( solo, couple, or travel w/ friends ) travel tips
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“Let’s take a shortcut!” My friend shouted out at me as we zipped through traffic in the streets of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on our motorcycles. It was a late Friday night and traffic was heavy. My friend sped up. I was trailing close behind him. We ducked into a pitch black area. Even with our high beams on, we could see nothing. Just rolling hills. Dirt. Dust swirling in the air from us. The ground underneath was slippery. We were going too fast. My back tire skidded a bit. ButI quickly caught my balance. My friend was just a short distance ahead. He wasn’t so lucky. He had a nasty spill. I rode past him. Circled back but I was going too fast. I wobbled. Braked hard (rookie mistake). Skidded across the dirt. Toppled over. My ego was bruised but I was fine. My friend however lied there for a bit. He ended up being okay. Bloodied but not beaten as they say. It was one of the moments where I was glad it wasn’t worst than it probably should have been and also glad I had a traveling buddy (and health insurance, LOL).
I love traveling. Most of the time I do it solo. So much so that I’m often asked if I ever get scared when I go to other countries. How do I get around, etc etc. It’s funny to think about sometimes because I’m so used to it. I spent my entire life traveling (not sure how I clocked in 17 years of living in Los Angeles). l’ve traveled with my family, solo, with friends, and doing the whole couple bit. I thought this post was a great time to share my thoughts which way to travel is the best for all of you fellow travelers (and aspiring travelers out there).
Solo Travel - Solo travel is something everyone should try at some point in their life. There's no better way to get to know who you are as a person than by spending time with yourself away from the distractions of life. Especially when you’re young and don’t have a lot of responsibilities. Not to say you can only do it when you’re young. Traveling is timeless and doing it alone is a true treasure. Go at it alone. Test yourself. I’m a big fan of stepping out of your comfort zone. This is a great way to do it.
Couple Travel - This one is tricky. But it’s actually a really great way to test how awesome your relationship and compatibility is with someone. When you travel as a couple you’re put in these problem solving situations together and really get to know someone’s personality quirks in an interesting way. It’s funny so share war stories through the years with friends. I knew one couple where any trip they took together they would argue the entire time (they divorced after a years). I was really lucky in that whenever I traveled with someone we actually got along really well. PRO TIP: I found that if you go with the flow and have your own personal game plan ahead of the trip you’re able to pivot any way you want. I always like letting my fellow traveler what I HAVE TO DO even if it’s alone and ask them what they would be interested in ahead of time. They typically do the same in response. It always goes smoothly that way (even if doesn’t go according to plan).
Travel with Friends - This is probably the trip where one you have the funnest stories to share but also the most potential for disaster. Usually it’s the case where there is something really amazing that happens and you get to share with your pals. Then it’s quite the opposite where one or all of you get into it on a long drunken night of “live your best life”. You have to travel with friends because it’s too much fun not to. Just go into it with your eyes open and always keep your passport close by.
Travel with Family - Globetrotting with your family is always a great bonding experience but it can also be a serious headache at times, LOL. Don’t play like you don’t know what I mean because you do, haha. From being bored out of your mind to arguing about where to go next, nothing is quite like traveling with your family. Also the sense of accomplishment when you realized you survived another family outing is quite gratifying.
In any case, I think you should do all of the above at least once in your life. Here’s the thing about traveling that’s so special. You get to experience life in a brand new way. Experiencing a different culture. Stepping into a new world outside of your normal routine and comfort zone. It’s what’s so special about life.
PS. Watching a sunset is beautiful anywhere in the world. Always partake when you can. Enjoy the little things.