DNA of a Lean, Mean Traveler…

News | | August 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm




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Have you ever imagined yourself to be just traveling… far far off… On a DIET BUDGET!!!!

michael lac talonAt this point, you have to stay at least once, (if not all the time) in a hostel dorm. Dorms are great for giving you the opportunity to make friends while taking away from you the sleep that u desperately are in need of. And to top it all, the squeaky bunk or the cheap plastic mattress or a heavily snoring roommate, can really take out any fun that was left to be enjoyed…

A wise man once said, ‘when u have to sleep, you have to sleep and cannot do anything else.’ And so let us give you some tips so that u can endure all this and still, are able to catch up on your most revered SLEEP.

  • Ready yourself for anything : Before embarking on any such tour, you should mentally prepare yourself well in advance. If you are doing it for the first time ever, prepare yourself for anything at all. You should stride any difficulty with positivity and patience (2 Ps). Even if you get caught in a bad riot or a town with an emergency curfew on, follow the 2 Ps and the rules and you will be fine. Remember that these hostels would be the only place where you can be safe and out of any trouble.
  • Good pair of earplugs and sleep masks : The first and the foremost thing u need to carry whenever you are off on a tour like this is a good pair of earplugs and sleep masks. We recommend two such pairs so that even if one tears apart, you still have the other to use. It is a vital part of your packing and should be on the top of your luggage list.
  • Security issues : Remember that when you are staying in such cheap accommodations, security risks are the highest. Travelling light with just the basic materials and no shopping on the way is highly recommended. Also all the important papers like passport, visa or driving licenses and money have to be taken good care of, while safeguarding it with utmost sincerity. Remember away from home, these papers are the only things that define you.
  • Be flexible and tolerant : You have to be flexible about when you are going to get some extra siesta. Afternoons is a pretty good time as everybody has headed out. If you have had a bad journey and are suffering from lack of sleep, just take the afternoon off from touring and head for a nice long nap. Being tolerant is a harder one to manage but it works very well. Think about other things and you’ll fall asleep eventually
  • Bed location : Last but not the least; the bed location is a huge issue. Don’t pick the bed near any door or the bathroom if there is one. Same applies if there is a wall of lockers in the room. Even if beds are assigned, you should always request a different number.
  • Once you learn to sleep differently when you are on the road, you will have the heartiest trip ever. You should be ready for any kind of disturbance, be it a child crying through the night or a symphony of bears snoring away to glory. If you can adjust to these issues early on, you’ll manage to get a better sleep which will leave you fresh as a lily for the journey of the next day.
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3 Comments

  1. Debi Prasad says:

    Nicely written article by the author. The author has put all the basis requirements that a traveler need to check before going on a trip. I completely agree with the author that a traveler should be ready to face all sorts of ups and downs while traveling.
    Can I have the contact number of the author…so that I can get some tips for my next round of journey….

    • Debi Prasad says:

      Nicely written article by the author. The author has put all the basis requirements that a traveler need to check before going on a trip. I completely agree with the author that a traveler should be ready to face all sorts of ups and downs while traveling.
      Can I have the contact number of the author…so that I can get some tips for my next round of journey….

  2. vareeja says:

    Good read.. helpful to those who want a travel plan accomodating their budget…!

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