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Life Skills Of A 21st Century Traveler

With quotes that read, “If travelling was free, you’d never see me again” and “Take vacations: You can always make money. You can’t always make memories” pervading the screens of social media, one thing’s clear: the digital era has seen the rise of a generation inclined to explore; a generation that yearns for the outdoors and pursues travelling as a form of therapy, one that offers inexplicable joy and peace.

Stepping into the shoes of a young vivacious traveler, what vital skills would one need to survive the storms of lands unknown? Here are a few that topped a list of suggestions made by travelers young and old.

The know-how of a needle and thread

We underestimate ever too often the value of knowing how to thread a needle, tie a knot and run it through a gaping hole in a pair of trousers or luggage. Being one of those vital know-hows especially for the lone traveler, a little sewing kit will always come in handy. It needs to only have the bare necessities – a needle (you might want to have a few more unless you can trust yourself to lookout for a minute piece of steel!), thread, a few extra buttons, a needle threaded (unless you have super hand-eye coordination), safety pins and a few fabric remnants to patch up a nasty rip.

The native “hello” and “goodbye”

A native greeting immediately bridges the unseen gap between a native and foreigner, establishing a solid connection. While the simple expressions of “hello”, “goodbye” and “thank you” will come to good use at any time of the day, knowing how to say “no thank you” is in fact seldom thought of, lest one would want to be made to do something to one’s displeasure.

Maneuvering the wheel

The more adventurous of travelers opt for public transport or travelling by foot. However, at times when neither is an option what could one resort to? If one were to rent a car, it is important to note that not all parts of the world have vehicles with automatic transmission. This is where a driving school in Elwood comes into playing a crucial role in the teaching of a life skill. Taking driving lessons and obtaining license to drive both manual and automatic transmission can unveil new travel opportunities, widening the horizons of exploration.

To those who are of the mindset that a driving school is an added expense and opts to self-learn or not learn at all instead (signing a lifetime agreement with public transport), here’s a glimpse of what they offer that may get you thinking twice if you fall into the above category:

Getting comfortable with steering a vehicle

Reading road signs and keeping to road rules

Understanding how a vehicle works and preparation to face emergencies

Minimizing or avoiding accidents that could occur due to negligence or ignorance

Aid that comes first

It is always best to be prepared for the worst of situations. This being said, a little first aid kit with the essentials – antiseptic wipes, bandages, plasters, balm, a thermometer, a pair of sanitary gloves, a pair of scissors and cotton wool will no doubt be a life saver!