7 Travel Tips From My Kenyan Experience.
I just got back from a fantastic vacation, yes Kenya white sand beaches are extemporary beautiful , I had a wonderful time wondering on the beaches despite the rainy season, while on the beach I’ve wanted to write about my current experience? But before doing so, I’ve learnt some things that I don’t mind sharing with you.
- Patience: Many times while traveling you will encounter setbacks. For instance, if you take a local bus in Thailand, don’t expect for that bus to leave on schedule. Many times the local buses wait until all of the seats are full before they will leave. Sometimes it could take an hour or longer. If that were to happen in the other worlds, people would be furious. But this is normal for many third world countries. They said it patience is a virtue and not many have it. Mostly I get irritated that I have to wait, or else find a way to enjoy that time by reading a book or striking up a conversation with the person next to you. If you are on a backpacker’s budget and trying to go the cheap route, you will encounter many things that will test your patience. After a while, these things seem insignificant and you end up finding ways to pass the time.
- To Slow down: Oh what a rat race can travelling be? It’s easy to slip into the mentality of wanting more and wanting it no. Time is of the essence as many employers encourage working overtime and they do not allow more than 1 to 2 weeks vacation a year that’s for states. This is a shocker for many Europeans who get vacations of one month or longer per year. That’s a LONG time. Once you are on the road and meeting other travelers, you will be astonished at how SHORT of a time we were taking to travel. In other words, in many other places in the world things go a lot slower. You will find that many cultures don’t even understand the word we call, “stress”. Instead, many times you will hear the phrase, “hakuna Matata” or rather “no worries” on a daily basis. While visiting these places, it’s easy to adopt this way of life while you are on the road. You realize that you are on their time, and it’s not a bad time to be on!
- Enjoy: Traveling does the same thing for me as surfing does when it comes to living in the moment. When you are surfing, you have to be fully aware of your surroundings in order to catch a wave, and sometimes in order not to get pummeled by the ocean. Travel can also do this for you. In many places, you have to be on guard while you are traveling. You want to make sure nobody steals from you, mugs you, takes advantage of you, etc. Also, you will find that things do not always go as planned when you are traveling. You learn to go with the flow and make the best of what is thrown at you. Travel can also teach you to live in the moment by being in constant awe of your surroundings. When you are in a new place, you tend to pay attention to the smells, scenery and noises around you more than you would at home. If you do this long enough while traveling, it can become a habit so that when you get home you may find yourself viewing your surroundings in the eyes of a traveler.
- Face the challenges: Sometimes we tend to live in a little box and think that our problems are monumental. But compared to what some people have to deal with on a day to day basis, many of our problems really are not that bad.
- Don’t assume anything: Do you ever wonder what it’s like to live in a small hut in the middle of nowhere? Well, this is many people’s reality in other countries. It can be an extreme shocker to see how some people live in other parts of the world. I know a lot of people who don’t realize they have it really good and they complain about everything because they know nothing except their “world”. They have not visited other places, nor do they care to.
- Be attentive: Always be attentive especially if you are in the juggle. The freshwater canals here are home to seven different species of river turtle. They’re less rare than their saltwater cousins – though I only managed to spot one, basking in the sun alongside a caiman, a kind of wetland crocodile. There were also capuchin monkeys jumping through the trees and colourful birds like toucans, parrots and kingfishers darting about overhead
- Never Forget Camera: The Masai Mara National Reserve is probably the most famous spot in Kenya. A full active day of animal watching was the best time we had so far. We saw gazelles, zebras, lions, and had the privilege of seeing part of the wildebeest migration. Thankfully, I captured some fantastic wildlife on camera for you to enjoy!