As We Travel » Mental & Internal http://www.aswetravel.com Traveling Tips, Destinations, Videos & Travel Blog Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:07:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Enjoying the Outdoors – Adventure Ideas You Might Like To Try http://www.aswetravel.com/enjoying-outdoors-adventure-ideas-might-like-try/ http://www.aswetravel.com/enjoying-outdoors-adventure-ideas-might-like-try/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 15:44:33 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45817 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Sometimes the best vacations are about having new experiences, pushing the envelope a little and stepping out of your comfort zone. Outdoor adventure trips are not high on some people’s travel list but they are an intriguing idea for any getaway. Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures and activities […]

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Sometimes the best vacations are about having new experiences, pushing the envelope a little and stepping out of your comfort zone. Outdoor adventure trips are not high on some people’s travel list but they are an intriguing idea for any getaway.

Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures and activities that are not that extreme or even difficult.

An outdoor adventure allows you to reconnect with nature and promotes inner peace. Next time you’re itching to get away, buy your ticket, take care of your travel insurance, pack your bags and consider adding a little extra adventure to the experience.

Here’s a fun list of some outdoorsy activities that you might want to consider no matter what your destination:

Backpacking

Anyone can enjoy this type of thrifty adventure, tailoring the details or even the distance to fit your needs, preferences or even your physical limitations. Hostels are available in many corners of the world, but so are luxurious resorts.

Backpackers can reward themselves for a long trek with a stay in a pricey resort and a massage. Backpacking is one of the best ways to be able to interact with local folks too, it allows you to connect with the culture and experience new experiences.

Europe is a top destination for backpackers, particularly New Zealand as it gains popularity.

Paddle boarding or surfing

Both of these activities are easy to fit into a vacation without going overboard. Alternatively, you can book a stay at a beachfront resorts to take a road trip to a spot and spend a day on the water. If you’re new to either one of these sports, you’ll probably want to start small.

SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is more relaxed – a great way to explore little beaches, tiny islands and caves. Surfing takes a little more skill but certainly a fun sport if you’re up for a challenge. A single, short lesson will tell you whether or not you enjoy the sport and want to continue.

Plenty of gorgeous resorts in Central America and Hawaii offer ideal opportunities for water sports.

Hiking / trekking

Trails featuring gorgeous scenery can be found everywhere, and they vary significantly in duration and difficulty. With so many options worldwide you can start with a short nature hike in the rainforest and work your way up to a rocky 14er.

No other adventure will give you the rewards and the views as hiking does, reaching a summit will give you a huge sense of satisfaction and will probably make you want to plan your next trip.

Experienced trekkers will make the hike the centerpiece of their trip checking off world-class hikes off their bucket list. If you prefer distance over height, thru-hiking can be an option, two great examples are the many endurance hikes that make up trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail.

If you’re a winter nut, consider a day of hiking in one of the National Parks in the United States or Canada, locations suck as Rocky Mountain National Park or Banff will take you to breathtaking views and unforgettable hidden locations.

Snowshoeing / skiing

Playing in the snow can certainly be fun, and lots of travelers plan entire vacations around the outstanding powder in destinations like Tahoe in California and Telluride, Colorado. Novice powder hounds don’t have to book a stay that will keep them on the slopes every day.

Snow provides such a great variety of activities for all ages, snowshoeing is an easy winter sport and can be enjoyed with the family, so is cross-country skiing. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous then why not book a couple of lessons and get started on skiing or snowboarding?

A day on the slopes will provide some good family fun and give you great travel stories.

Kayaking / canoeing

The summer season and even the fall provide thousands of destinations where you can enjoy relaxed days on a lake. White water rafting is an exhilarating experience but certainly not for everyone. If you’re a first timer you may want to choose a single day or partial day trip that features more slack water than rapids.

Kayaking or canoeing is a great alternative to enjoying the outdoors, a river surrounded by rainforests or the calm waters of an endless lake. Any of these activities require minimum effort, can be enjoyed as a family and will give you the opportunity to explore nature as well as relax during your travels.

Whether it’s tame or wild, be sure to include a bit of outdoor adventure in your next getaway.

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When traveling, it is so easy to just lay back and enjoy the moment, let the days go by, often not ever leaving our comfort zone. Every country around the world is full of adventures, new places to see, beaches to enjoy, mountains to climb.

Why not make your memories last and explore the wilder side of life instead?

It’s never too late to enjoy living life to its fullest and start working on becoming a little more adventurous when traveling. As you’re planning to book a travel tour for 2014, why not go for a mountain hike, give white water rafting a whirl or try your hand at surfing?

Here are some fantastic ideas on adventures you could enjoy when on vacation:

Many people enjoy bungee jumping and zip lining when on vacation and there’s so many different countries that have activities such as these. Go ahead and live a little, visit some fun places where these sports can be experienced.

Bungee jumping from a bridge, parasailing and parachuting go hand in hand. If these adventures are a little too much for you, play it safe and do a little zip lining from the top of a mountain or take a ride in a hot air balloon. Research some of your destinations to find what adventures fit your needs or work on ticking off a place from your travel bucket list.

Most countries will have tours and activities that can help you bring out the adventure in you.

Rock climbing can be a fun adventurous experience for those who enjoy the outdoors, mountains, hikes or even trekking. Be prepared to stretch yourself and get out of your comfort zone as you head for the mountains.

If rock climbing seems a little too harsh for you, there are always options such as hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing or 4 wheeling.

There are so many hiking trails around the world for you to seek out, be sure to do your research first and pick a spot that fits your physical condition, likes and needs.

Do you enjoy being in the water? This can be a great opportunity to seek out some water-related adventures.

You can try your skills at white water rafting or if you’re looking for something less extreme you can go kayaking or canoeing. If your plan is to visit a beach, seek out fun activities such as snorkeling, diving, jet skiing or surf maybe?

Paddle boarding is a also a trendy activity, a little adventure but a relaxed sport if you’re not too open to pushing your limits.

Food can also be a big part of being adventurous when traveling. Many countries have different foods that will certainly push you out of your comfort zone. Do a little tasting, try something new, it will always make a good story when you’re back home from your travels!

Travel is such a great experience, very often we get caught out regretting not being adventurous enough or not taking that tour, not jumping off that waterfall, not ending that hike at the summit.

Tapping into your adventurous side is much easier than you think, chances are you’ll enjoy your new adventures so much that you’ll keep wanting more. The perfect motivation for planning your next tour!

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It’s always interesting to visit a new country although many experience culture shock once they arrive. Even when you read about a new travel destination, living the experience can become a little more challenging than you thought.

Some cultures will be completely different than yours and the way of life can be a little shocking too.

Tolerance is key and understanding too, keeping an open mind and embracing the differences is key. It can be a tough adjustment to make. So, how do you overcome culture shock?

Here are 5 tips that may help.

Research

Research, study, and learn about the country you are about to visit. The more you know about it before leaving, the easier it will be to adjust.

Become acquainted with the traditions of the culture and you will soon see that they have great historical significance. You will find it to be, not only a different way of life from your own, but also a very interesting way of life and a great learning experience.

Connect

Upon arrival, connect with the people. Intercultural connections with a diverse group of people will help to give you a feeling of belonging.

You don’t have to forget your roots, just dive in and become acquainted with theirs. Visit museums and other areas of attraction that you are interested in to help you acquaint yourself with their roots.

Also, when traveling, do your best to stay with a family, a couchsurfing host or a hostel. This will provide you a sense of family and give you that space to connect with others and transition easily into the cultural difference. Sharing your own culture with others will also create that bond and understanding.

Embrace

Cultural shock is an eye opening experience. It exposes you to the problems a different culture may have, not just the blessings they enjoy but both the good and the bad.

Whether it be poverty, being overcrowded, or poor housing, you may soon find yourself involved in volunteering. Be open to giving a little of yourself and become involved in the community. An experience of this type will certainly make you count your blessings!

Also, teaching can also be an option. Some third world countries are open to volunteer English teachers or even crafts or other languages. Teaching in a local community will create such a strong bond that you’ll quickly forget about your cultural differences.

Adjust

Making adjustments to a different culture doesn’t mean you have to leave your sense of identity behind. Search for foods you are familiar with or activities that you loved when at home.

Be it music, dance, food, reading or sports, you’re bound to find a way to connect and adjust. Once you’ve opened yourself up to a new culture you may quickly realize that you’re not that different and that you mostly enjoy the same basic things.

Accept

Whether you are visiting a new country or packing up and moving, you must make the choice sooner or later to accept the culture as your own.

Even though you drag your feet at first, allow yourself to fall in love with the cultural values and historical significance. When you begin to accept the diverse group of people and their values, you will begin to embrace the culture and become a part of it.

Do you have tips of your own for overcoming culture shock? Feel free to share!

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10 Reasons Why You Should Travel More and More Often http://www.aswetravel.com/10-reasons-travel-often/ http://www.aswetravel.com/10-reasons-travel-often/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:58:44 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45400 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Sitting home bored out your mind? Why not cut back on eating out, shopping for stuff you don’t need and save your money to travel to places you’ve never seen before? Travel is more than just a way to break the monotony. It offers rich experiences that help to satisfy that inner need to get […]

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Sitting home bored out your mind? Why not cut back on eating out, shopping for stuff you don’t need and save your money to travel to places you’ve never seen before?

Travel is more than just a way to break the monotony. It offers rich experiences that help to satisfy that inner need to get away from it all.

Do you have a travel bucket list? Make it your priority and start a travel fund! Traveling allows you to learn about different cultures, visit places of historical significance, see the world and meet wonderful interesting people.

Don’t just talk about it, do it! Here are 10 reasons why you should:

New Adventures

Life is an adventure in itself, why not add more to it? Travel to unknown places. Go on safari, visit a remote mountain village in the Swiss Alps, enjoy a visit to the Grand Canyon or go to local museum or historical landmark in your very own city or state.

Education

There’s no learning experience quite as effective as traveling. Broaden your horizons and learn, learn, learn! The internet and television will never be able to take the place of travel. You can only learn so much from a textbook.

Exciting challenges

You’re never too old to get out of your comfort zone. Travel makes you try new things, new foods and meet new cultures. While others are staying at home, you are up in the air or on the road again, challenging yourself with new experiences each and every day.

Time to unwind

All year long you work hard, anxiously looking forward to your vacation from work. Travel gives you the space and time to relax and unwind. Go on a cruise, get some offline time, go to a sunny beach, go camping, enjoy life while you can.

Learn life Lessons

Travel provides lessons of all kinds, from patience to learning new cultures and history. Visit third world countries to learn about the lifestyle of those who are less fortunate. Helping those in need may be one of life’s most satisfying moments. Give of yourself, your time, your energy, and feel the love.

Now’s the time to travel cheap

Travel is not a big luxury like it used to be years ago. Go backpacking, work whilst you travel or just go for a real low-budget trip. Research travel options online and find cheap airline tickets, hostels and rental cars. Many companies have season offers and discounts. Auction and coupon sites also offer you the opportunity to bid on airline tickets and travel packages.

Go local

Travel doesn’t always mean you need to hop on a plane. Go local, take a bus, a train or a short road trip. Support the small business and visit remote, out of the way places. Stay at a bed and breakfast, eat at a cozy cafe or the only diner in town.

Make new friends

It is said that a journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles. You never know who you’re going to meet while traveling. In most countries locals are very friendly and helpful with travelers. Be friendly, open up and connect with the locals, make new friends. Friendships you make when you travel, usually end up being lifelong friends.

Feeling of freedom

Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life helps you experience a freedom you’ve never felt before while traveling. Be adventurous, do things you’d never do, try things you’d never try. Enjoy life at its best as you travel to unknown places.

Enrich your life with hands-on experiences

New experiences can enrich your life, helping you to become a more interesting person. Get involved in the lives of those from different countries and different cultures. Many third world countries have associations or groups where you can volunteer, an experience like this will probably be one of the most gratifying things you’ll ever do!

What are you waiting for? Where’s your next destination?

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Airport Security – Quick Tips to Help You Zoom Through http://www.aswetravel.com/airport-security-5-quick-tips-help-zoom/ http://www.aswetravel.com/airport-security-5-quick-tips-help-zoom/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:53:34 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=45321 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Travel is such a fun experience, no matter where you’re headed.  A bad airport experience can quickly change this. Other than patience, being prepared to zoom through TSA is the best way to go. Here are some small simple tips to consider next time you fly: Don’t overdress Comfort is key when you travel. Dress […]

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Travel is such a fun experience, no matter where you’re headed.  A bad airport experience can quickly change this. Other than patience, being prepared to zoom through TSA is the best way to go.

Here are some small simple tips to consider next time you fly:

Don’t overdress

Comfort is key when you travel. Dress simple – wear pants that don’t require a belt and try not to wear too many layers as you’ll probably have to shed them constantly with every security check point. Ladies, make sure your garments don’t have beading or metallic applications.

 

There are tons of shoe options – wear something that is easy to slip on and off without having to stop and buckle, tie laces or straps.

Avoid the bling

Do your best to leave your jewelry at home or pack it separately when you fly. Having to deal with a watch, bracelets, a necklace, rings, earrings and other items will slow you down when going through Security, not to mention that you may loose something in the process!

You can also just go for non-metallic options that will allow you to zip through in fashion. If you really need your bling upon arrival, just pack it in your bag and put it on as you reach your final destination.

Keep your electronics at hand

TSA has become a little more relaxed when it comes to electronics.  Mobile phones and iPads can be kept in your bag and only laptops need to be out of their case and in a separate bin.

Keep your laptop in a case that’s easy to handle – don’t stuff it at the bottom of your carry on and place it where it can be reached easily.

Pockets are your worst enemy

When you’re traveling for hours, its so easy to end up with pockets stuffed with odd items such as coins, tweezers, earrings, pens, rings, memory sticks, etc. If your’e able to dress in items that don’t have pockets, all the better.

Nothing worse than being sent back to clean out your pockets into a little bin.

The right bag is your best asset

With so many changes in fees and rules about taking a carry on, your best bet is to take a simple bag with the bare essentials. Choose a bag that has wheels, can be strapped to your back or hangs across your shoulders, especially if you’re carrying a heavy laptop and other electronics.

Make sure the bag has an outer pocket where you can keep important documents at hand, this way you don’t have to constantly dig in to find your boarding pass, id or passport.

Last but not least, read up on the latest rules on liquid items, this will help you know which toiletries are good to carry with you (or not).

Patience is key to ensuring a smooth process  – and so it paying attention. Do your homework, keep an eye out for signs and listen to the TSA personnel… put on a smile and get on with your day!

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Promoting Adventurous Spirit at a Young Age http://www.aswetravel.com/adventure-spirit-at-a-young-age/ http://www.aswetravel.com/adventure-spirit-at-a-young-age/#comments Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:59:54 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=44921 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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How young were you when you realized you had a thirst for adventure? The average age of a traveller seems to be getting younger with each passing year and people are craving adventure at an increasingly earlier age.   Research indicates that a child must taste food at least 10 times before he or she […]

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How young were you when you realized you had a thirst for adventure?

The average age of a traveller seems to be getting younger with each passing year and people are craving adventure at an increasingly earlier age.

 

Research indicates that a child must taste food at least 10 times before he or she will accept it and the younger a child is, the more willing they are to try new foods.

Although this seems irrelevant, you’d be surprised by how often parents have cited food as a reason for not travelling to more exotic locations with their kids.

Parents are more health conscious and see the need of adding more activities into their family life. Travel plays a large role in this, parents are more open to taking the kids along and including them into travel activities such as winter sports, camping, hiking, cycling and even backpacking.

 

Teaching a child to be adventurous with food at any early age, therefore, is a great thing for parents to do. With a new-found taste for the uncommon throughout their growth, they become increasingly hungry for adventure.

With a wealth of travel information at their fingertips, it’s easy to imagine the next generation of travellers having a thirst for globetrotting that will be increasingly unquenchable.

 

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Is there a right time to stop traveling? http://www.aswetravel.com/is-there-a-right-time-to-stop-travelling-and-make-roots/ http://www.aswetravel.com/is-there-a-right-time-to-stop-travelling-and-make-roots/#comments Fri, 20 Sep 2013 16:20:34 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=44783 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Glossy travel photos and inspirational videos make it seem that a life on the road is always fun and exciting, but the truth of it is that sometimes traveling can be exhausting. If you travel long enough, you are bound to get ill, run into hassles with paperwork, have something stolen, or just burn out. […]

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Glossy travel photos and inspirational videos make it seem that a life on the road is always fun and exciting, but the truth of it is that sometimes traveling can be exhausting.

If you travel long enough, you are bound to get ill, run into hassles with paperwork, have something stolen, or just burn out.

Sometimes the best antidote is to stop traveling for a period of time so you can regain your footing and find travel thrilling again. 

Follow the Signs to Stop Traveling



If you find yourself burning out while on the road, realize that this is normal and almost all seasoned travelers go through this at some point.

So what can you do when you start feeling this way?

One idea is to try to stay longer in a place that you enjoy.

You can also take a vacation from your vacation with a trip to a beach or the countryside.

 

A home stay or volunteer experience can provide meaningful social interaction, and sometimes this is all that is needed to regain the traveling spirit.

However, if you find yourself tired of learning languages, scheduling reservations, making money transfers, and sleeping on airplanes, it may be time to stop traveling for a bit.

Traveling Roadblocks

There are plenty of life circumstances that result in less time for traveling.

One common example is taking time to focus more on a job (and with luck, one that will compensate you enough to travel even more when you have time!)

Of course, another good reason to take time off from seeing the world is starting a family.

Some people are able to travel with children, but others opt to settle down.

Keeping the Traveling Spirit

When you are settled in a place with friends and family, it gives you time to reminisce about past trips and to write about your experiences.

 

Sharing advice with those just starting out is a great way to keep the spirit of traveling alive while at home, such as: how to use Travelex international payments, how to pack, how to survive a stay in a dodgy hotel room, etc.

There are plenty of aspiring travelers who could use your hard-earned advice.

You can also advise tourists in your own town and help them to have a great experience.

A Break isn’t the End

Remember that putting down roots doesn’t mean you’ll never travel again.

Retirement, for instance, is a great time to start traveling again on a large scale!

Even if you only travel locally, you’ll experience it with the eyes of a seasoned traveler and appreciate it more.

The most important thing to realize is that traveling is a state of mind.

The insight and wisdom you acquire from your travels will never leave you.

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Dealing With Culture Shock While Traveling http://www.aswetravel.com/dealing-with-culture-shock-while-traveling/ http://www.aswetravel.com/dealing-with-culture-shock-while-traveling/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 06:00:45 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=32924 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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One of the things you’re likely to face at some point during your travels is culture shock – these can range from the smallest details to massive moral issues, and even on arranged group holidays it’s impossible to avoid, so it’s crucial to learn how to deal with it whenever it shows up. I’m far […]

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One of the things you’re likely to face at some point during your travels is culture shock – these can range from the smallest details to massive moral issues, and even on arranged group holidays it’s impossible to avoid, so it’s crucial to learn how to deal with it whenever it shows up.

I’m far from the ideal person when it comes to dealing with culture shock, but after traveling for so many years I’ve been forced to find a way that works, to avoid awkward or downright horrible consequences.

Here are a few culture clashes I’ve experienced, and how I dealt with them…

The “Smile & Laugh At It” Tradition

A couple of weeks ago I received a very interesting comment on an old post, where this person complained about how angry he gets when there are misunderstandings between him and locals, then they just laugh it off and make fun of him.

He didn’t say which country he meant, but I had a strong feeling that he was talking about Thailand.

In this country, often nicknamed “the land of smiles”, people smile and laugh at everything – especially in awkward situations.

This can sometimes be liberating, but also incredibly frustrating – the Thai people use their smiles and laugh to avoid “losing their face”, or even to help you to avoid “losing your face”.

For example, if you bump your head into a doorway, they point, smile and laugh at you – not in a rude way, but to relieve you from the embarrassment – this in the West usually means the complete opposite, and some people feel offended by it.

How To Deal With It:

Remember why they’re laughing, and the more frustrated and angry you get the more they will try to “cover up” by laughing and smiling – don’t show that you’re frustrated, instead work the other way around and smile while you try to get your point across.

The Contradictions Of Hygiene

Japan is famous as the country where burping is encouraged as a way to show gratitude to the chef – but you will find that burping is common and not at all frowned upon in many other countries too.

Whether you take morocco holidays in Africa, or travel east to India and Malaysia, you will be sitting at a restaurant, or walking the streets and almost always hear someone doing a clear, loud and proud burp.

This is not frowned upon at all, but then eating with your left hand is…

Apparently, the left hand is seen as dirty as that is the hand you use when going to the bathroom – and since they mush and mix all of their food with their fingers, they keep the left hand out of the way.

The weird part is that before sitting down to eat, they only ever wash their right hand – no wonder the left hand stays dirty..!

How do I deal with it:

Honestly, I ignore it as best as I can. I’m getting used to the burps and nose picks, and I eat the way I want – just because you’re in a foreign country that doesn’t mean that you have to do everything they do.

Value your own health above “fitting in”, and don’t be so hard on yourself – who cares if someone gives you a strange look for eating with your left hand? You know better, you know if it’s clean or not.

Oh, and I ALWAYS carry toilet paper around, I’m not getting near those hoses they have in the squat toilets!

Keep Things In Perspective

During my travels I have heard the most offensive and obscene comments thrown at me or people around me, and sometimes this is tough to deal with.

But you have to put things into perspective, and not let yourself get sucked in or bothered – because the only person who will be affected is you, besides, what you see as offensive, in their culture could actually be a compliment.

A friend of mine spent a whole year in Rwanda, and while she lost heaps of weight, her friend put on quite a lot.

The locals they got to know said to her friend “you’re so fat! You have gotten so fat lately!” – something that’s not very fun to hear as a Western person, but is actually a compliment there…

Finally, culture shocks are part of the travel experience, and one of the things that make traveling so exciting and crazy – see every culture shock as a great experience.

What kinds of culture shocks & clashes have you experienced while traveling? Share below in the comments!

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How Traveling Helps Me Get Out Of My Comfort Zone http://www.aswetravel.com/how-traveling-helps-me-get-out-of-my-comfort-zone/ http://www.aswetravel.com/how-traveling-helps-me-get-out-of-my-comfort-zone/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 06:00:02 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=23385 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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I’ve always had this fascination/fear of doing things outside of my comfort zone – I love it and hate it at the same time, BUT it’s the feeling afterwards which gets me addicted to it. Everything from speaking in public to learning new skills like skiing and surfing – I keep doing it and keep […]

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I’ve always had this fascination/fear of doing things outside of my comfort zone – I love it and hate it at the same time, BUT it’s the feeling afterwards which gets me addicted to it.

Everything from speaking in public to learning new skills like skiing and surfing – I keep doing it and keep looking for those opportunities all the time, despite being really scared of trying them.

Why? Because I know how rewarding the feeling is once I’ve faced my fears, or once I’ve done something I wasn’t so sure about.

I realized that by traveling I get to try so many new things that I otherwise wouldn’t have done, and I grow stronger as a person every time.

In New Zealand I tried golf, for example. Golf was something I had never tried in my life, and honestly hadn’t really planned to try either.

While it’s more common for rich Europeans to visit a golf course in St Andrews in Scotland, New Zealand was a good place for me to start because golf there is incredibly cheap and you can do it everywhere.

In Europe it’s seen more as a sport for rich people, and families who go on golf breaks around Europe during the summer.

Just like wine tasting, it’s something of a luxury experience, and both of those are cheap and so easy to do when you are in New Zealand.

So we decided to play some golf, and I started out really cocky. :p

I had played quite a lot of ‘mini golf’ and thought I was pretty good, forgetting what a bad loser I am when it comes to these kinds of games …

I understood pretty soon that real golf was nothing like ‘mini golf’, and I think I broke a world record in worst golf-player ever.

I even surprised myself when I hit the ball and it somehow ended up 30 meters behind me rather than in the hole 20 meters in front of me.

It annoyed me even more that Nathan just picked up the game as though he had played it his whole life – as usual.

While golf didn’t turn out to be a skill I was born with, my point is the feeling of having tried something new was still so rewarding.

It was the same with learning how to play tennis, I wasn’t very good, but I learned a lot about myself while doing it.

While it might not be the most enjoyable thing at the time, you can at least be proud that you did it, and don’t forget that it could grow on you, and you might start enjoying it.

Surfing was one of those things I fell in love with - the first few weeks in Australia I spent the whole time getting wiped out and after swallowing half the ocean I crawled up on the beach like a drowned rat telling myself that I would never ever go surfing again.

Fast forward a month, the sport had really grown on me, and surprisingly, I didn’t want to leave Australia but wanted to stay there and continue surfing.

This has repeated itself over and over again with me - from surfing, skiing and playing golf.

For some reason I always seem to hate things at the start, and then end up loving it.

Who knows, maybe if I try golf in Scotland when we head there later this year and give it a second chance, I would like it better.

How about you? What are some things you tried which you hated at first but then fell in love with?

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Another Way To Deal With Departure Day Stress? http://www.aswetravel.com/another-way-to-deal-with-departure-day-stress/ http://www.aswetravel.com/another-way-to-deal-with-departure-day-stress/#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.aswetravel.com/?p=20011 jQuery(document).ready(function(){ var options = { sites : new Array("facebook","twitter","gplus","linkedin","stumpleupon"), plugin_url : "http://www.aswetravel.com/wp-content/plugins/all-in-one-social/" }; load_all_in_one_social_banner(options); });

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Everybody knows that before we can enjoy our holiday we have to grit our teeth and get through the stress, panic, hustle and bustle of the day with the capital D … Departure Day.

It’s not always a pleasant experience but it gets us where we REALLY want to be – on a sunny beach sipping a Pina Colada.

If you don’t have a car, there is always a lot of extra time spent on planning and trying to find a way of getting to the airport in time for the flight.

And on the day of departure you run around the apartment making up worst case scenarios of the bus not arriving in time or the taxi not arriving at all.

But there is an easier way to avoid all, or at least most, of the agony associated with pre take-off logistics.

The solution to terminal hell is staying by the airport.

I know what you’re thinking but wait, I will explain …

I honestly think that it’s worth the extra cash staying somewhere really close to the airport than having to worry about crossing the whole of London at 7 am in the morning to get to the airport.

After having tried to reach Stansted airport early in the morning you will know what kind of stress I’m talking about.

The extra money I spent on a taxi there after I found out that no buses go there in time for my flight, I could have spent on one of the Stansted airport hotels instead.

There are usually airport hotels in every city, and you can get some pretty neat deals and bigger packages like a Gatwick airport hotel and parking deal.

Being woken up by a phone call and having a shuttle bus waiting for you in the lobby was so worth it.

Airport hotels used to have a bad rep because it really was only seen as a purely functional option, but hotel companies are starting to change that now…

Here are some great examples from around the world:

- Budget Choice: Jumbo Jet – Arlanda, Sweden

There are some Dublin airport hotels which offer great budget prices, but they don’t stand out of the crowd quite like this one…

This hotel has taken budget airport hotels to a very - different – level.

It’s actually a real plane functioning as a hostel, and for those wanting to spend a little extra money they can get a suite in the actual cockpit!

There is a flat screen tv where you can follow all departures, free WiFi, showers and you can enjoy a coffee in the café on the plane’s left wing.

- Midrange Choice – CitizenM – Schiphol, Amsterdam

Sure, you can book into a luxury hotel and I certainly wouldn’t say no, but there are also discount Manchester airport hotels available and similar things across Europe.

One of the funkiest affordable airport hotels in Europe is probably CitizenM in Schiphol airport in Amsterdam.

This futuristic hotel is perfect for the heavily jet lagged traveler: you can lie in your XL King Size bed and control everything in the room from a touch screen mood pad: from your alarm theme music to the tv to the temperature.

- Cream Of The Crop – Regal Airport Hotel – Hong Kong

If you insist on luxury, go all out and do it properly, stay at the best of the best.

Regal Hotel in Hong Kong has been awarded the best airport hotel in the world, offering much more than  just a bed:

Imagine spending the day before departure right next to the airport doing a cooking class, cocktail making class, or enjoying a luxury spa.

Rather than arrive at the terminal wound up, flustered and in a panic about missing check-in you can arrive after a ten minute transfer calm, rested, fed and with a big smile on your face and with plenty of time on your hands.

So what do you think? Is this an option that you would consider next time you fly?

(photo credits: gmmail)

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