THERE are many things to be grateful for in modern day travel. The speed in which we can reach the other side of the world, for one.
The ultra-modern amenities, tight budget travel or splash-the-cash luxury options, getting travel tips and advice from around the internet, Airbnb, couch-surfing, glamping and Hostel World have all given rise to the digitally-connected millennial traveler and enabled millions to see the world.
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And while we’re grateful the travel industry is moving with the times – getting rid of WiFi surcharges, bad hotel art, limited plug sockets, dodgy lifts, strict check-out times and crack-of-dawn breakfast times – there are a few old school vacation traditions that we think need to be dusted off and brought back into the glorious sunshine.
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When people say, “You have my word” they may as well be saying “I’m not signing a darn thing”.
In the age of blockchain contracts and digitization, it seems words have lost their value.
So, let’s glorify them once again in the form of postcards because without words, we are mere machines that lack a sense of emotion and understanding.
You may think a text message or a three-line email will suffice to loved ones back home, but there is something special about receiving a postcard.
A postcard says, “I’m thinking about you, even though I’m thousands of miles away”.
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Pictures, videos, and your very own memories are brilliant ways to think back on wonderful vacations.
But often, these stay stowed in cupboards for years at a time.
By collecting souvenirs from your trips, you can make those memories come alive every day around your home.
If you’re keen on interior design or have a passion for something, create a collection of the same type of souvenir.
Perhaps a series of beautiful snow globes from each country you visit, handcrafted artworks, jewelry, scarves, lighters, key rings or fridge magnets.
Whatever you choose to collect from your travels, your memories will be safely stored in them.
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Shooting on a film camera gives you a sense of mystery, an enigmatic forethought to how your photographs will develop.
If you’re skilled with a film camera and have had plenty of practice, then you can rest assured your holidays’ snaps will be beautiful.
More excitingly, if you’re a newbie to the 35mm game, you won’t know until you get them developed if they hold forgotten magical moments from your travels or whether you’ll be handed a folder of darkness.
The latter is a tiny bit soul-destroying, so make sure you have a good DSLR or phone camera to capture anything you don’t want to miss.
The Canon AE-1, Pentax K1000 or Olympus Trip are all brilliant for first-time-filmers. Each has plenty of how-to guides on YouTube so you can get to grips with your new device.
A book a week challenge
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The average person works between 34 hours a week, often only with two days off to do the chores, get the shopping in, attempt to have a social life and relax if they can.
This doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for reading. So, when you’re on vacation, take some time to get stuck on a good book.
Set yourself the aim of reading one book for every week you’re away. Whether it’s while you’re in transit, around the pool, at the beach or an evening before dinner.
Reading is good for the soul, mind, and body. It increases intelligence, boosts brain power, develops empathy, helps you relax, and can help prevent memory diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
If you’re not a wordy person, then try your hand at a puzzle book instead.
Don’t ask for the WiFi password
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It’s common practice to look around a restaurant, café, hotel, airport, train station and even a park for the curved bar sign signaling WiFi is available.
But if you can, try to detox.
Internet access and constant connectivity have led the anti-social phenomenon of #FOMO (fear of missing out).
But while you’re traveling, you’re sure to be the envy of your friends and most certainly having more fun than them back home.
If you’re at a stunning location, take a picture to upload later. Alternatively, take a picture of your personal memories and think of it as your own personal hidden vacation gem.
One phone call home
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Back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, mobile phones, WiFi, and internet didn’t exist.
People had to take real money to a pay phone, remember the country code and hope someone picks up the other end.
Why not do the same? Plan to make only one or two phone calls throughout your entire vacation.
That way, nobody will expect to hear from you and you can forget about home for a week or two.
Learn a new card game
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Card games are endless, free fun.
Instead of all scurrying off to your own rooms and aimlessly crushing candy, sit together and take the time to learn a new card game.
Whether it be Snap, Bluff, Blackjack, Uno, Go-Fish or even Poker, nothing beats sitting in the evening breeze while the crickets chime in the surrounding shrubs, and playing a card game with friends or family.
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