-- Things Can and Do Go Wrong
of photo ID...
prepared. Along with your passport, carry
your driver's license as well. Your passport
adds legitimacy to any emergency banking transactions
that might need to be carried out while you're
away, it establishes your identify at hotels
worldwide and is the best way for others to
reach your family should you become ill or
injured on the road. Your driver's license
becomes your second piece of photo ID, it
adds further credence to your passport and,
most importantly, it stretches your transportation
possibilities in a pinch. Need to get from
one place to another in North America and
no flights are available? You've got all the
documentation necessary to rent a car and
you're on your way with as little fuss as
photos don't take up any room in your wallet
but they could come in so handy when you really
need them. Replacing a lost passport, membership
card or senior ID becomes an awful lot simpler
when you don't have to go off in search of
a photographer's shop to begin the process.
there are credit cards, cash cards and travellers
checks, but a small stash of backup emergency
funds in American dollars can't hurt when
you travel. Journeywoman suggests using a
vitamin bottle with a few pills still in it
so that your container looks and sounds authentic.
Roll up your cash, store it in this secret
container and then forget about it. It can
generally be left in your hotel room, hostel
dorm or carried in your backpack without fear
of thieves making off with it. We call this
our "Just in Case Money".
ahead to possible snags in travel plans
and how you'll handle all your luggage.
Perhaps, due to poor weather your plane
is diverted, you can't find public transportation,
a departure gate might change or no porters
are available. Whatever the circumstances,
it will always be you that's left trying
to move your baggage. When that happens
you'll definitely be unhappy with yourself
for not packing lighter. P.S. No matter
what the temperature at your destination
is, always carry or wear a thin, light jacket.
In an unexpected situation, this is one
piece of clothing that always makes sense.
you're a mother travelling with a baby, be
sure to pack formula and water for five or
six extra feedings. Ditto for your diaper
supply. Don't assume that you will always
complete your travel plans in the time expected.
Under these circumstances it certainly pays
to carry more and be prepared. Think ahead,
too, to any extra medication you or your child
might need along the way.
never knows when an easy one hour inter-city
flight will have to be replaced with an adventurous
10 hour train ride. While soft drinks and
snack foods are usually readily available
at all train stations, you might not be satisfied
with the concept of junk food sold at inflated
prices. Instead seek out a supermarket and
stock up with bottled water and healthy choices
that will make your journey infinitely more
tie an orange ribbon to your backpack...
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who are savvy travellers. We're probably travelling
on the same flights, dining solo in the same restaurants,
ushering our offspring through the same train stations
and yet we have no way of recognizing each other. Before
setting off on a journey, simply tie a bit of orange
ribbon to your backpack and/or suitcase and let's see
what happens. Perhaps when things don't go as planned,
we can join forces to get through the unforeseen circumstances
that often present themselves as we travel.
words on fear...
is an emotion indispensable for survival.
(Eugenie de Guerin, 1865)
in life is to be feared. It is only to be
(Marie Curie, Instant Quotation Dictionary,
a country with no exit visas.
(Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us, 1986)
is one thing. To let fear grab you by the
tail and swing you around is another.
(Katherine Paterson, Jacob I have loved.,
there is an end -- except fear.
(Phyllis Bottome, Innocence and Experience,
Source: The New
Beacon Book of Quotations By Women
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