A Travellerspoint blog

By this Author: ClaireTraveltio

Jungle Sense: 5 Travel Tips To Learn From Nature

The talk of the town is that travelling is the way to go—digital nomads, bloggers and photographers, anything that gets you out and about in the world, experiencing, adventuring living—is the best gig around.

sunny

shutterstock_198556997-750x500.jpg

In my mind, there’s nothing better than pure experience, plain and simple. But the next best thing isn’t a bunch of books about getting ahead in a world that has yet to form the rules, it’s about getting the goods from another source...one a little closer to home...

Insert: the Animal Kingdom. Between the tiny mice in the fields to the great big elephants roaming the grasslands, there’s things to be learned to make your professional exploits from blogging to photography go smoother, better, and to capture the moments that no one else can get. Because if you’re taking on the nomad AND the digital world, it’s got to be the best of the best. So take a hint out of my playbook, which came straight from the wild, wild, world.

Learn To Carry.

Turtles and tortoises bring their A game everyday. Why? Because they take their essentials on their backs, and never pack more than they can carry. This is important in the animal world as it is in the backpacker world; you’re never going to get anywhere if you’re always after a piece of baggage that’s just a little too much. Take after the turtle, and never pack more than you can carry, or the bare necessities, to get through your adventures—it’s not only lighter but it’s better for a quick escape. And you never know when those are going to hit.

Learn To Blend.

Camouflage is the animal kingdom's best kept secret—except we all know about it so why is it such a secret? Because even though we know about it, it’s just that good[/i].

For travellers on the road, it’s great to be able to walk among the locals undetected, getting the best shots, the best eats, the best skylines, the best everything, because you’ve become a fly on the wall, an invisible witness to the beautiful places and culture around you, and by blending in, you get to look at things that may have never been captured before. Being a traveller means that you are experiencing the world, but reporting back to the everyday reality? That means getting something they can’t get anywhere else. So do your research before heading out, really great research, and learn the tricks of the trade for never getting noticed, even when you stick out like a sore thumb.

Learn To Lead.

There’s no two ways about it, the alpha gets the best of everything. Be it wolves, lions, bison, what have you, the alpha is large and definitely, 100 percent, in charge.

The alpha characteristic is not new to anyone, we all know exactly how a main man (or woman!) acts—it’s about confidence, taking charge, not letting anyone get the better of you, and maintaining strength, be it mental or physical or both, throughout the everyday. When you’re on the road, these kind of lessons are even more important to remember simply because they are that: simple. It takes a little buck up courage and a certain swagger, but the alpha is the role each of us was born to play, even if the feeling is buried really deep down. Striking out on your own into freelance is, in and of itself, a brave step forward, and alpha will surely soon follow.

Learn To Scavenge.

Being the kind of person who will take the world at face value can save one a lot of trouble, but that’s not the best way to see the world and it doesn’t take a genius to figure that out. So instead of settling, learn the beauty of going after a surprise, or anything you can sink your teeth into, because that’s where the adventure is.

Take it from the hyenas, almost left for scraps when it comes to the animal kingdom, and certainly not the highest on anyone’s favorite list of animals. But in the savanna, the hyena is a master of taking life’s possibilities and bending them to it’s will, whether it be a wildebeest for dinner or a lion cub. To get the best out of travel, to sniff out the bars that no one’s been to or the paths that no one’s walked, you’ve got to stop being placated by what’s in your face and start looking for the possibilities. That’s where you’ll find inspiration, and where you’ll find the heart of life.

Learn To Risk.

To learn the history of humanity you have to go back to a couple thousand years, and you have to start with monkeys, something similar, but not, in fact, human. Why is this important, this tidbit of evolutionary history that everyone already knows? Because it proves something else that everyone knows deep down...that the human race, and each person individually, is capable of amazing possibilities, and they all begin with a little word called risk.

Evolutionary theory says that adapting creatures are the ones that survive, ones that find a means to an end; that’s what you want most on your trip, the best sense of finding a means to an end, and that’s not just one kind of animal to look after and learn, that’s an inner journey to find the necessary elements inside yourself. So go on, give a hard look, and get to making the best of what you’ve got—it’s the only way to survive.

Between getting great shots or making sure you’re up and ready for a killer sunrise, there’s always tips of the trade ready to be taken from the wild, and you know they’re tried and true if they exist out there; the great wide wonder isn’t out for play. So get your figurative camo, all the supplies, and your alpha attitude—it’s a sure way to come out on top.

Until next time...[i]bon voyage!

Posted by ClaireTraveltio 22:00 Archived in Kenya Tagged nature of jungle guide animal kingdom laws savanna Comments (0)

5 Places In Australia To Buy A Ticket To Now

These hotspots are waiting...are you up for the challenge?

sunny

long-beach-eden-shutterstock.jpg

Australia is hot right now—well, not literally, they’re summer is actually coming to an end, but it’s certainly still the place to be!

With an inverse schedule (thanks Southern Hemisphere), you’ve got a country that delights in being close enough to Indonesia to get the same sparkling waters and excellent temperatures, but far enough away to cultivate an individual modge podge culture of British, Irish, Asian, indigenous Australian and more.

Want a vacation away from the norm? Then hit up these 5 Aussie goodies for a holiday that you’re never going to forget.

Sydney-Australia-opera-house-featured-shutterstock-162042473.jpg

Sydney

You can’t have an Australia list without Sydney—the city is easily the crowned jewel of tourist spots throughout the country, and it’s really easy to see why. The Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, The Rocks beer and eats, the Chinese Garden of Friendship, the Manly Life Sanctuary, and that’s just the beginning.

While I would suggest even a week long vacation in the city isn’t enough, I think it’s a great way to get started, as long as you put a couple of key stops on your agenda to get the experience like a tourist (all the above mentions) and like a local (the next couple of mentions). Take a coffee at Single Origin in Surry Hills, stop in for a rugby (or cricket) game at the Sydney Cricket Ground, walk The Gap, and brunch at Bill’s in Darlinghurst (Aussies are famous for their brunch, don’t miss it!) to get into the real Sydney, that way you can say you’ve seen the city and not just it’s landmarks.

One last thing: don’t forget to go snorkelling at Shelly Beach. While most people would have you include yourself in one of those big tours that cost a pretty penny, I suggest you grab your own gear and head out to this little inlet that’s a 10 minute walk from Manly Beach. Not only are the fish beautiful and plenty—watch out for the grouper, sharks, and stingrays!—it’s also completely free and requires a little off-the-map adventuring that make it a place most locals love and most tourists miss.

shutterstock-145809995-1412619462-n1uS-facebook@2x.jpg

Perth

Perth, to me, is a verifiable hipster mecca with it’s big parks (check out Kings Park), it’s quaint neighborhood subcultures (this is Fremantle I’m talking about here), adorable boutique hotels, and it’s surgence of prime eating spots that just won’t quit (check out this list, it’s incredible). What’s out there for a hipster not to love?

Easily the gem of the West Coast, Perth combines the things people love most about Australia in one beautiful package. While it’s a glittering skyscraper city, it’s in a prime location for great beaches (and subsequent beach music festivals), lots of authentic shopping experiences (try the Rockingham Markets, with it’s half indoor, half outdoor, all fun set-up), and plenty of really stellar accommodation options for all (have you seen COMO The Treasury? It’s sublime) .

Plus, anyone who knows anything is aware that it’s the birthplace of one Heath Ledger, and if surf bod gods are a regular export of this great city, don’t mind if I just pick myself up and move.

1.jpg

Adelaide

From the zoo to the museum path (definitely check out the Art Gallery of South Australia, the Migration Museum, and the South Australian Museum), to the Cleland Conservation Park and Victoria Square, Adelaide is a hot spot for cosmopolitan travellers that take a specific interest in indigenous and Aboriginal art and culture.

This southern coastal town is not for the faint of heart—it rocks a serious agenda that will please travellers to no end. Head to Kangaroo Island for a jaunt with the jumping Aussie favorites, or go for the Adelaide Central Market if your sights be on wandering between booths and stalls of the freshest, most local, goods and produce around. Don’t forget to take a dip in Waterfall Gully, peruse through Himeji Garden, and book a wine tour for a delectable tasting of Oz’s finest Barossa brews.

And last but not least, if you’re a foodie, get ready to tuck in—the city is a veritifiable smorgasbord for good eats. Need suggestions from Chinatown to Rundle Street? Check out the picks (and reviews!) of dbites; I trust my taste buds of Dee, The Stranger, and Joanne!

dive-on-colorful-coral-reef-via-shutterstock-615x345.jpg

Cairns

Cairns’ claim to fame is none other than the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, and if you travel to the town for no other reason than to get acquainted with the wonderful specimens of a Finding Nemo lover’s dream, then you’re well suited for having an life altering time.

But for branching out of the wetsuit, don’t forget to take in the unfolding vistas and incredible landscape on the Kuranda Scenic Railway (your camera is a must on an expedition to Cairns, the parrot fish aren’t the only things worth snapping!) and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway—they’re unforgettable journeys through some of the most beautiful scenes in Australia. Continue the adventure with a trip to Palm Cove, Queensland and a stop by Fitzroy Island, because if there’s anything you should do while in Cairns, it’s get your full of the kind of tropical sceneries that belong on postcards and travel brochures.

1.jpg

Gold Coast

Gold Coast is the answer to those travellers who can’t get enough of the commercialized, shiny resort world. With Sea World Gold Coast, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, and White Water Park, there’s plenty of places to unleash your inner kid and forget about adventuring off the grid for a slide down a gigantic water spout.

However, Cairns is that rare place where you can also cash in on the beautiful natural wonders—particularly the surf of Burleigh Heads, the rock pools of Springbrook National Park, and the natural vistas of Coombabah Lake Conservation Park, so it’s a shame if you spend it all in the city.

Make sure you don’t miss a climb to the city’s SkyPoint Observation deck, a meal at surfer’s paradise Boom Boom Burgers, and a sunrise (or sunset) at Nobby Beach.

Did I miss any of your favorite cities in Oz land? Or favorite things to do while you’re in one of these 5? Leave me a note and I’ll make sure to adventure out next time I’m in town; I’m always up for a new adventure!

Bon voyage!

Posted by ClaireTraveltio 05:15 Archived in Australia Tagged sydney coast travel holiday gold cairns perth adelaide Comments (0)

Go Travel: How To Face Your Demons & Take The Leap To Travel

How To Face Your Demons & Take The Leap To Travel

sunny

jockeys-ridge-hang-gliding-outer-banks-shutterstock-1024__home-page-scalia-gallery-fullwidth.jpg

Everyone wants to travel more—it’s just the reality of being a human being. We’ve got this natural inclination to pick up our bags and head out of town.

I know your type. You’re the kind that has every travel quote on your wall, from “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page” and “Not all who wander are lost,” and every backdated Cereal publication you could get your hands on. You decorate your room with globes and maps and airplanes, and visit the kind of shops that harken to French Country interiors or Moroccan tea rooms. You’re the travel kind. Except you never take a break. You never actually get out.

There’s a lot of things standing in your way: bills, mortgage, kids, work, puppy, projects, cars, etc. But you’ve seen other people travel and they seem to manage it...right?

But to you it’s different: how do you take a break when you’ve got all these responsibilities, work projects, and lack of plentiful funds?

You plan carefully, and you make sure even if a couple of things go wrong, you head out of town anyway.

Learning how to take the right steps to branching out and taking the leap out into the great wide world is as easy as these 5 steps...so get to getting. You’re one step closer to your dream vacation, and trust me, it’s never been easier.

Articles-women-walking-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff-machu-picchu-peru-shutterstock-see-credit-below.jpg?width=620&height=372

1. Give your boss plenty of prior notice.

Two months notice isn’t too early, it’s how you build the foundation that you’re going to check out. The closer you get, the harder it will be to firmly plan into everyone’s mind that you’re going to be out of the building. Even then, they’re still likely to send you emails and ask you to update things because that’s just the nature of business these days. Resist! When you check out, check out. It’s the only way to really take a break.

And speaking of, maybe put your vacation on your calendar 6 months out and send monthly reminders just to keep everyone on their toes. You can never be too careful.

2. Make sure you’ve always got a passport with a year on it.

I easily think having a valid passport is the greatest thing that a person can have. How else are you supposed to travel the world? And, while you may be puzzled as to why I think you need a year on it—hear me out.

Many countries won’t let you leave your home country, or enter a new country, unless you’ve got at least 6 months, and when I think about it, a year is just a way to be better safe then sorry. Sure, I have no idea why they won’t let you travel right up until your expiration date, but that’s only for me to complain about and not actually do anything about (because the government isn’t likely listening to me, right? If you are, this is a crazy rule!).

So in most places you can safely start applying for a replacement anywhere from 1 year to 9 months before your expiration date, and I definitely suggest that since only the cosmos knows how long it will take for you to get it back.

CWL-JUL-15-access-all-areas-Gyllyngvase-Beach-c-Shutterstock-Stephen-Rees.jpg

3. Apply for a travel rewards credit card.

Some people will tell you not to travel with a credit card, and it’s better to pay with everything up front and just take cash so you don’t overspend. I am not one of those people.

Sure, I know it’s important that you stay on budget when you travel, but I also know that it’s a great backup to have whenever you’re travelling if something unexpected comes up. Plus, the great thing about credit cards nowadays is that if you can pay the bill, then you’re getting paid to use the card. Everyone from Mastercard to Visa are offering rewards in the millions for people booking flights, hotels, having dinner at restaurants, renting cars, you name it. So before you head out, make sure you get a piece of plastic to go with you—it’s pretty good at coming in handy.

4. Get the travel brain.

Think you know the travel brain? The one who downloads all the apps and reads all the guides and maps note of all the best places to eat? Hardly. The travel brain is so much more simple (and difficult than that).

Getting into travel mode is more than just being prepared for travel, it’s getting your prepared for the unexpected, so it’s much more involved than just figuring out what place is good for coffee near your Airbnb.

I want you to get comfortable talking to strangers, being lost in a foreign city and keeping you calm long enough to figure out the right direction, making last minute changes because of weather. Those are the kind of skills that need cultivating when you’re about to head off to travel, and the good news is that if you’re able to talk to a complete stranger in a bar, and keep up the conversation for more than 5 minutes, you’re probably ready to handle it. Quick thinking is what travellers need most of all, and a conversation is a good way to test those skills.

Think you need a refresher? Try these attractioninstitute.com/how-to-get-out-of-your-head-and-stay-out/ (< ERROR: the link title is too long!). They’re better than just getting a good talk going.

1-west-highland-way-scotland alan kraft : shutterstock.jpg

5. Save $20 a week.

Every budget needs a squash fund, and if you start saving $20 a week, you’ll have $1000 by the end of the year. It’s a great way to refresh the coiffures without actually being super savvy—you just need a jar, a little willpower, and maybe some forgetful charms so you can actually leave that money in the jar even during an emergency. Trust me, those dollars will be well spent on travelling! Don’t dip into it for anything!

At the end of the day, getting out of your routine and into travel mode is really as easy as pie—it’s just down to making the right prep changes so that when the time comes, you’re raring and ready to go. So get out, go! And bon voyage!

Posted by ClaireTraveltio 03:29 Archived in Australia Tagged travel backpacking solo_traveling Comments (0)

Travel Cheaper & Cleaner: 7 Ways To Cut Spending And Travel

Getting out and about with a little idea for conservation can be both a cheaper, and a more fun experience for everyone involved—including the community you’re visiting.

sunny

5.-travel-with-friends-shutterstock-1024x685.jpg

What’s the best way to travel? The green way!

While it may not be the fastest (fast requires lots of energy, trying running and you’ll get the gist of it) or the most cosmopolitan (the Ritz Carlton in general has the upper hand on hostels but who’s counting the stars), but being good to the earth is so much better than just pampering yourself from location to location, because ultimately, all of those locations will disappear if we’re all not a little more careful.

And the even better part about riding it green? You’ll get to see and do things that no one staying in a penthouse is going to be able to experience, because no one who is throwing a towel out after one use is willing to climb to a sky temple (it’s not a fact maybe, but I feel pretty good about hedging my bets).

So take a load off on the couch, unroll your water bottle, and sign up for some volunteer projects, because it’s never been easier, or more fun, to take your travel a little cleaner.

==Take your own water bottle everywhere.==

Get rid of that plastic one you keep refilling in the sink—not only is it horrible for the environment for you to buy one in the first place (it’s a mark up around 2000% when you get bottled water) but it’s got a high chance of having BPA chemicals in its material composition (and that stuff can kill you.

So how do you save the world and get free water at the same time? Roll away water bottles, all day, every day. My favorites come from Vapur, bottles like the Element and the Eclipse offer a wide range of color and size options for the discerning backpacker. And not only does it mean cheaper sips with every thirst quench, but it also takes up less room in your bag. What could be bad about that?

==Couchsurf.==

Since people have finally mainstreamed hostels (Thank goodness! They needed the good PR...) it’s time to take on the next taboo accommodation: couchsurfing.

In the age of Airbnb and Uber, the share economy all-stars, it just makes sense to make good use of couchsurfing. I know, there’s plenty of ideas about risk and not being able to stay with a stranger and plenty of fear, but the truth is, staying with people who like to host tourists means you get an in-house guide to the new place you’ve decided to stay. I can’t say that I’ve ever had a bad experience (though an awkward run-in every once in awhile—it happens when you’re sharing showers!) and I love being with a local who can tell me exactly what’s worth seeing and what can be things that are worthy of a miss. Even reading guides isn’t quite as good as having a conversation so I suggest everyone at least give it a try!

==Take bus transportation.==

Buses (and trains) are way more eco friendly than their high flying counterparts, which is exactly why you should commit to seeing a little bit of the countryside (or in a bus case, a lot of highway) because it’s just that much better for the environment in terms of fuel used (7 times, if you’re curious. Flying uses 7 times more fuel).

And the good news is buses have come really far (joining the 21st century far) and include great things like bathrooms, snacks, wifi, and adjustable reclining chairs so that it doesn’t have to be the kind of experience that you probably have pictured in your mind with dread. Grab a book! Grab a friend! And grab a bus!

==Don’t buy cheap souvenirs.==

I’m talking shot glasses as well as those cheap iPhones you keep eyeing as a backup for the one you already have in your bag. I’ve got bad news about both.

First, that shot glass was probably made in China or Bangladesh, and the only time you should buy things from there is when you visit both of those places individually. When you outsource goods like that you undermine the current loot with a homemade tag, and I’m much more about the authentic, made by the locals, stuff anyway. Second, that iPhone isn’t doing anyone any favors if it comes with an iCloud lock on it (it means it was probably stolen and you’re taking part in the black market, and I’ve had a friend who got one. The juju is bad, guys. Really bad. So just buy local!

==Choose a volunteer project.==

My first project with GoEco was interning at a hostel 2 years ago, and not only did it help jumpstart my travelling career and make me unafraid of hostels at the same time, it also felt good because it turned me into the kind of traveller that was concerned how I was affecting the places that I went to. Now I’ve got a couple different programs under my belt, from medical assistance in Southeast Asia to animal conservation and rehabilitation in Africa, and there’s nothing that feels more rewarding that going abroad and putting some more good vibes out into the world (if you buy one of those stolen phones you can counter the bad karma here!).

==Eat street.==

Restaurants spend a lot of money and resources trying to get you into their restaurant, and then they spend more to keep you there, sending you out with takeout packing is just the cherry on top. So what do you do if you’re the social conscious kind of person who uses their cloth towels a couple more times than just one shower, ditto for the kitchen napkins? You eat street.

To say that street vendors aren’t using energy to get started isn’t only a lie, but it’s not what I’m pitching. I’m just saying that they use a lot less to send you out into the world with a doner kebab or a chicken satay than the Michelin star hotspot. So go get yourself a klobasa smothered in mustard and call it good for the environment—because when you compare it to the alternatives, it actually kind of is.

==Go with friends.==

There’s no doubt that adding friends to the lineup is going to make it more fun, but it’s also going to make it cheaper and more economically sound. Say you guys rent a hotel suite to share, a car to trek across South America, a table to eat at—all of these things are made better by your bigger numbers sharing in on the fun. Not only are you cutting down on cost for each different person with each additional person, you’re also more likely to not be wasteful, since someone in the group is going to pick up the slack. And sharing? Sharing is caring. So next time you want to head out into the world, grab your friends; they’d definitely like to get out too.

Simple steps are all it takes to getting the right combination for a fun, eco-friendly trip so why not take my advice and get packing today? I hear Kayak has some great daily deals on last minute trips and you don’t really need to finish that last paper, or that last office project....go live a little!

Bon voyage!

Posted by ClaireTraveltio 03:10 Archived in Australia Tagged travel green backpacking couchsurfing street_food group_travel Comments (0)

The Beauty Of Loving The Travel Realtionship

If you’re here for secrets of the heart, you’re in the wrong place.

shutterstock_145171495.jpg

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not full of tactics on how to keep your one night stand in Aruba the only real international relationship you’re ever going to have. That’s not it at all. I’m just a little less gushy when it comes to the romantic stuff.

It means I’m putting all of this down to a science.

And how do I know it works? I’ve tested my own few theories, and that of my friends, and while I wouldn’t say it's fool proof (although I’ve had no personal complaints) I do have a habit of taking the sentimentality out of real world experiences, and it makes for easier understanding, and for me, better results.

So go on about how you love the romantic walks in the evenings and the candlelit dinners, how you always saw yourself falling in love abroad and moving in with your international hottie. But here, we’re all about basics, and that’s got nothing to do with the fairy tale.

Pick A Place, Pick A Situation.

It is statistically proven that one night stands come from clubs and long term relationships come from the bookstore. Actually, I’m kidding and totally made that up. But where you are when you meet someone is a really great indication of how your relationship is going to go.

If you’re at a club, bumping and grinding, and getting your groove thing on, along with all the other tourists within a 25 mile radius, chances are you’re going to get someone (and fast). How long that someone is going to last is a different matter entirely. The likelihood is, they’ll be gone as fast as they came.

If you’re at a bakery, or a restaurant, or an open air market (especially during the daytime), and you meet someone who wants to spend time with you then and later, it might mean that things are going to be a little more seriously. As opposed to the club, daytime dates outside of the strobe lights mean you have to focus on the other person, get to know them, hold a conversation. Most people, and this is conjecture for sure, tend to spend a little longer when effort is required. It’s just math; you want something out of what you put in.

So when it comes to looking for love on the move, pick your type, short term or long term, and then seek out those places. It’s a simple equation.

Be Safe.

Sex and travel go hand in hand; it’s just the truth. But being safe healthwise, while super important, isn’t the other thing you have to watchful for while you’re going from place to place. There are also other risks involved.
Even though you’re on vacation, don’t get in too deep with someone you’ve just met, no matter the situation. Stick to keeping the three m’s off the table: money, marriage, and maybes.

Money is self explanatory; you can get in deep with that quick, and it’s just better not to. Marriage, ditto. From green card relationships to marriages of convenience, you don’t want anything to do with it. Even if you’ve been in a relationship for the entire extent of your freelance work project that took 6 months, in my opinion, it’s not long enough.

And for maybe, the key is to keep conjecture out of the relationship. With an uncertain future, maybes can kill you faster than an international super flu. Don’t say “maybe we can do this one day” or “maybe we’ll be together forever,” because no matter what side of the relationship you’re on (I’m talking to you, boys), the wishful thinking is unnecessary. Keep it simple, keep it realistic.

Don’t Look For Anything.

The saying is you’ll find it when you least expect it. It’s good advice, but it doesn’t solve any problems. So what do I mean by not looking for anything? I mean lowering your expectations to zilch.

Instead of saying that this is bad because you’re letting yourself down, I say it’s good for exactly the opposite reason: if you have no expectations, everything is good news. It’s not shorting yourself, it’s allowing yourself not to be boxed in.

Take a conversation for what it is: a chance to get to know someone. Take a night out at the pub as a chance to try new beers and be with friends. That hostel room full of people you don’t know? It’s a place to find a souvenir shopping buddy. Maybe all of these things lead to a special moment, or a relationship, and maybe they don’t. But the key to giving each of these situations an opportunity to be more is by allowing them to become more on their own, rather than you forcing an agenda on them.

Truth is, the girl in the bunk bed above you may not be the right one, but if you have a good time together, she might tell the hostel receptionist about it, and maybe that receptionist thinks you’re cute and you might be fun to hang out with, and then seeks you out because she’s interested. You never know where things will lead, so don’t direct them. Let them go whichever way they want.

Lost In Translation?

How do you talk to a girl? You talk. How to talk to a guy? You talk. It’s really not any more complicated than opening your mouth and letting words come out. And it definitely shouldn’t be. Where things can get hairy, is in the translation. But more on that later.

For people who have a hard enough time breaking the ice in their own language, I have news for you: international dating is exactly for you. Wait, what? But seriously, it is. In many instances, people don’t know what to say on home soil because they aren’t sure what is interesting to the person they’re meeting. But as a traveller, you have built in dialogue ready to go, and chances are, you’re going to get people interested, even if it’s not romantic interest. You’re from a far away place, with a whole different set of experiences, and that’s interesting to people because it’s new and different.

When it comes to the translation part, it’s more about decoding behavior than it is understanding a new language. Social norms in different cultures can mean wires are crossed every once in awhile. But don’t worry, even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, body language speaks volumes. If they’re making eye contact, and facing you, odds are they’re attracted to you, even on a platonic level. Keep talking, they’ll get the message.

Expiry Dates Are Real.

When you’re travelling under a study visa, or a work visa, or even under a tourist visa, you’ve got a “sell by” date that is virtually unavoidable (marriage can make it avoidable, but refer to #2 for why it’s not a safe bet). At some point, you’re going to either have to pack it up and move relocate back to the motherland, or you’re going to have to do some complicated (and sometimes expensive) maneuvering to get access to another visa.

Here’s the thing: many relationships flourish better with this sell-by date. Whether you’re one who likes to get one and hold on, or one who likes to get one and throw ‘em back in, the expiry date can be freeing in a lot of ways. First, it means you don’t have to worry about the future, but focus on the now (this is a really good idea, and comes naturally, when travelling). Second, if something is serious enough to last the test of the long distance stretch, it means you might actually have something, you’ve beaten the odds, and you should pat yourself on the back for making things work. And they do work, with a lot of work, but it’s possible.

But the main thing is this: international relationships are places to explore yourself, new cultures, new customs, new places, and to figure out who you are. It may sound weird, but an international relationship is just as much about opening yourself up to life as it is to opening yourself up to a new person.

So get your boots and get on your way, it may mean an adventure for your heart or an adventure for your soul (or both!); either way, it’s an adventure. Bon voyage!

Posted by ClaireTraveltio 06:36 Archived in Aruba Tagged travel love travel_relationships happiness_abroad Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 5 of 7) Page [1] 2 »