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My table display for my Falling Uphill book tour with globe, maps, bookmarks, bike and more.
Bringing a map to show people your journey is almost an essential item. Kid's will love an inflatable globe, but — careful — it will turn into a game of football.

Scott’s Top 10 Travel Tips

This list is the result of a lot of hard-earned lessons from life on the road. In other words, I wish I had known this stuff sooner!

Top Ten Travel Tips:

  1. Just do it! If you choose to bicycle tour, get on a bike and go. You’ll figure it out fast.
  2. Bring an open mind. Remember you are not the only one on this adventure. Everyone you meet may be just as excited to explore your life.
  3. Enjoy the ride. This may sound cliché, but I was surprised by how many people complained. Travel is not easy, but if you choose to do it, have some fun.
  4. Go Slow! You are not on “the amazing race” around the world. Spend more time living with the locals, say a week or two or even several months with a family off the beaten path.
  5. Learn the basics of the local culture. What are taboo subjects and actions? What morals would you adopt?
  6. Learn the basic words of the native language, such as: excuse me, please, thank you, how much, where, left, right, et cetera. And learn how to count to 20. This will save you a fortune.
  7. Chronicle your adventure.
    • Take more photos and videos than you ever think you’ll need.
    • Make lots of notes and trip updates for your friends.
  8. Drink lots of water. I recommend adding some fresh lemon or lime juice to keep you hydrated. They are full of natural electrolytes.
  9. Stay out of the sun. Bring a wide-brimmed hat for the sun, and use organic (no petrochemicals) sunscreen.
  10. Leave a place better than you found it.
    • In regards to people: Smile. Suspend your judgments and engage new cultures with a sense of curiosity. Maybe you will discover a really good reason for why they do what they do.
    • In regards to the environment. Pick up a piece of trash is an easy way to make the world a bit better. I liked to water thirsty plants and help turtles cross the road.
  11. Bonus tip: Create a backup plan for emergencies.

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