Here are five ways to ensure that you do not get lost in your Southeast Asian destination, amidst all its dazzling splendour
You arrive at your Southeast Asian getaway destination, and your heart begins flooding every fibre of your being with excitement. A life-changing adventure is just within your reach, and a smile courses its way across your face at the very thought of all the exotic wonders you are about to discover. “This is it,” you tell yourself. “This is the journey of a lifetime.”
Only, one problem is staring at you in the face: you’re lost. Hopelessly and utterly lost.
Sounds like every traveller’s nightmare, doesn’t it? You get to your dream destination with a soul that is dying to explore, but getting lost holds you back from truly immersing yourself in the experience and prevents you from making the most of your time. After all, finding your way around and back once you get lost calls for tremendous amounts of effort and time; two things which you are not exactly at liberty to spare, especially if you are on a getaway under extreme time constraints.
The best part? We’ve crafted this list in the form of an easy to remember ‘FOUND’ formula! So, put on your thinking cap, keep your eyes peeled and get ready to tell your days of getting lost to literally “Get lost!”
Find out as much as you can about your tentative destinations, be it through the internet, by asking tour guides and travel agencies for more information, by popping by your local bookstore to pick up a few books on the destinations you have in mind, or even by speaking to friends and acquaintances who may have travelled to these places before. Find out as much you can before you decide, just so you have a better idea of what you’re getting yourself into.
Be sure of the arrangements that you are making for your travels. In terms of accommodation and travelling about your destination, strive to enlist the services of providers who are known to be reliable and secure. The great number of travel review websites that exist today should make this step easier to execute, and if all else fails, why not make arrangements with a travel agent that you can trust?
It is important to emphasize the value of language here, alongside the practice of picking up a few words in tongues that are native to the destination you are heading to. A few simple words can go a long way, especially phrases that can clarify the location of something or attain you the attention and help you need. More importantly, if you feel that you are lost, do not hesitate to ask for help from people around you, especially from authorities.
As you venture through parts of your destination, take note of landmarks that can serve as reminders of your location, while also helping to guide you home in case you lose your way. These could be as simple as a tree by the side of the road, or as prominent as buildings and structures that are unique and easy to distinguish.
It is call to you to prevent yourself from completely depending on your technology to get around. While phones may be handy these days with their GPS capabilities, you can never know a place as well as you do when you actually make an effort to talk to locals and ask them for tips. So why not rely on communication with a human touch instead, much like Nadiyah does in ‘Lost At SEA’?
More importantly, if you want a better understanding of what we were referring to when we mentioned Nadiyah and her passion for getting lost, watch the video below!
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