As I announced last week I have some upcoming travel plans in the works. So this week I thought it would be good to go over some pre-travel safety tips, if anyone is like me and has a love/hate relationship with the planning stage (I only want to focus on the fun bits like what food I'm going to try there or what things I'm going to see, and just hope that the nitty-gritty details just work themselves out)
1) Get insurance
This is boring, but as the old adage says, it's better to be safe than sorry. No one wants to get caught out, especially while away from home. So just suck it up, buttercup and buy yourself some insurance that includes medical and cancellation. Some credit cards have this part of your policy, so look into it. It's cheaper and easier to get than you might think.
2) Look into visas
Being Canadian I often just assume a visa isn't required for my travel destinations and this is more times than not a correct thought, but how much would that suck to arrive some place just to be truned back because I didn't do the research before hand.
Some places may not require a visa, but might require specific immuniations to enter the country, so look into that too.
3) Write down your itinerary
Even if it's just a loose idea of where you will be when, it's a good idea to write this info down.
4) Share it with someone
Now, with that itinerary you wrote down? Share that with a family member or friend not going on the trip with you. If something were to happen, someone at home would know where you should be and possibly how to get a hold of you if needed.
5) Get mail picked
This could be the same family member/friend as above. Ask them nicely to checkup on your place once in a while and collect any mail/flyers/newspapers on your doorstep.
6) Tell bank
As I mention in this month's travel link up post: Money tips whilst traveling, tell your bank where exactly you will be going and for how long. This protects yourself against if fraudulentactivity were to occur at home or as a result of your trip.
This week has been lacking on the blog posts, I wish it was for some fun reason, however it's not. I've just been working lots and not being a good manager of my free time.
That said, I've been putting in the extra hours FOR a fun reason--what I'm usually and always striving for: Travel!
In 22 days I flight out to Las Vegas for a girls weekend in the Sin City before heading further south, I'm talking South America! I'm meeting up with girl friend in Machu Picchu after she completes an amazing 5 day hike up to the ruins. I, however, will be taking the train up #knowyourlimits.
We will be spending roughly 2 weeks in Peru and Bolivia and although I'm slightly terrified that we only have a small portion of it booked, I'm excited for the upcoming adventure.
When 2016 started, I didn't have any travel plans booked beyond my epic trip to England, and honestly thought that was going to be it for the year. But when someone asks me if I want to go somewhere, my answer is 'Yes to adventure' first, figure out the details later.
Now, let's see if I can time manage better and get some scheduled posts done for while I'm away. #dontholdyourbreath
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I'm a complete museum junkie. Just can't get enough of them. Want to see them all! So, while checking out Chihuly, I knew I couldn't just stop there and popped over to 'Tattoos. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art'; another exhibit I was dying to see.
Not only was it a visual treat with the designs and artistic works on display it was also a history lesson about the tools, the stigma, the practice of this old art form.
I love this Japanese painting. The look of utter discomfort expressed in her body with just the tiniest hint as to its source. I couldn't stop studying it.
This is a decorative plate of Rusty Fields, the most tattoo'd British woman. In America people purposely covered themselves in tattoos in order to join Side Shows and earn a living. Seeing a person covered in tattoos was an oddity to 'normal' society.
It was interesting to see this picture of a young Anna Gibbons juxtaposed to an older Anna Gibbons. She is covered in religious tattoos given to her by her husband.
Most favourite image of the whole exhibit. This would be me if I ever actually got a tattoo.
It was an enjoyable exhibit and if you want to check it out yourself you have to make it fast! It ends September 5, 2016.