A Call to Adventure
Don Dirren has never been one to shy away from a good adventure. Travel is a great way to find yourself, to explore the thrill of experience, but like any adventure, it is not without its perils. As fun as it is to be spontaneous, it can cause hiccups and speed bumps along the way that take away from the overall experience. If the manic hustle and bustle of the modern world has taught us anything, it is that time is the most valuable resource. That is why it is better to find a balance between spontaneity and meticulous planning, one being too rigid, the other, too foolhardy. So if you are a starry eyed traveler ready to intrepidly explore the unknown, here are some tips to make your trip smooth, while still retaining a sense of wonder as you venture out into the uncharted.
Don Dirren’s Travel Tips:
Have an Arrival Plan – Many adventurers have made the mistake of misjudging their energy levels when they first fly in. Jet lag is not a force to be underestimated. When you are enthusiastic about the travel itself, it is easy to overlook seemingly small details, but they can be the difference between hours of frustrated fatigue, and a good night’s rest. Don Dirren suggests that you’ll want to book a place to stay in advance, that way you won’t have to hurriedly look for a hostel or hotel while weary from a flight. It is also a good idea to book transportation to your accommodations when you arrive. This will help you establish a base of operations and make your life much easier, and only requires a bit of foresight.
Be a Yes Man (or Woman) – Remember that you are here for an experience. Don’t spend all your time on social media bragging about being on vacation, and just be on vacation! Travel pros like Don Dirren don’t sit in their hotel waiting for the action to come to them. The key to transformative travel is to be open to new experiences. Invited to a party by people you don’t know? Go! A festival happening down the block? Don’t miss it! Life is your buffet, and even the bitter things have a full flavor worth exploring. Just be sure to of course keep your safety in mind. Do not be reckless, and it is probably not a good idea to break the law in another country.
Important Documentation – You will need your passport, visa, and be sure to keep cash as well as a card on you at all times. You may also want to keep a hidden stash of money in your sock, in the event you lose your money or it is stolen. Being stranded without cash in a foreign country can be a real nightmare.
Don Dirren knows how to get the most out of his travels, and hopefully now, so do you.