5 Rules to travel by
We spent 9 amazing months traveling around SE Asia and we came up with 5 “rules” to help enhance our journey and create more of a challenge … so here they are:
Always take the stairs
This rule could also be named, “Always take the stairs AND walk.” Now, we actually do walk - A LOT when traveling but because we have so much love for scooters we take advantage of them whenever we can… so to be more accurate we are only going to refer to stairs.
It is important to stay healthy and it’s very easy to be unhealthy while traveling. All the delicious food smells pouring from every corner are just one of the many temptations, accompanied by the partying, sleeping in, the long bus rides eating only chips and chocolate candy… you get my point. As amazing as travel is, it can be very easy to slip into harmful patterns. So we came up with a simple rule - always take the stairs. Avoid escalators, elevators and any other sort of lazy, motorized methods of transportation whenever possible.
2. When in doubt always go left
It is easy to get lost even when using the amazing MAPS.ME (if you haven't checked this app, please do) so when in doubt, always go left. Worst case, you get even more lost but hey, who cares there is something new and amazing to be seen everywhere!
3. Don’t say no
Here is where this rule came from… We were in Malaysia and we went to this simple, little shop on the side of the road to buy ice cream and water. Behind the counter was this sweet, young girl who barely spoke English but seemed very excited that two western tourists were in her shop. She pulled out a box of homemade sweets and offered me a treat. At first my instant reaction was to politely refuse… In the States we do not take food from strangers, we just don’t. But then, my second thought was like, “Wait a second, why not try it? Worst that could happen is that I don’t like it.” I ended up grabbing one that was so delicious - sort of like a pineapple cookie and then I had another, this one had fish inside and that was...a different experience. The point I am trying to make here, is that you should always try new things otherwise you might be missing out.
4. Always have snacks and never skip free food
Simple - always have snacks on hand. As I have mentioned before I am one of those people who gets hangry, you know the feeling when you get angry because you are so hungry? That is me. To avoid needless drama and confrontation we (and by we, I mean Loren) carry snacks.
The second part of the rule “Never skip free food,” this is also pretty self-explanatory. We are budget travelers, so it’s important to save whenever possible. You’ll be surprised how much free food you get on planes, in hostels, and more. Never skip free food.
5. Never pass over a bathroom
Ah, a classic. And one for a reason. For all people with tiny bladders (and really those with big ones) - this is for you. Use a bathroom whenever you’re near one because you never know when your next chance might be. There may be hours before the next one, so trust us - just try to go when you see one.
So here you go... 5 simple rules we lived our lives by for the past 9 months. Very easy to follow but they do make a big difference. We hope you can come up with your own set of rules to make your journey even more enjoyable and memorable.