3 quick tips for folks on long trips

A few personal reflections from a 6,000-mile journey.

Map of the my travels. Original map by Nicolas Raymond.

Photos from London to San Francisco. Original map by Nicolas Raymond.

Exactly one month ago today, I left the comfort of my studio apartment in London, England to film an interview in San Francisco, California. Now I’m six-thousand miles away from home and I’ve learned a few things about living on the road.

1. Know Your Limits

Let’s get one thing straight: I love traveling. But by the end of week two, I was physically, mentally and financially burned out. In the beginning of my trip, I was exhilarated to be in a new place and I wanted to see everything. You need to remember not to schedule your long vacation the same way you would a short vacation. Cushion your schedule with plenty of downtime to ensure you’ll have enough strength for week three.

2. Find the Locals

City centers are for short trip tourists. It’s exciting to visit the high street, but if you’re staying somewhere for longer than a few days, try asking locals (waitresses, bartenders, shop owners, etc.) where they go on their days off. You’ll save yourself some money and see the real city culture.

3. Don’t Pack Too Much

The week before a long trip, the task of writing a packing list can be intimidating. You can’t imagine being away for a full month without your favorite book, or something heavy and unlikely to be used more than once. Airlines these days are charging an arm and a leg for check-in bags. Take exactly what you need (a pair of jeans, a sweater, a tablet, walking shoes) without overloading your luggage. This way you won’t forget anything valuable and you won’t spend the next month of your life lugging around The Lord of the Rings trilogyTrust me. You’ll be happy you didn’t.

These are just a few thoughts from a weary traveller. Of all the trips I’ve taken, this one has been the most memorable yet. Take tons of pictures and enjoy the open road!

Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Inside Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Inside Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England

Sitting on a riverbank in London, England

Government Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Government Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Top of Lombard Street in San Francisco, California

Top of Lombard Street in San Francisco, California

The view over San Francisco

The view over San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

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