August 16, 2018
While prepping for a trip, there are so many pieces of planning that can fall through the cracks. We tend to focus on a select list of items we need to get done and letting other tasks fall to the side. I can think of multiple items I already forgot to pack for my Asia travels, departing in approximately five hours. (I should be fine without a raincoat during prime monsoon season in Thailand, right?) It’s all part of the adventure.
Of course, being unrealistic and an amateur when it comes to foreign travel, I chose to use my time on getting my nails done prior to my trip. If I don’t have to pack nail polish or paint my nails for three weeks, it saves extra room in my suitcase. Logical.
While at the nail salon, I began discussing my travels with the technician. I was reminded by how refreshing it can be to hear a stranger’s experiences and advice, putting your own plans into perspective. Although I left feeling highly unprepared for my trip, I left with some of the best tips I’ve ever received regarding traveling abroad. They are as follows:
My conversation left me thinking about how we prepare for travel. We pack, we buy travel-sized shampoo, we research the best place to snorkel on the coast. It’s so easy to forget but SO important to remember assessing the cultural changes you’re about to face and create a plan for how you’re going to embrace them and execute. Read about the cities you are going to, how best to communicate and interact with those around you and what intangible items might be worth considering prior to hopping on your flight. With my portable Wi-Fi pack in stow, I’m hoping to be a little more prepared despite my oblivious lack of planning on how to best fit in to the countries I’m about to explore. Still, let’s be honest — as you’re reading this, I am more than likely stuck unsheltered in a rainstorm with a glow-in-the-dark manicure and a new perspective on travel prep, thanks to my trip to the nail spa.