Continuing the ABC of Backpacking Series – This time I explore the letters N O P and Q. If you have any that you would like to add, then please leave in the comments below the post. It will be interesting to see how many we can come up with.
N for Nomad
Mankind started out with a Nomadic lifestyle, thousands of years ago. Then he learnt to build cities and settle down but now he is getting restless again and the Digital Nomad lifestyle is evolving.
O for Orient
The word “Orient” comes from the Latin word oriens meaning “east”. In Europe it refers to anything to do with the Middle East or Asia and implying a touch of the exotic e.g. Oriental cuisine, Oriental looks. The word is not very often used these days
The Orient Express is a train which once ran from Paris to Istanbul but ceased operation in 1977. I was lucky enough to ride this train in 1975 using my Interail Pass.
O for Office
When you are on the road, writing upyour blog posts or catching up with emails then your Office is where you happen to be. You can work anywhere you have an internet connection. I like to find a good coffee shop and spend time there leeching off of their wifi. Other times i am just happy tethering from my mobile data so my office could be a beach or half way up a mountain
Make an Instant Office wherever you are.
P for Packing
Packing gets easier with each trip. I can now pack my backpack in less than an hour. The same things go in the same pockets. It becomes habit and makes everything easier to find once you are out there on the road.
Sometimes if i havent travelled for a while i will make a list of everything that i think i should pack which does make Packing easier.
I have one rule for Packing …….. If it doesn’t go in, then it doesn’t go. Once you get used to this rule, packing gets a whole lot easier. You don’t buy unnecessary souvenirs which take up room, you don’t pack too many clothes or books but sometimes you do squeeze one last item in 🙂
P for Passport
The most important document you will ever own if you intend to travel internationally. Look after it and be proud of it.
I keep mine in a plastic bag to prevent it getting damp or wet.
Photocopy your passport and keep the copy in a safe place seperate to the passport. You could also send yourself an email with a photo of the first page attached.
Don’t forget to renew your passport at least 6 months before it expires. Never leave it till the last minute.
P for Photography
Dont forget to take your camera. When you return home the photos you have taken will provide good memories for many years to come.
Dont forget to backup your digital photos on spare memory cards,
Open a Secret Facebook Group and store them there. Although Facebook does reduce the size considerably.
Share your best ones on Instagram.
Q for Queue
We all dread queues. They are a part of life and if we travel we will experience them many times.
In some countries there is no such thing as a queue. Whoever can get to the front first wins, so be prepared to push too.
They seem to be a waste of time and trying to find the shortest one can be exhausting.
Choose one and stick to it.
If you have a query just remember that others infront of you may also be asking for information.
Q for Quotes
Get Inspiration from reading Travel Quotes. Identify yourself in the words. Do they have any message for you?
Next time I will be exploring the letters R S T
Do you have any ABC’s to add to this series so far. I am interested to hear of any you have thought of.
This is a series on the ABC of Backpacking. You can catch up on any you have missed below.