The Rules of Travelling

During our trip in South America we always joked about the Rules of Travelling: basic rules of thumb that ensure that you get the most out of your travels with the least amount of hassle/pain/irritation, especially when backpacking. These will also work on city trips.

The Rules have been developed and refined on the numerous trips we’ve collectively made throughout the last 30-or-so years. As my last post, I want to share them with you.

  1. Drink water whenever you can. Sub rule: Always take a water bottle with you wherever you go.
  2. Use the toilet whenever you can. You never know when/what the next toilet is going to be like.  Sub rule: Always carry toilet paper and antiseptic hand gel on you.
  3. Withdraw/exchange money whenever you can.
  4. Sleep whenever you can. You never know when the next comfortable bed will be available.
  5. Eat whenever you can. Sub rule: Always carry snacks with you, ideally enough to cover one whole meal.
  6. Always take a water/wind proof jacket with you. It can rain/blow even in the most unlikely places.
  7. Always have basic medication with you to last two days. Someone is going to need it.
  8. If in doubt, add more sun tan lotion. You get burned in the most unlikely places.
  9. If in doubt, take the photo. You can always delete it later. Subrule: Upload the photos whenever you can. The next internet caf is likely to have a really slow connection 🙂
  10. Finally a top tip for preventing “holiday hangover”: start planning your next trip while travelling. Even better if you can book it before you go!

P.S. Check out our 50 favourite photos from the trip