Everyone loves a road trip. There is a feeling of freedom as you get started, knowing that you can do as much or as little as you like. But it is important to get ready for your trip to ensure you are prepared for most eventualities. Here are five tips to ensure you are ready to get started and to ensure you get home safely.
The steep divots up the red sand dune seemed to go on forever. On what felt like my 100th trek up the hill with my surprisingly energetic children I decided that this was the last time. After finally reaching the top I took a moment to catch my breath with a side benefit of being able to enjoy the amazing view across the red sand dunes.
I lowered myself with apprehension from the dive boat into the flimsy shark net. Dark shapes rapidly approached. Two bronze whaler sharks swam with fierce hunting intent, slipstreaming like torpedos through the water as they approached their bloody fish prey. I felt like I was sucking my scuba tank dry.
Every traveller carries at least one electronic gadget with them. Many carry more.
Standing in the lengthy summer queue to catch the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower was mindlessly boring. Standing under the hot sweaty sun and being assailed by illegal street vendors, touts and thieves was not my idea of a good holiday.
The lengthy tedium inspired fond recollections of the at-odds pleasure we had experienced only a few days ago on the London Eye where we had enjoyed walking straight onto our own private pod by choosing to visit just prior to sunset. The stark difference in experiences reaffirmed that avoiding peak times was well worth it.
We struggled miserably up the five flights of stairs to our pensione in Vernazza as a result of hand-carrying the two extra bags we had purchased along the way through France. Both of our backpacks were backsprain-inducing heavy and I couldn’t understand why we had so much stuff after only three weeks of travelling. Our initial load of one medium sized backpack each should have sufficed for our trip.
The breaking news hit me with a bang. With only one month to go until our meticulously planned trip to New Zealand a major earthquake had struck Christchurch causing significant damage.
You have been planning and booking your dream trip and suddenly your life or your destination situation changes. You need to either cancel your trip outright or make major changes. How can you make the changes or cancellations with confidence?