Hello SAFY folxs!

by Katie Yeaton

This month has been hectic.  I have backpacked the UK and driven cross-country, completing two of my goals.  During all of this traveling, I also transitioned from my position at UNLV and I am continuing to search for Res. Life jobs in the Massachusetts/New Hampshire area.  Constantly moving and searching for my next “step” has reminded me how much I appreciate those in my life.  I would not have been able to backpack the UK, drive cross-country, or be able to afford living in the Boston area if it were not for my friends and family.  So to all those out there who helped me on my journey this month or beyond, thank you.

For those looking to backpack or just take a vacation from their regular routine, here are my top 5 things to consider before you set out:
  1. Research: Search Pintrest, Expedia, Kiwi.com etc. for ideas on places you would like to travel and what is in your budget.  Use different websites to compare prices and be sure to erase your browser history to get the best fares.
  2. Travel Buddy: If you are traveling with someone or a group of people, create a shared document and a establish a meeting time to assemble your ideas.  Create a basic game plan of what you would like to do and places you would like to visit.  This way, you can plan your budget accordingly and still have a bit of wiggle room for some unexpected adventures.  If you are traveling alone, establish a travel buddy who will be a point of contact in the event of an emergency (or someone just to say hi to when you find Wifi).
  3. Pack Light: To optimize your travel time and the entire cost of your trip, pack light.  Avoid checking baggage at the airport and try to stick with what you can carry.  If you want to buy souvenirs in your journey, you might be surprised to find it cheaper to ship your gifts rather than paying for a checked bag.
  4. Pack a Book or Two:  You can definitely download several books to your phone, but I highly recommend saving battery power.  Bring the book on your shelf that you keep telling yourself you will read when you are not busy.
  5. Expect the Unexpected: Murphy’s Law is bound to happen.  Come prepared with a back-up plan.  Know who to contact (U.S. Embassy, AAA for auto service, mom, etc.) in the event of something urgent.  Be understanding that not everything will go according to plan, but you can make the best out of any situation.

It’s been a hectic month of travel, but I am back!  I finally got the opportunity to complete a goal I set for myself in high school.  For the past three weeks I have backpacked/traveled the UK and driven cross-country.

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