Photo(graphic) Memory 2

Round 2 of Photo(graphic) Memory and I couldn’t resist this picture – it’s one that makes me chuckle and reminds me of a truly unique experience. 

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This photo was taken during a 5 day trip up onto the salt flats in Bolivia, which involves long Jeep rides up into the mountains; a steady ascent into worsening and worsening altitude sickness!

After several days of travels and staying in small mountain accommodations, we stopped at the side of a lake for some lunch and were watching the flamingoes dotted across the water. Then my sight fell on this sign and I just found its placement in front of the vast landscape and huge mountains extremely ironic and highly amusing! 

It seems that no matter where you are in the world, and no matter how remote, someone always needs to know where the nearest toilet is! 

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Top Tip Tuesday

It’s Tuesday, so I thought ‘why not impart some knowledge that could help travellers and week-enders alike’?

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Today’s Top Tip – You Don’t Need to take the Kitchen Sink! 

It is so tempting when you’re travelling to pack hundreds of bits of clothing and an extra pair of every type of shoe…..just in case! Don’t fall foul of the most typical traveller mistake.

1. Write a list

Sounds incredibly obvious but when you see all those items on paper and the list is really long, it means your bag will be really heavy as a result! Be ruthless with the list and it’ll save you re-packing time later.

2. Roll pack

Rolling clothes instead of folding and stacking saves SO much space – honestly, try it! Also, stuffing underwear, swimsuits and other smaller items into shoes save oodles of room!

3. Don’t double up

You know that top you love that you have in three different colours? You probably don’t need all three! And those jeans you have in boot leg, skinny and flare style? You don’t need all of those either! This is especially important if you’re backpacking because most backpackers have foregone style in favour of no backache – don’t lumber yourself with multiples, shed the extras!

4. Buy it or bin it! 

This tip is a spin-off of the previous tip – people can start hyperventilating at the thought of what might be happen if you leave something behind. In reality, you can buy almost anything you need, anywhere in the world – it’s called Visa! Also, if you’re on a long trip you’ll find that you shed things as you go. Don’t be afraid to leave old items behind and gain new ones along the way.

5. Accessorised up to the eyeballs

No I am not talking about jewellery and handbags! These days, shops are continually spinning a line on all of the gadgets you can buy that will make your travels that much easier. Don’t get suckered in! Some are genuinely useful (e.g. drawstring, waterproof bags for dirty or wet clothes) but others are just space fillers and money takers! In many instances you can use alternatives or live without (e.g. travel cushions, where you can happily use a rolled up jumper or go without!). Ask yourself if you really need it before parting with your hard-earned cash!

Do you have any tips of your own? Disagree with any of mine? I love a debate so feel free to comment!