“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

During any of my travels, either a weekend getaway to Vegas or a month long trip to Vietnam, I realized that there’ll probably be a pot hole somewhere in the road. It could be some airline losing your friends luggage on a short 2 hour flight to the final destination or a controversy at the landing visa station causing you to miss your next flight out.

Whatever it may be, don’t let it get to you. Easier said than done but try to find the solution to the problem instead of focusing on what happened. Lost luggage and got nothing to wear? Ask some friends to lend some clothes. Or missed your flight? Look around for the next flight out with reasonable price and take the lost and move on.

By doing this, it made my trips much more enjoyable. In the beginning stages of my travels journey, I would feel down and distressed for a bit. I let it get to me and I can tell you now, that those trips were not so memorable.

You got to learn to just laugh at those potholes moments. They do make some humorous stories when your back home sharing your travels with friends and family!

 “Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

Telling friends and family that I would be only visiting Vietnam and not other countries around Asia, they all looked at me strangely on why I don’t just visit the surrounding countries since I’m already there. This comes down to personal choice. When reading one of my favorite travel blogs, he mentioned that he loves to slow travel more than fast.

Knowing who I am, I fell in love with the idea of slow travel! I’ve always hated being rushed from one place to another. It felt as if I never really got to see all the things I wanted too because I had to ‘keep moving’ in short matter of time.

The other thing I love about going slow is that you get to meet more local people. When meeting locals, they usual show you some wonderful places in that city you otherwise wouldn’t find by looking online.

For me, I believe there’s a place and time when you do need to be on the move from one place to another in a hurry but there’s also a time where you must slow down and immerse yourself with that city/town.

However, there’s no right or wrong way to travel. It’s how you want to travel. I know a couple of friends that love getting the rushed feeling of being in a new city often and I know others (including myself), that love to take things slow.

Do whatever you enjoy more and don’t let others tell you otherwise!

 “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” – Susan Heller

Over packing has always been an issue for me. At the end of all my trips when I’m unpacking in my room, I always realized that there are a couple of items I never worn. My last trip, I packed 3 or 4 button up shirts which did take a pretty big chunk of my luggage space and I ended up not even using any of them once in that one month span!

Since finding this quote, I didn’t get the chance to use this suggestion yet. I did have some experience travelers telling me to pack light and bring extra money to buy anything I need over there but every time I start packing, I always seem to think that I’m under packing. I say to myself, it’s better to be prepared than unprepared right?

Well, if you have the same mind as me and you’re try to fit everything in one luggage but it doesn’t, you reason with yourself to go purchase a bigger luggage. This was obviously a big mistake because I am now stuck lugging my even bigger luggage around Vietnam with items that I probably won’t even use!

Don’t make the same mistake as me; bring additional money and fewer clothes, especially in hotter and cheaper countries!

Published by Duy Dang