6 Travel Tips You can Learn from Jason Bourne
The life of an international man (or woman) of mystery is full of dangerous villains, fast cars, and cool gadgets. And though many of us do not live—or do not claim to live—such an adventurous lifestyle, we can still learn plenty from spies and secret agents both real and fictional alike. For example, if you wanted to know how to dress like a million dollars, keep cool under pressure, and get the girl in the end, you might want to take a page out of James Bond’s playbook.
On the other hand, if you wanted to learn how to travel like a pro and get the most out of your vacation, Jason Bourne is your man. Here are a few tips you can learn from this world-traveling expert.
1. Don’t be Afraid to Spend a Little Extra
While maintaining a travel budget is very important to your overall travel enjoyment, spending a few extra dollars here and there can greatly enhance your vacation experience. And though it’s probably not wise (or even possible) to go on a shopping spree every day of your trip, there are a few things you definitely don’t want to skimp on:
- Walking Shoes: Whether you’re taking a light stroll down the beach, or running across rooftops in Tangier, comfortable footwear is an absolute necessity. Seeing sights and taking tours can take a toll on your feet, so make sure to find shoes you can stand (in).
- Luggage: When traveling long distances, make sure you have durable luggage that you can easily identify at baggage claim. You might even spring for a fashionable red duffle bag to carry all your belongings. A busted seam or broken zipper is just asking for trouble, so find something that can last the trip.
- Tips: This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to pay a stranger $20,000 for a ride to Paris, but investing in the people that are serving you can help you see a side of the city that only the locals are privy to.
2. Buy Renter’s Insurance
Most car insurance companies will cover your rental car damages. In any case, whether you’re driving a Mercedes-Benz in Munich, or a Honda in Glendale, CA,you should always have some kind of insurance. Rental companies are required to provide minimum liability coverage for minor accidents or fender-benders. However, if you’re planning on racing your car against gun-toting government agents across the streets of New York City, you may want to up your coverage.
3. Don’t Lose Your Passport
If you don’t have the luxury of owning multiple passports from several different nations,it’s important to keep track of the one you have. Losing your passport is nerve-racking, and replacing it can take weeks.
Before embarking on your international trip, make copies of your passport’s primary pages and keep them in a separate place from your passport. This can help speed up the replacement process in the event that you lose it. Furthermore, some countries accept photocopies for day-to-day identification and routine stops.
4. Get some Exercise
We all want to look good when we’re on vacation, particularly if our destination is a sunny place like Los Angeles. Many of us put in hours and hours of exercise beforehand to achieve that coveted beach body. Unfortunately, nearly all of us forget to keep those good habits up during the vacation, and all that hard work goes down the drain. Consider some fun ways to stay in shape while on your vacation:
- Swimming: Swimming is great for the joints and the heart. Look for pools, lakes, and beaches as possible exercise spots. Just make sure you don’t have any bullet wound in your back.
- Jogging/Running: Planning jogging routes in and around your vacation spot is a great way to take in your surroundings and explore, though, it might not be wise to see how far you can run before your hands start shaking.
- Hand-to–Hand Combat: On second thought, maybe not.
5. Brush up on Your Language Skills
You can get away with speaking English in most countries; however, it is important to have some key words and phrases in mind in case of emergency. Even if you aren’t fluent in 11 different languages, most people appreciate your attempts to communicate in their native language and are more than willing to help you.
If all else fails, download a voice translator to your smartphone and let technology do the talking for you.
6. Have a Selective Memory
Few of us experience a truly flawless vacation. Sunburns, lost or stolen possessions, food poisoning, and even the occasional gunfire can ruin your vacation experience. And while you should learn from these things when preparing for your next vacation, focus more on what you enjoyed about your trip and how much fun you had. Besides, sometimes the memories can be just too painful to recall.
Planning the perfect vacation is not easy. But having the right equipment, skills, and attitude will give you the best chance at staying safe, happy, and healthy. Having extensive survival and combat skills doesn’t hurt either.
Connor Adkins Connor Adkins is a mechanic and loves working on classic cars. Connor helps people stay healthy and fit, and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also writes for Diamond Honda http://www.diamondhondaofglendale.com in Glendale, CA.