Seeing how others live is extremely inspiring. It ignites change in such a positive way, birthing my desire to do more, see more and want more.
Personally, I feel refreshed, energized and hopeful after a getaway.
There’s more to see in this world than the USA – often a choice destination for many Jamaicans – there are so many places with more attainable visas just waiting to be explored.
Instead, Airbnb’s, traditional BnB’s, hiking and exploring were the sources of my joy.
What I loved the most was that each country I explored offered something different that I will forever cherish.
Prague is truly a stunning city. The buildings are so breathtakingly beautiful, the rich history oozes from the walls.
The grand medieval feel is like being transported into another time. One could get lost, appreciating every minute of it.
Polish food surprised me! I love to eat, even though I have serious food allergies, which forces me to be a picky eater.
We went to this very quaint restaurant called U Leszka. From the outside looking in, I was hesitant to dine there as it seemed like a hole in the wall.
The regulars swear by U Leszka.
But as I entered, I became more and more impressed with the décor. It was very vintage eclectic, a true ode to the previous owners.
The ambience definitely set the tone for the unconventional dinner to follow. Everything was fresh, crisp and well done – truly one of the best food experiences I’ve had thus far.
I appreciate the little things, so the fact that the trails were properly labelled and in English definitely helped.
It didn’t feel like a maze, the pathways were clear and there were several ways to the popular spots.
Meanwhile, in Denmark, particularly Copenhagen, I saw what I deemed to be the most modern country I’ve been to thus far.
The transport methods were easy to manoeuvre and so far have been the best I’ve encountered based on the countries I’ve travelled to.
What was even more interesting is that one of the primary means of transportation for locals is bicycles, something that would be frowned upon in Jamaica.
Cyclists even have their own lanes, traffic lights, parking and even trollies in the trains have slots for bikers.
Comfy shoes – If you really want to explore, be prepared to ditch your “hot gal heels” for some trendy, comfortable sneakers.
Power bank – for the long-haul, whether backpacking/hiking. This is a must for those who don’t want to go completely out of touch.
Microfiber Towel – as I said, allergies aplenty, so for me, a microfiber towel is a MUST!
Offline maps – to navigate and minimise your chances of getting lost – you will get lost, it’s all a part of the adventure).
Medication kit – Listen, if you have any type of food-sensitivity or allergies like myself, best believe you’ll need some quick m.
Be sure to pack allergy tabs, charcoal tablets for any gut irritation, painkillers, nausea tablets, etc. You’ll thank me later.
Always check the climate/weather of the country you’ll be visiting so you can be prepared. This way you can pack accordingly and be able to dress appropriately. Also, planning your outings around weather conditions will make life much easier.
Plan your trip ahead of time this way you maximize your productivity. Research attractions you’d like to visit beforehand so you’ll be better prepared. You can always make adjustments to suit incidentals, but having a plan is key for the best experiences.
Do not overpack! For short trips, especially when backpacking, it is important to be calculated about the things you pack.
Bring a reusable water bottle, it’s cost-effective and handier on hiking trips, you just fill up and go. Plus, you won’t always have access to purchasing water, so that’s something to consider.
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