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Travel Tips

 

General Travel Tips


Your Trip to Central and South America

Planning a trip is exciting! The whole world is at your disposal, where do you want to go? Are you looking for adventure? Romance? Something off or on the beaten path? How are you going to get there? You have many questions to answer before going on your trip, and keep in mind you don’t have to over plan. Once you arrive, you should take advantage of other travelers’s suggestions about what to do and where to go. Fellow travelers are a wealth of information and guess what? They’re out there for the same reason you are, to have great experiences and create lasting memories. Go forth and be an inquisitive monkey!

Shack Monkey Pose

Here at Shack Monkey, we really, really, really want to hear about your travel experiences! So much that we will publish your travel article on our website! All we ask is that you strike the Shack Monkey Pose……your back to the camera, arms wide open, reaching out to the vast greatness that stands before you! You could be the inspiration that gets someone else excited about seeing this big world. Monkey see, monkey do!


Read all About Your Journey

Although it may feel like it, you are not going where no man has gone before! Utilize the world wide web and see what you can dig up on your destination. Check out travel blogs, articles (like right here on Shack Monkey!), and swing by some expat forums to read and ask for advice. Expat forums can be a great place to obtain information about your destination, from real people living there every day. Learning as much as you can about your location before the trip can help you out big time. Now with that being said, let’s move on to the next tidbit of advice. You can do all the research in the world but any seasoned traveler knows.....


Travel in pairs when you can

When you can, always travel in pairs! If you are a single traveller, it’s always nice to make a friend who may be travelling alone as well. Not only can it be good company, but two monkeys wandering about is safer than one. Plus, you can share cabs and save cash! Find a recommendation for a reputable taxi driver in your area, and stick with that one for the duration of your stay.


Always expect the unexpected

A wind delay in the Andes. Roosters waking you up at four in the morning. You get pick pocketed.  When visiting a foreign country, things can be different than what you are used to. The best way to handle unexpected situations is to prepare for them as best as you can before they happen. Ask if you should leave time between flights to accommodate for delays. If you are looking for silence, ask if the place you are renting has any noise issues. Research the best way to carry your money (and how much of it!) so you will not be a victim. Try to really think through every aspect of your holiday, and be a prepared monkey!


Bank Machines in Central and South America

We all need money while travelling, thank goodness it seems there is an ATM machine in almost every corner of the world! No matter where you do your banking, it’s always good to be a cautious monkey and follow some simple rules when it comes to accessing money in public places. Always pay attention to your surroundings and the bank machine itself (look for cards readers or anything that looks out of place on the machine). Make sure you go to a well lit location that isn’t hidden away. Don’t let anyone help you or look over your shoulder; if you have problems go directly into the bank. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or big purses, keep it simple and you won’t look like a target. Finally, don’t take all of your identification and banking cards with you. If something unfortunate does happen, you don’t want to be handing over everything, a smart monkey has a back up plan!We all need money while travelling, thank goodness it seems there is an ATM machine in almost every corner of the world! No matter where you do your banking, it’s always good to be a cautious monkey and follow some simple rules when it comes to accessing money in public places. Always pay attention to your surroundings and the bank machine itself (look for cards readers or anything that looks out of place on the machine). Make sure you go to a well lit location that isn’t hidden away. Don’t let anyone help you or look over your shoulder; if you have problems go directly into the bank. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or big purses, keep it simple and you won’t look like a target. Finally, don’t take all of your identification and banking cards with you. If something unfortunate does happen, you don’t want to be handing over everything, a smart monkey has a back up plan!We all need money while travelling, thank goodness it seems there is an ATM machine in almost every corner of the world! No matter where you do your banking, it’s always good to be a cautious monkey and follow some simple rules when it comes to accessing money in public places. Always pay attention to your surroundings and the bank machine itself (look for cards readers or anything that looks out of place on the machine). Make sure you go to a well lit location that isn’t hidden away. Don’t let anyone help you or look over your shoulder; if you have problems go directly into the bank. Don’t wear flashy jewelry or big purses, keep it simple and you won’t look like a target. Finally, don’t take all of your identification and banking cards with you. If something unfortunate does happen, you don’t want to be handing over everything, a smart monkey has a back up plan!


 

Hostel Hopping

Many people avoid hostels in favor of hotels or rental homes because they don’t fully understand what a hostel is like. But they can often be a fun, unique, and inexpensive place to stay while you’re traveling. The quality and characteristics of hostels vary widely, so do your research. Here’s what it’s really like to stay at a hostel. In a typical hotel, your room will probably have a television and toiletries. Maybe even a coffee or tea pot. In general hostels don’t provide these. Towels are another thing that can vary from one hostel to another. Many provide you with a towel at no charge, though they won’t replace it every day as they do in hotels. However, sometimes you will come across a hostel that charges a buck or two for a towel.


This is not the time for sleep

The easiest way to shake jet lag is to stay busy, My method works perfectly, the idea is to have a plan for the first day of the trip. If you go directly to the hotel and fall asleep due to exhaustion your actually making matters worse for the following days. Go in with a plan, see some sites, walk around, go to a park. If you find yourself at a park, take off your shoes, rub your feet in the grass and you will feel much better.. They say by doing this you are grounding your body and you wont feel the effects of jetlag. I like to schedule a guided walking tour or a horseback rode for my first day in a new city. Good Luck in your travels.. don't monkey around.


Treat Yourself

Its important to treat yourself during your journey, if it be a foot massage or a complete head to toe spa, you deserve the best and these little things will help you enjoy your journey that much more. As I get older, the clearer it becomes that we must take care of ourselves, because no one else will. It’s your responsibility to treat your body and mind with the respect it deserves. So go for that latte, take that 20 minutes to watch your favorite show, buy those earrings you have been lusting after. You absolutely deserve it; Don’t even think twice!


Eat, Drink and be Merry

I not sure about you.... food is a driver for me.... I love to visit different cultures and try their foods.. even the street vendor who pass the cleanliness factor. When I move to South America I never knew some of the foods you can get here compare to those manufactured at home. My growing season is pretty much all year long, which mean veggies and fruit all year long! Do you know great that is to have the ability to do this. I tried Guinea Pig when I was in Peru, although I was hesitant at first I thought this is a part of their culture and this is why I traveled here.. I'll take the orange one :)

Drink lots of fluids

Water Water Water.. Most travelers forget to drink water on their journey. I should know I managed to completely dehydrate myself on my trip to Peru, I suggest for ever hour you walk you should drink one bottle of water. Also remember the higher elevation your body expels at a much quicker rate. Warning! Drink bottled water and not out of any tap, this way you can ensure the purity of the water.  Its important that you do this as you don't want to find yourself on the toilet all day.


Travel Insurance

Traveling or living in a foreign country is exciting for everyone involved. Sometime when you are away  your find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time and need to be evacuated due to an emergency situations or a medical emergency? Maybe you break a tooth or have an appendix problem you need to travel prepared. This is where having the appropriately medical insurance is important for any country. Call your local consulate and ask them how the medical system works in their country. This is the best knowledge... There are also many Facebook group pages in which you can ask exapts living in that specific country. Travel Safe! 


 

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