Traveling to the Four Corners of the Earth

Written by: Lilly Cobal


Traveling all around the globe might sound like a simple enough concept. It’s easy enough to just grab your bag and stuff it full of your belongings, get your hands on a passport, and then go. While that may sound like the ideal way to travel, by spontaneously just going for it, that would actually not be the wisest decision. Any world weary traveler will tell you that there are way too many things that they wished they would have known before setting out. Being more patient with the process is one of those things. Another thing is to really take your time with the planning stages of you trip. Mapping things out before you do them and realistically planning for everything that can (and just might) go wrong will better prepare you for handling the situation, should it arise.

One of the main things that world travelers will have to figure out is how they are going to afford all of their expenditures. Some people are smart enough to save up for a world wide trip well in advance. There are those who choose to put away a percentage of their wages, in order to save up over the course of many years for the trip of a lifetime come retirement. If saving up for twenty or more years for an amazing retirement trip around the world is not your cup of tea, then you will need to find alternative means of funding your trip.

If at all possible, be sure to bring as much cash with you as you are able to manage. You will run into places along your travels that will not take credit cards. Particularly if you are planning on traveling through more rural places in third world countries. Having too much cash on hand is better than having no means of paying for your way out of a city, let alone for a safe place to sleep for the night. In some places, you may be able to find lodging with kind strangers, but that is not the suggested thing to try and rely on unless you’ve already made arrangements to stay with a trustworthy family ahead of time.

Another important responsibility that you owe to yourself is looking out for your personal health and well being. Healthcare is something that tends to be more expensive here in the states, when compared to many places overseas. Asia and India, for example, tend to have lower costing over the counter and 100% legal medicine that can be purchased while you are on your travels. You may find certain places overseas will be of a higher quality than you would think, which is what is considered a pleasant surprise. Sufficed to say, if you are able to stop by a local pharmaceutical market while traveling, be sure to stock up on anti-malarial medications and similar, in order to prevent illness while in third world countries.

Think ahead on how you are going to get around. Taxis are an option. Naturally, with language barriers posing a likely challenge for you while traveling, you can not assume that your taxi driver knows exactly where your location is going to be. In the states and similar western countries, our taxi drivers tend to have top-of-the-line navigation technology in order to let them know where to go. Many third world countries do not have that same luxury for each and every one of their hundreds of thousands of taxi drivers. If you doubt that your driver actually knows where you are going, be sure to have him double-check with a supervisor or someone of a similar position before setting out. You would not want to end up going a different direction entirely and end up having to double pay them when they blame you for the mistake. Or worse, have to pay for a new taxi driver if they decide to leave you out in the middle of nowhere. This is a situation that can easily be avoided with a little bit of thinking ahead on your own part.

While on the same subject of hiring taxi drivers, there is an unspoken rule about not being able to change the price of the ride once you and your driver are en route. With that being said, there is usually room for haggling between yourself and your driver. Unless they are adamant about their prices, you may be able to convince them of giving you a better deal. Be sure to have them verbally acknowledge it clearly before setting off, in order to ensure that you are not being misinterpreted. If there is ever an issue between you and your taxi driver, either seek help from local authorities or remove yourself and go with another taxi driver instead.

That brings us to the next subject of world travel basics, which is likely one of the most important. Your personal safety should always be kept as a number one priority over anything else when traveling. You can expect the possibility of ending up in a dangerous situation without any forewarning. There will be situations where you may be followed, so being polite but firm in those situations to people who may seem friendly or helpful will prevent the potential of being taken advantage of or stolen from. It is better to be safer than sorry. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation while traveling, then there is no reason to remain in that situation. Communicate clearly, honestly, and directly to everyone you meet and that should lessen the potential of misunderstandings.

Traveling the world can be one of the most exciting and rewarding things that an adult human being can do during their life. Especially while they’re still young. There are plenty of fun events that you can look forward to, so be sure to research what kinds of festivals and events are going on in the areas you will be traveling through. As long as you are realistic in your expectations and cautious in how you handle yourself while abroad, then you will be well on your way to the experience of a lifetime. 


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