A Running List of Mini-Habits for Travel Training

Want to travel? Have time to train? Here are a few habits I’ve tried practicing at home (from time to time) that I’m hoping will come in handy when I travel abroad:

  1. Sleep uncomfortably. Try sleeping with less privacy, or on more uncomfortable surfaces (sofas, etc). Especially if you plan to stay in more affordable hostels, etc. this can be good acclimatization.
  2. Try new foods. Develop a broader taste palate before you *have* to. The possibility of travel can be a great motivator to expand your fod experiences.
  3. Navigate without a phone. Assume that you’ll be without cell service – and therefore without Google Maps. Turn off your phone (or leave it behind) and practice navigation by memory, landmark, map, and other methods.
  4. Ask strangers for things. If you plan to have to ask for things in another language (and you will have to), you should get good at asking for things in your own. Ask to borrow pens, etc.
James Walpole

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