So in my Evernote (think of it as an online notebook/diary) I have been keeping and updating a list of skills I would like to learn before setting off on our RTW Trip. It’s entitled “Before I leave”. It made me curious as to how many other travellers, bloggers, international friends had a list of things they wanted to achieve before departing their Motherland too, is this a common practice? I know there is a whole lot of writing up of checklists to do with planning and execution of a RTW venture, but what about skills, attributes and traits you’d like to practice, attain or refine before leaving? They may add to your trip however aren’t essential for it to progress forward.
I want to share my list with you all today and I really want to hear of things you may add or if you have a similar checklist too!
- Learn another language. Taking time to learn the tongue of a country you’re traveling to, I believe, could entirely enrich your experience while there and add a completely new dimension to your travels. It will make it (if not a little) easier to get around, locate places and find out information about your surroundings. My chosen language? Español!
- CPR and basic first aid. Although this isn’t necessary when heading overseas, it’s really a non-negotiable for me. I think it should be on every traveler’s checklist, for obvious reasons!
- Let go and go with the flow! This I have been happily practising over the last week or two. I am usually a plan it kind of person, always trying to keep myself busy. However at the end of last month I asked both my bosses from my side gigs to give me the weekends of July off (If I didn’t have rent and bills to pay, I would’ve taken a month off from my full time employment too!) I’ve completely loved coming up to the weekends without major plans locked in or weekend work casting it’s cloud on my supposed free time. I do however, have quite a short attention span (Something I’ve found to attractively label The Entrepreneur’s Curse) and have found myself searching for new ventures to take on to fill my time – so it still looks like this trait has a lot of refining left!
- Negotiation skills. I’ve read from many travel bloggers and in travel books that negotiation skills can come in real handy and save you some real moolah in different parts of the world. This may seem like an easy skill to acquire, however I wouldn’t want to come off as a pushy, arrogant Westerner. At the same time, I don’t want to get ripped off by local businessmen who have mastered the craft of taking advantage of foreign travelers. Practicing at local markets in Aus before leaving and reading as many travel sites as possible is my best chance of mastering this skill.
Please note, this is a very short list started not too long ago and grows weekly. I’d love to hear some of things you decided to practice before leaving for a trip.