It’s simple - answer a poll question and submit your email for a chance to win a copy of Alien Skin's Exposure ($200 value)
Like many, I've lead a life of detriment - tough losses, the kind that shatters your entire being. From loss of family and friend to love and dreams. However, no matter what labyrinth of hallways await nor how many doors are bolted shut, I will continue to fight for a life that I will never look back upon with regret.
I am asking for donations to fund Eye & Pen and my future travels. The need has arisen because of the incident that happened to me in September 2012, where I was on a mission to find my true home - a place I've never known. I thought, why not try paradise on for size? Fate had a different plan.
While in the El Yunque rain forest of Puerto Rico, my rental car was the victim of a smash-and-grab robbery by a local gang. The thieves stole everything from me, all of my money, camera equipment, passport and clothing. Basically, they stole the clothing off my back. I was forced to return immediately to my family in the states and I’ve been struggling to recover ever since.
It’s sad, but most travelers have the wrong outlook on travel, which tends to make their experiences suffer. It seems to be a popular consensus nowadays, that travel is all about “how many countries and sites you can visit, as fast as you can.” This is not what travel is really about and traveling at lightning speed certainly doesn’t count towards having rich, memorable, life-altering experiences. I often talk about how true travel is a powerful, life-changing force and slow travel is the best way to experience it! It can be easy (especially for short-term travelers) to lose track of the reason for travel and to get caught up in a site-seeing frenzy.
1. Learn the basics in the local language
If you’re traveling in an area of the world that doesn’t quite speak the same language as you, it’s extremely important to at least know the basics in the local language. There are countless guides online for almost every language in the world, where you can simply type in a few phrases and it will tell you how to say them. It’s important to learn how to ask for the police and a telephone, as well as for directions and help.
2. Decoy wallet
If you’re ever mugged, typically your assailant will obviously go straight for the good stuff - they want your money/wallet. Most thieves won’t stick around to count their plunder, so why give away the good stuff. Why not hide your valuables and then keep a decoy wallet, specially thieve-ready. Load your ‘faux’ wallet with just a few dollars, maybe an old I.D. and some of those promotional credit cards that you receive in the mail (or gift cards work too).
Sign up for my VIP email list:
*Disclaimer: All blog posts featuring products, reviews, or suggestions for products or services are governed by our Disclosure. Products were received free to review, so to provide authentic opinions and content for our readers. The opinions and ideas in this post are the writer's own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. We receive no compensation for product reviews. Links within non-product review posts may be sponsored.