Chapter 2
Before you go

If you have decided to travel independently you now have to decide where to go. Some of the things to consider are when is the best time to visit, what will the weather be like etc these things can be found in brochures and on the internet. Another thing to consider is when your chosen country/s festivals and holidays are, it would be a shame to miss the Rio Carnival by 1 day. Again check brochures, enquire at travel agents, check the internet.

One of the first things I do is to get a good lightweight shoulder bag with plenty of compartments and pockets. I find this one of my most useful pieces of equipment. My current shoulder bag costs around £15 in the UK. I saw them at the tourist market, whilst abroad, for £6, but I bought it at the local price of £3 see the shopping tips and tricks to find out how you do this.

On your outward and return journeys you can use your shoulder bag to carry the essential items you will need on your journey, Passports, currency, mobile, sweets, water, fruit drink, wet wipes etc etc. When you are away you can carry things you need while out and about and leave your main luggage at your hotel or Guest House. Before I set off I usually pack what I will need on the outward journey into this bag and then pack this bag in with my main luggage, I then only have to carry 1 bag to the airport. While I am waiting to check in I unpack this bag then I can check in my main luggage and I have my passport, flight tickets etc and the things I may need during the journey, easily to hand in the side pocket of my shoulder bag.


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