Travelling is a part of my life as a hobby as well as a duty. Yet, I do realised that life must be balance. Thats why in every single time I go on for business trip – I always do fun travelling afterwards.
Been back and forward to the UK, Japan and Singapore – I got used to these 3 countries – from the way people socialised, language barrier and most important thing is…how to survived!
UK and Japan are my total bittersweet – since Singapore is just nearby to my home country, Indonesia – so the culture shock is not be a dominant matter.
Thus, from all those bittersweet memories and many lessons learned – I do endlessly shaping myself for who I am now and who I will be later on…
Being the youngest in the family means I always being recognised as the spoilt one – then at some point, I know I need to break that kind of impression. At that time – I was 15 years old, my first encounter that I had in my mind was to travel on my own. I need to let other people see that I’m capable to be own my on – that I can be independent at some point.
And I made it! People starts to look at me as me – not as the youngest and spoilt one in the family.
Now…the taps and tips 🙂
~ Be social! Remember that you are not in your home country – its not them who shall adapt with you but it is you who must adapt to the country you visit.
~ Respect! Always say thank you, sorry and please!
~ Learn a bit of the language. If you go to Japan, at least you much know what is “hello”, “thank you”, “sorry” and “excuse me” in Japanese. People will appreciate you more than you know.
~ Beware! Perhaps in your native country, you can do anything as you wish – yet when you abroad, you should be more aware to your surroundings.
~ Be independent! Especially to solo traveller…remind yourself that you have no one to depend on. You are expected to be able to help yourself.
~ Be prepared! From travel itinerary, maps, transportation options, application on smartphone to medicine and appropriate clothing.
Last yet not least…you should be open at heart and mind 🙂
At least people will know when you are trying your best – as well as do not feel hesitate to ask for other’s help even as simple as asking directions.
Travelling makes you richer in terms of experiences – it is something that money can’t buy – money does buy flight tickets, hotel vouchers and entrance tickets – yet, experiences and memories are priceless.