.org/
City Transit: What you need to know
How/when you pay (cash, card, tokens, tickets, etc.)
Pay attention to insurance and licensing requirements
Know if you need a collision damage waiver (CDW)
Know if your credit card has supplemental collision coverage
Other Travel Considerations
Money, money, money!
Less is not more, more is more, but you can travel on the cheap.
We prefer to use local cash rather than credit cards.
Local cash is fun!
Avoid exchanging money at the airport exchange kiosks.
You may want to call your bank before you travel so you can access your money and lines of credit
Phones, electronics, and technology.
Universal Travel Adapters: This is an absolute necessity in most countries. We really like THIS ONE.
Phones: have the stuff to keep your phone charged
Wi-Fi and VPNs
Use caution with local Wi-Fi
Be reluctant to login to your accounts or pass your credit card number on public Wi-Fi
If you must use Wi-Fi, use a Virtual Private Network; we really like THIS ONE because it is secure, easy to use, and inexpensive.
Safety and Security
Understand the laws in the countries you are visiting; this will require case-by-case, country-by-country research.
Know where the embassy is, and know the embassy’s phone number! Two good numbers to know:
Regional Security Officer (RSO), and
Post 1, which is manned 24/7 by a U.S. Marine
Have enough money to get yourself home!
Sleeping, Eating, & STaying Healthy
Sleep - Refer back to Episode 7 for more information on how to get a good night’s sleep. To maximize your sleep consider traveling with:
Health/Hygiene - Be prepared for some traveler’s diarrhea.
Justin’s Top Five Travel Tips
Learn a little bit of the language: Hello, goodbye, thank you go a long way in the native tongue.
SMILE! Get your head out of your smartphone and look friendly.
Get comfortable getting out of the tourist traps - ask where the locals eat, drink, and hang out.
Bring less stuff - optimize your packing, emphasize non single-use items, and go light!
Justin's Planning Process: Plan loosely, have some things in mind but be prepared to change plans at a moments' notice. Don't get married to the itinerary.
Book of the Week
Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves
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