I would love to dine here and see the epic panoramic view of Bangkok…gorgeous…
Hello fellow travelers! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends! This weekend, I did…frankly…nothing. I mean I did some routine grocery shopping and caught up on sleep. However, one interesting thing I did this past weekend was I went to a West African dance class. It was at the Peridance Capezio Center in Union Square of New York City. It is taught by Maguette Camara, who is a wonderful dance teacher. He originates from Senegal and he teaches authentic West African dance.
I had been going alone for the past two weekends, but this past weekend I went with my good friend Gaby, and we had a fabulous time! It was quite relaxing even though we were constantly moving in the class and sweating up a storm. It gets your mind concentrating on the class, rather than thinking about your obligations in your daily life and much more. I had been slightly stressed out at work, so the class was a much-needed stress buster! From this class, I came up with the topic for today’s Travel Fact of the Day – relaxing travel. Most of us lead busy lives and it is hard to squeeze a vacation/holiday into our schedules. But once we get the chance to do so, how do we make our travel less stressful?
From my past travels within the USA and outside the USA, I have learned about how to make travel less stressful. Here are some tips:
I know those are not many tips, but personally, those were the most important tips I follow by when I travel. I made the mistake of packing too much when I left for Ghana and I came back with a lot of souvenirs, so my luggage was overweight and I had to pay an $80 fee in Accra. Learn from my mistakes!
But I think the most important thing about a worry-free, stress-free vacation/holiday is choosing a location that is worry-free and stress-free. That can be anything from skiing in Colorado or basking in the sun in Miami or going on a safari in Kenya, the possibilities are endless. The locale truly has to be a place where you can unwind and let go of the stress of your daily life. It is a vacation, so enjoy it! Don’t go to a place that will cause a lot of stress of getting there and also cause you a lot of stress while you’re there. You are not going to enjoy yourself or the location at all if you do that. Pick somewhere that fits you because you are the one experiencing the trip. No one else can make that decision but you.
I wish all of you stress-free and worry-free travels and that you may see the world one trip at a time!
Jeanel (The Globe Trotting Rockstar)
I think it is time to plan a vacation/holiday here to this tropical paradise…
Hello fellow travelers! I hope all of you are enjoying this cold February! I am so ready for the spring and then SUMMER!
Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about an important topic. It is about your hygiene. Now I’m not saying all of you don’t have good hygiene, but sometimes it is hard to maintain good hygiene while abroad if you don’t have the right accoutrements. Thank goodness my mother is a chronic over-packer and taught me what I need to pack when I travel. I never knew the things I would need if I got stranded in an airport would be the right things I need when traveling/backpacking around Ghana.
First, toilet paper is not guaranteed everywhere you go outside the USA. There is usually an exception in Canada and Europe, but once you venture out of those locales, toilet paper is not as readily accessible as one may think. I learned this the hard way when we were taking an Easter trip into the mountains in the Eastern Region in Ghana and we stopped at a rest stop 2-3 hours outside of Accra. My 3 friends and I had to use the bathroom, and where stopped there wasn’t even a bathroom! It is a cinder block ledge and we had to squat over grass to relieve ourselves. I was beyond grossed out and I didn’t think about bringing toilet paper, but thank God, my roommate brought toilet paper with her in her bag and we all shared the paper. Like I said, YOU NEVER KNOW!
These photos are from my trip to Mole National Park. The bus made a rest stop in a rural town 2 hours outside of Tamale. This is where we encountered the “urinals.” I was terrified of them. The “urinals” or “bathrooms” were one large cement ledge where you squat over and relieve yourself onto a cement floor. No drain and no privacy. The person next to you can see everything if they wanted to look. I wasn’t down for that and neither was my friend LeeReyna. However, our friends Lena and Katie did it and they survived. Thank God!
You have to be mindful when you are traveling to take care of your hygiene. It is very important. I packed a handful of little items that truly helped me during my travels. I recommend you bring the following items with you:
These listed items will be essential when you go traveling abroad, especially backpacking. This is a list meant for hygiene purposes and it will help you stay healthy while traveling. Health is very important! So always be prepared because you never know what you might encounter!
Always be prepared for the unpredictable!
Jeanell (The Globe Trotting Rockstar)
I came here as a young kid and it was so epic. My first instinct was to grab a barrel or boat, and rush down the falls…good thing my dad was there to stop me! What can I say? I am the adventurous type…
Niagara Falls – Canada Side (by LaurentBatailley)