A nice gift I bought from my last trip in South Korea

There’s a myriad of places you can visit in South Korea, but one of the most popular destinations by far is the busy capital city of Seoul. I recently had the chance to visit it, and although did not have a lot of time to go sightseeing, I did take a trip to several shops to make sure that I got at least several souvenirs for friends and family.

Upon stepping inside such a shop, I quickly found out that Korean souvenirs are like no other. Many Americans and Europeans who have no Asian friends might have little to no knowledge when it comes to the cultural differences between one Asian country and the next. The fact of the matter is that Koreans definitely stand out from the crowd, and that’s because they have unique customs.

Although it is hardly characteristic to Korea, the first thing, I purchased when I got there was a brand new chinchilla wheel. Don’t get me wrong — it was hardly my intention to go scouring pet shops. However, I had my daughter in mind when I decided to get something nice for her pet, which seems to be her whole world right now. My wife and I decided on a chinchilla because it was considerably more low-maintenance compared to a dog and, as long as our daughter cares for it properly, it can live a long and happy life.

Getting back to what you can get for friends and family while you’re visiting South Korea, I would say that one of the most common things you might come across in many shops is dried seaweed. Everywhere I went, people kept adding it to soups or eating it as a snack. Something I wasn’t aware of, until my trip, was that seaweed is jam-packed with vitamin K, calcium, iodine, iron, and copper. It’s also low in fat and calories, which is definitely a plus. So, I made sure I bought a bunch of them even though I heard they were also available in the United States.

Bowls and cutleries are also rather popular if you want to make sure that your souvenir will make an impression. Something that I particularly enjoyed was sifting through the many options available in tea shops. I was in awe with the plethora of cups and kettles I stumbled upon. These people sure take their tea seriously.

Yet another gift that I didn’t fail to be impressed with was Hanji. What this term actually refers to is handmade paper. Some of the designs I saw were downright breathtaking, and upon having a talk with a seller, I found out that this type of paper is sometimes crafted from natural materials such as barks of the mulberry tree. Nowadays, artificial alternatives are more common, but they are still largely utilized to create stationary, hanging lamps, paper dolls, and a variety of other decorative and functional items.

It would be a shame not to eat pasta while in Rome, so I had to try out kimchi. Available in a broad array of varieties, this snack or side dish is a uniquely fermented type of cabbage that contains a plethora of natural probiotics, which is why it is particularly healthy. Koreans eat enormous amounts of kimchi per year, and it has recently become rather popular in the Western world, as well, and that’s mostly due to its nutritional value.

 

Should You Bring Your Dog When You Travel?

There are many advantages to owning a dog, like improved happiness and health. But many people see dogs as an obvious impediment to travel plans. Dog owners stay home more often, and may feel like travel is out of reach. Other pets can be easier to leave behind.

The truth is, there are extra costs involved, whether you bring your pup along or hire a pet-sitter. That’s one of the reasons many people put off pet ownership until they’re financially stable and settled. However, you shouldn’t feel limited just because you own a dog. Travel can be good for both of you, even if it involves time apart.

Traveling With a Pet

You may have heard horror stories of airlines mishandling dogs in cargo bays. Because airlines tend to treat pets more like luggage than living creatures, cargo holds can indeed be dangerous. They may be too hot or too cold, and airlines don’t always take appropriate precautions to ensure your pet’s safety. And airline insurance compensation for injury or death of a pet is deeply inadequate.

So if you’re considering taking your pet along on a flight, do your research. Find out what size and breed restrictions are placed on dogs traveling in the cabin, and how the airline handles pets in cargo holds. If you’re traveling in extreme temperatures, remember that dogs may also be held on the tarmac for extended periods and can face danger there.

In the US, anyone with a mental or physical disability can bring a service animal or emotional support animal into the flight cabin (per the Amended Air Carrier Access Act), so you should know your rights and ask for an exception if you have a disability. You may need a medical letter of recommendation for verification.

Better yet, hit the road. Dogs love car trips, and even a long stretch can be covered by land (or sea–some boats, like ferries, frequently permit leashed dogs). If you’re hiking, backpacking, or planning to spend a lot of time outdoors, your dog will be thrilled to come along.

Pet travel guides can help you find affordable pet-friendly accommodation, activities, restaurants, and more. You can also hire a pet-sitter to provide doggy daycare at your destination, if you have obligations where your pup won’t be permitted to tag along.

Finding a Caregiver

Many dog owners prefer not to leave their pets in kennels, which can be crowded and offer little one-on-one stimulation. Plus, kennels often turn away certain breeds, or temperamental dogs–and can be terrifying for dogs with separation anxiety. What other options are you left with?

Every dog owner should have one or more trusted caregivers they can call for help. Even if you don’t travel often, it’s best to have a plan in place with someone who knows your dog and your home. You can find vetted, experienced pet-sitters through Rover.com, which also insures the stay and processes payments.

Be aware of any unique needs your dog has, and look for sitters who are experienced, adaptable, and friendly. When you do your Meet & Greet, observe them carefully with your pet. Does your dog seem comfortable? Can they handle your puppy’s high-energy antics, or nourish your older dog’s mellow spirit? Your sitter should be able to communicate clearly with you and with your dog.

Staying with a pet-sitter can often feel like a mini-vacation, and if you find the right fit, your pup will soon have a home-away-from-home.

Whether you bring your dog on your next trip or find an amazing Rover sitter, consider changing it up next time. Who says your dog won’t enjoy a road trip to your family reunion? And if you’ve always been inseparable from your canine companion, why not look for a caregiver for your next short trip instead? Travel can give you both a wonderful change of pace. And whatever you choose this time around, you can always experiment in the future.

Written by Nat Smith, Rover.com community member. Rover is the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers.

Keeping your travel options open

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I appreciate most about the world today, is the vast array of options that we have, thanks to the internet. Gone are the days of having one family holiday a year. Our grandparents used to book their family holiday in January, and travel in August. Two weeks in Benidorm were the sum total of their travel options for a whole year.

Keeping your travel options open
Keeping your travel options open

Once the choice was made, that was it! Off they went, to the sunny Spanish coast, and they never imagined a day when people could have five, six or more holidays a year. Fortunately, things have moved on since then, and it’s a great advantage to have short and long breaks available all year round.

What about a different starting point?

A great tip is to start from different airport in your own country. You can check out all the possible destinations available, and that might spark some new ideas. You don’t have to move from your desk to do that. There’s a good selection at eDreams and you can play around with different connecting flights to reach pretty much any destination in the world. I bet you will find some fabulous destinations that you haven’t considered before. Just by researching these practical details, you can stumble across some dream locations that are well worth trying out.

Design your own itinerary

For some people, package holidays are ideal. You don’t have to do any planning, and there will be a holiday rep who can take care of all your questions. That’s not the way I like to travel, though. I like to experiment with different modes of transport and choose my own accommodation. It takes a little bit more work in advance, but I know that everything will be chosen with my own personal taste in mind. Usually, I will have a day or two in a restful location, ideally with beach and pool. This will be followed by something active, like rafting or pony trekking. After that, I will choose a final destination that is luxury itself, and I will return home fit, healthy and relaxed.

Holidays where and when you want them

I have never understood why people go back to the same place every year. One of the biggest pleasures of travel today is discovering something new. We all love to go where no blogger has gone before, pushing back the frontiers of travel writing, and coming back to write all about it. I remember going to the coast of Brittany, and looking out to sea, thinking all the while about the huge Atlantic Ocean and the distance from there to America. We are duped into thinking that the world has become smaller, simply because our media give us a window into every corner of the world. It is only when you visit these places of your dreams that you realise just how huge and amazing the world really is.

Choices, choices

It should be quite obvious by now that one of the great delights in life can be weighing up your potential options. Planning future adventures can be almost as much fun as going on the trips themselves! In fact, sometimes you can discover incredible bargains or interesting new ideas when you are busily researching your next trip. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can dream, plan and book, all from the comfort of your own sofa. Speaking of which, it’s time for a coffee and some travel blog surfing. So where shall we head for next …?

Travel round India worries free

Traveling thru any country can be mind-blasting experience, especially if you got time and money, and I mean a lot of money, particularly if you want to see India, or at least parts of India, because it is a huge country. When I say huge, I mean the 7-th largest country in the world and a country with a history dating 30,000 years in the past. Normally, the best way to travel round India would be by car or using ground public transport, that being if you have a lot of time, at least a year. As we all don’t have that much time, maybe the best option is to plan a trip to few cities, and use air transport, saving time, and surprisingly money. The option to travel by air we researched was by spicejet flight booking.

If you are traveling on budget, and expecting a comfortable and fast boarding and an array of destinations, this is a nice choice. When booking use the usual tactics, choose your departure city, choose your destination, find the best price, and voilà.

You can check in online, 48 hours prior to boarding, print it and you’re set to go. Don’t worry; you don’t have to think of snacks and sandwiches during your flight, you can pre-order a hot meal, from a variety of menus, vegan, vegetarian or regular. Baggage policy is same as everywhere, free carry-on bag, and a checked baggage up to 20 kg, for a nominal fee of course. And you don’t have to bother waiting in front of the gate, there are lounges on all the main airports. What differs from many other companies is the free privilege to choose your seat when using the “SpiceFlex” class, and with it you can make free changes to your booking as well. Other fine options are also complementary water, sale of alcoholic beverages, and many other options to make your flight as pleasant as one can be. Still, bear in mind that it is a low-budget company, so leg room is approximately as the price you will pay, so if you are as tall as I am, better choose a large space seat, pay it, it’s worth it.

Now you are set to go, you got the means, and now you need to see WHERE TO GO! This question has no simple answer; as a matter of fact it has tons of answers. Think of India as a small planet, with all the seasons happening at once on different locations, and it is impossible to see all of India in one trip, even if you spend a year trying, believe it, impossible. So, here are few trip hints to make you decide easier:

Classic – Try the most popular India tour called the Golden Triangle, featuring a visit to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, visiting Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort in Delhi, then heading to Agra and visiting the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, and finish with Jaipur and the Pink City and the fort at Amber.

Beaches – the south of India has many of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if this is what you are after, you won’t be sorry. Of course you have to visit Goa beach, than the Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty beach where you’ll try bhelpuri (puffed rice, noodles, green mango and a tangy sauce), than the black sand beaches of Kovalam and Varkala in Kerala. Normally you would want to miss the beautiful Dal Lake in Srinagar in Kashmir, rent a water cabin and enjoy the wonderful mountains hiding in the morning mist.

Spiritual – if you are on a spiritual journey, or you just like visiting temples, in India you find plenty, there is a temple almost everywhere, in every town, village or habitat. But, the most glorious temples are settled in north and central India. Visit the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the edifices of Khajuraho, the Sun Temple in Konark, then go south and visit the gopuram towers covered with statues, and the uniquely decorated temple caves at Ajanta and Ellora. With this few suggestions bear in mind that we have only scratched the surface, the choices are many, much many more!

– Hinging and trekking – not much need to be said when it comes to this subject, after all, we are taking of the mother country of the Himalayas. If you are up to this, then visiting some hiking club would be a better idea, because you can choose from high mountain tops, to water rafting, skiing and many more. The destinations range from the Kullu Valley to the high reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Uttar hand. Do this ideally in September or October, after the monsoon.

– Wildlife enthusiasts – again, a horde of choices, just find what you want to see most. There are national reserves all over India, wild elephants in Wayanad and Kerala, tigers in Madhya Pradesh, lions in Sasan Gir and rhinos in Assam. Still just scratching the surface, the option to travel and see wildlife is huge!

Just find your trigger, book in time, have nice flight, and enjoy India!

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My amazing weekend in Cracow

That wasn’t my first trip to Poland as a teenager, I have an opportunity to visit this country if I remember correctly that was the summer in 2000 so it passed almost twenty years! There were three main reasons why I choose Poland, and to be more precise Cracow for my trip. First of all, as I mentioned I have some memories from this country and I taught that it will be a great opportunity to refresh my associations connected with this country. Another one is the fact that currently, I’m living in the place where I can buy really cheap flights to Cracow. The last one is “pierogi” It’s been almost twenty years since my last visit in Poland but I still remember this taste. Of course, you can get them in Manchester too, for example in this amazing restaurant –   Staropolska Restaurant but pierogi is like with pizza – no matter where you will be eating them the best you will find in a local restaurant. I hope that you have been interested in this short introduction because you will find the story of my trip below.

Three steps to Cracow

Before whole travel, I have to make some preparations. First of all –  flight, which was one of the main reasons why I decided to go to Cracow. Nowadays finding the really cheap flight is easier than ever you have dozens of sites where you can find them, personally, I use global.cheapflights.com this is the simplest and the fastest way to find a flight. Last but not least step which I have done to prepare my trip was booking a transfer from and to the airport. In this case, I use quicktransfer.com.  Not only in case of saving time but primarily to save some money – booking transfer in advance is much cheaper than taking a taxi from the airport. I was also wondering about choosing discovercracow.com but finally I make my tour for my own. Finally the most difficult part of the preparation for the trip – booking hotel. Of course, the choice was really hard because I have to decide whether I wanted to stay close to the city center or maybe have a better hotel but placed outside the main square. Of course, I choose the first option, I need a room only for two nights so it is really important to have main monuments as close as it possible. After that, I have to pack my case and wait for the amazing trip.

Day one – travel and arriving

The flight was good, luckily without delays or any other troubles – less than 3 hours and I was in place. The driver from the Quicktransfer was waiting for me so I don’t have to worry about the transfer, my limousine drove me to the hotel. The driver was really kind and he gave me some bits of advice about the city or attractions but of course, I have a plan for whole my trip. As a place for my short stay a choose palace-apartment reasonable price nice room and great location that’s everything I need. When I arrived and unpacked my luggage it was almost 6 PM so, to be honest, I have time only for the walkthrough Main Square which is the heart of this beautiful and historical city. The atmosphere on the square is amazing, you can find there a lot of performers and street musicians. However, if you decide to go to Cracow during the Christmas holidays you will surely fall in love with this city, the smell of the mulled wine and flavor of polish cuisine will take care of that. On the square, you can also find “Sukiennice” which is the cloth hall and impressive Town Hall Tower. After this pleasant, it was time for a dinner. As you know I’m big fan of dumplings so I can’t miss this opportunity.

Day two

Cracow is a beautiful city with amazing history, After breakfast, I went to learn this history. My first steps were directed to the Kazimierz district which before XIX was a separate city. For many years Christian and the Jewish community are coexisting together. During this walk, I can’t miss the opportunity to visit one of the most important museums in Cracow – Old Synagogue. Inside this building, you can find an exhibition dedicated to Jewish holidays. Another part of my tour leads me to the Oskar Schindler factory. This place has a long story – during WWII it was the shelter for many Jews, furthermore in 1993 famous director – Steven Spielberg filmed Schindler’s List there. Nowadays the building is transformed into the museum. Another step of our tour will be a st. Benedikt castle. This is a really unique fort in European scale. It is part of the fortress of Cracow, this building was designed by famous architect Feliks Ksiezarski. Now It’s time for the main attractions of the day and the whole trip – the Wieliczka salt mine. This small village is placed only 14 km on the southeast of Cracow. The mine has more than 300 km of tunnels even 327 m underground. The whole mine have 22 chambers which are open to public tours, believe me, this is an unforgettable trip. 135m underground you will find sanatorium where allergic diseases are treated by overnight stays! After this tour, I have get back into the Cracow city center. It was pretty late when I got to the place, but it was only a beginning of my adventure. Believe me, night life in this city is really intensive.

Departure day

That will be the last day of my trip I have time only for early dinner and walk along the Wisla river. After this refreshing walk driver from Quicktransfer comes for me and I went to the airport. Of course, flight to my home city was quick and safe. That was a really amazing trip, unfortunately too short so I definitely return to this City.

3 Things You Shouldn’t Forget When Going Fishing With Your Husband

Whether you’re into angling as well, or you’re just looking forward to your next fishing trip with your special someone, the fact is that you can’t leave home without putting together a list of things you should take with you. Let’s forget about the actual gear and tackle that anglers use regularly and that they make sure to pack whenever a fishing opportunity arises.

 

To make the most of your angling adventure, we’ve put together a list of three things you should never leave behind.

  • Safety-related items

If you intend to go boat fishing, you need to make sure that you have two things with you. One of them is a first-aid kit and the other is a marine fire extinguisher. Most people will be surprised, but the incidence of fires on boats is rather high, which is ironic in a way given that boats are surrounded by so much water. Nonetheless, fire extinguishers for marine use have special substances in them that can put out a fire way faster than water ever could.

As for first-aid kits, their presence on the boat is self-explanatory. Even when fly fishing, you need to ensure that you and your hubby’s skin is protected at all times, which is why we recommend keeping some sunscreen at hand. If you’re going fishing with the kids, make sure to bring along personal floatation devices or life vests for them.

  • Proper clothing

While some rookies might argue that there’s little to no point in investing in quality fishing clothes, this issue is still debatable. Sure, some things like fishing t-shirts might make little to no sense as they do not come with a good deal of pockets to store your gear in. However, a fishing vest or jacket can mean the world to an angler who wants to know that all the tackle is easily reachable.

If you want to stay close to your partner and assist him or her in their fishing endeavors, perhaps you need a pair of nice-looking fishing waders for women. These can be waist or chest-high, made from neoprene or rubber, and might come with integrated boots or not. Some fishers tend to think that those models made specifically for women have to be pink or brightly colored, but we’ve seen that the design matters less when it comes to getting a functional wader.

Hats and sunglasses are great, as well, especially if you’re going to spend a whole day under the sun.

  • Food and water

If you plan to spend a whole day on the water, it stands to reason that you should be properly hydrated and have enough nourishment with you. The least you could bring along is some beef jerky, chopped carrots, sunflower seeds, sandwiches, chips, or just some light snacks that can withstand the heat. In a worst case scenario, if you’re left with no water, we recommend getting a filter like LifeStraw, which is basically a portable bottle that can filter water from any potable source. Stream and river fishers are going to love this product, without a doubt.

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What To Do When You Are In Japan

Taking a trip to Japan was one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and it truly is a land filled with history, culture and everything that you could possibly want from a country. I love the culture especially and wanted to talk about a few of the things that you need to do whilst you are there.

Japan
Japan

I hope you enjoy reading about it and I hope that you will love Japan as much as I do.

Eat sushi

Everyone knows and loves sushi, but the thing is that it isn’t something you can truly appreciate until you have actually been to Japan. The Japanese pride themselves on the finest fish and the most meticulous preparation to make sushi great. You will never try sushi as good as you can in Japan, so you absolutely need to eat as much sashimi, nori rolls and nigiri as possible.

Visit mount Fuji

Mount Fuji definitely is one of the most iconic sights of Japan that you could think of. It is a beautiful place and definitely something that you should see, even better is climbing the mountain and it may sound like a challenge at 3776 metres high, but it is relatively tame in comparison to other high mountains, especially due to the lack of actual climbing (with your hands and feet) and the good paths that exist on the mountain. The view from the top is amazing and is something that you truly will now forget. The mountain itself is seen to be rather holy in Japan and has been the site for pilgrimages for hundreds of years.

Visit the beautiful Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most beautiful places that you could imagine, especially with the huge number of temples that you can visit there. If you have ever considered Japan road trips, Kyoto would likely be on the best places to put on your list. You could endlessly explore the area and go from temple to temple. Zen Buddhism is also very fascinating and you can naturally learn a lot about it in Kyoto.

Enjoy the atmosphere of karaoke

Karaoke is a fun pastime that we have all tried at one point or another, but wouldn’t it be great to try it in the place where is was invented? The Japanese truly love to sing and they are fanatics about karaoke. They love to have themed rooms that are so well designed and thought out that only the Japanese could have built them!

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Okinawa

Japan is an otherworldly kind of place and Okinawa is the most curious and interesting part of Japan in my mind. It really does not look or feel like anywhere else in Japan, especially due to its hot and tropical climate and stunning beaches. It is only when you hear the people speaking Japanese that you will realise that you are still in Japan. This is an amazing destination for diving and swimming and is a great way to catch some sunshine whilst in Japan.

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Applying for an Indian Visa? Things you should know!

The charming and delightful India!  

India is a beautiful and fascinating country full of history and ethnic diversity. It is famous for its centuries-old temples, the remarkable Taj Mahal, and contemporary skyscrapers. Its geographical features consist of breathtaking hill resorts, majestic Himalayan mountains, frozen glaciers, fertile valleys and beautiful beaches. It has a rich history and a large number of historical sites dating back to the Mughal empire. The British rule also left an everlasting imprint on this great country. India’s fascinating cultural heritage and popular hill resorts make it one of the most popular tourist destinations. Apart from tourism, a large number of people visit India for numerous other reasons such as education, religious pilgrimage, business, and much more. Anyone who wishes to visit India is required to first apply and secure a valid Indian visa and have a valid passport of the country they belong to.

Requirements for Indian Visa

Generally, there are four main requirements for a valid Indian visa. You will need to complete the necessary documentation which includes a completed and signed application form, passport number, visa fee, and a recent photograph and submit the documents on time.

There are different types of visas and the applicant’s nature of the visit and the number of days the applicant will stay in India will determine the type of visa he or she requires. For example, a tourist visa can be valid for 6 months to 10 years, depending on the requirements of different visa applications. Student and business visas are both valid for a minimum of 1 year.

Steps for applying for an Indian visa

The first step when applying for an Indian visa application is to fill out the form. This form can be obtained from the Indian Consulate or the Indian Embassy. This form can also be obtained online but online applications can take more than 1 day to process. Indian visas are issued by the Visa and the Consular Passport Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to tourists from different countries. Two passport size photos are also required. These photos should be colored, the applicant must be facing front and should have the photograph taken without wearing any glasses. The applicant must also complete other standard requirements, if any, and attach all the documents with the application.

You should also have a valid and current passport before applying for an Indian visa. The passport should have at least two or more blank pages where the visa can be stamped. A copy of your birth certificate should also be submitted with the application. This acts as confirmation of your nationality, date of birth and your parent’s name. In addition, a photocopy of your driver’s license, state identification card, or a current utility bill (water, electricity, gas, sewage). Visitors to India can get their visa extended for a further three months. For this purpose, you will need to visit a Foreigner’s Registration Office which can be easily located in all the major cities in India such as Calcutta, New Delhi, Chennai or Mumbai.

Feel Great Experience Vacation with Royal Caribbean Baltimore Cruising Program

The Royal Caribbean Baltimore offers cruise trip to the great Port Discovery, National Aquarium or Baltimore Zoo in the city, and the baseball adventure Inner Harbor.

royal Caribbean Baltimore If it is your first experience, having a journey on a cruise ship is indeed a popular option to spend the holiday time. People can enjoy their time at the sea and visit the most popular cities and destinations around the world. In this case, the royal Caribbean Baltimore is an option where people will be brought to the famous city of Baltimore in Maryland. The city has a lot of attractive things to explore.

There are many things to see and to do for those who join the royal Caribbean Baltimore. The city offers everyone in the family some attractive places to visit. The kids can enjoy their time in Port Discovery. They can also check out the amazing collection in National Aquarium in the city, or visit the Baltimore Zoo that has more than 2000 animals.
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Five “I Will Not Travel Without” Items

Travel items
Travel items

Everyone has a security blanket.  No, not some warm piece of fabric that we’ve been carrying around since childhood.  In this case, the security blanket is the item(s) that you simply won’t leave behind because they either mean that much to you or they are really that practical.  Doesn’t matter if I’m hopping flights, camping out or simply visiting family, there are five items that I won’t travel without.  Want to know what they are?

1) Towel.  Scoff and mock all you want, but I will always have some form of towel on me when I travel.  Doesn’t need to be huge, just a hand towel will do (a washcloth is too small).  Why?  The best reason is because of a book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I won’t spoil anything.  Other reasons are because it’s great to dry off with, wrap fragile items in, use as an emergency “here I am!” beacon and you never know what kind of scuzzy hotel you could end up in.

2) Harmonica.  Small, simple and easy to carry, these little guys have never led me astray.  I’ve kept myself occupied during layovers, played for change to get to the next bus station and sat in with incredible musicians all over the world.

3) Swiss army knife.  A bit tougher to travel with in recent times, the knife is always in my pocket or in my bag (unless I’m doing carry-on).  The reasons are many and range from the ability to open wine and cut cheese on a Paris bound overnight train to fixing a bike that has a few screws loose.  If it was good enough for MacGyver, it’s good enough for me.

4) Pad and pen.  This one should be fairly obvious.  I like making paper airplanes and shooting spit-balls.  Clearly.

5) Baby powder.  Sure, laugh it up, but I always travel with a small bottle of the stuff.  Great for masking the “I’ve been stuck on a plane for hours” stench, for freshening up clothes that may have gone a touch stale and, forgive me, it keeps things from chaffing if you’re walking around for hours or days at a time.  You feet will thank you, your traveling companions will thank you and then you’ll thank me.  Simple as that.

See?  A few simple and relatively cheap things that I won’t walk out the door without.  Feel free to steal from this list.  Feel even more free to add your own “must haves” in the comments section or on my Twitter.  What won’t you leave home without?  Watches, wallets, spectacles?

Steve Zimmermann has drank with Aussies in Italy, danced on floating stages in Austria, sailed with dolphins in St. Vincent and pulled boats through creeks in Ireland.  He is a Lancaster, PA based writer who worked on the PR side of travel tourism before embarking on a career as a copywriter who happens to do a lot of traveling.  Follow him @zedcreative and say hello.