Travel! That part of your personal life where you get to explore another terrain and rediscover a place much different from how you learned of them initially from books. Or some nerdy Facebook group filled with history majors.
It’s one reason why some historians end up becoming one of the most traveled individuals in the world. Not that they don’t trust their books. But the hardcore researchers read a couple of books or more before hitting it off to that exotic part of the world and verify if any of the things that they have learned is accurate.
There are travel books that occasionally derive information from history books. And there are travel books that read more like pamphlets warning you of the unscrupulous individuals that might take advantage of your “innocence” of the place and the behavior of the people that inhabit it. You may have heard of pickpocketing incidents involving tourists too preoccupied with the scenery.
But apart from the basics, anything more to add from the travel preparations that you have put in place? Let this list help you out.
Read the updated version of a history book.
Not just any book. Make sure that book has the information referring to that exotic part of the world that you intend to stay for the weekend. Or longer. Like it would be awkward to visit some tourist destinations in Turkey, for example, and not remove your shoes before entering a mosque to snap some selfies, not because they just did some tile and grout cleaning! But for cultural reasons. Some history books are written to make foreigners a little sensitive when it comes to cultural appropriation. So you have to be sensitive not only to your surroundings upon coming there but be aware of perceptions that might give locals the wrong impression about tourists like you.
When in a cue, line behind some business travelers.
It happens at times when you have the option to pick your line and see which individuals occupy them. You may not be on a business trip. But you have been around some corporate yuppies on their way to a conference. Being pressed for time, they have gotten used to moving fast even if they are not traveling as light as they should be. But their speed will be helpful for you as you simply have to keep up with them when lined up at the airport or some other station when traveling solo. Read More