Monday, June 2, 2008

Tips for the weary traveler....

Ok, so 33 days later, she arrives at home. And now an accounting. Some important lessons:

Things I took but didn't need.
1) A dog.
2) Condoms.
3) A rain jacket.
4) A pillow.
5) A towel.

Things I didn't take but wish I had.
1) ok, don't laugh. But in several hotels lacking a hair dryer, I was kinda maybe just a little bit wishing I had a travel one in my stash.
2) Body spray. It would have helped cover the stinkage longer. It would have made me feel fresher. Whichever. Or both. In any event, I missed it.

Things I will keep in mind for future trips.
1) Handles on coffee cups, measuring cups, coffee pots, lanterns, and pot lids take up more room than they are worth.
2) No matter how well you have packed, someone else can do it better.
3) Sand will ruin a camera.
4) Good coffee is so worth it.
5) It's not a small world, after all.
6) After 4 days, your own stench will begin to offend you.
7) Never underestimate the value of high quality camping equipment.
8) Shorts can stretch over more days than underwear.
9) This stuff you brought "just in case" will begin to piss you off if "just in case" never happens.
10) When traveling, you must take care of your feet.

Things I learned along the way:
1) I am not that hard to get along with.
2) You can let go of the stuff that doesn't really matter relatively easily.
3) Patience is cultured.
4) If you want a different result, you have to try a different approach.
5) You can learn things from younger people.
6) Sometimes your gut sends you in the wrong direction.
7) Sometimes it doesn't.
8) Never underestimate the value of luck.
9) Vomit, crap, and dog fights can be overcome.
10) Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

1 comment:

  1. Things your fellow traveller learned along the way:
    1) Liz isn't that hard to get along with.
    2) You can learn things from older people
    3) A car, be it ever so humble, is no home
    4) My gut is never full
    5) Culture is good in things other than yogurt and beer.
    6) Seeing a place through someone else's eyes, when they see it for the first time, makes it twice as beautiful
    7) Showing someone a place that you've seen twenty times, and telling them a story about each time you saw it, doesn't make it twenty times as beautiful to them.
    8) Bold is better
    9) There is more than one right way to do most things
    10) You can never take too many pictures.