10 important travel skills that will come in handy in many situations


No traveler hopes for bad situations, but these situations arise one way or another. That’s why you have to gather all the possible knowledge to prevent your adventure from being ruined. While it’s important to learn these skills, it’s also important to remember to use them when the situation calls for it. Travelers need to learn many skills, but these skills can save someone’s life.



9 Communicate and ask for help from strangers

Travelers are always encouraged to ask for help whenever they need directions or help in unfamiliar places. But for many, approaching and talking to strangers is difficult. One thing to note when it comes to asking for help is that people want to help. In most cases, people get upset if something bad happens to travelers, especially when it could have been easily avoided. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to approaching strangers. Just talk to them. Politely. They will always find a way to help even if they don’t understand the language.


8 How to change a flat tire

One of the worst things that can happen to a person is having a flat tire in the middle of a remote road that stretches for miles. On the road, one can wait for the next vehicle to pass, but this can take several hours. You may have a flight to catch or a date to meet, but a flat tire can ruin everything. In such situations, knowing how to change a flat tire becomes a million dollar skill that those who have it will be glad they did.

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seven Survive on little food

Food is not always available and this can mean problems for travelers who don’t know how to survive on little food. This does not necessarily mean starving yourself but simply knowing how to ration what little food is available so that it is enough for the journey until there is access to more food. An empty stomach isn’t exactly the perfect state one should be in when the closest access to food is miles away.


6 Ride a bike or a car

Riding a bike or car is something travelers will encounter at some point in their trip. Apart from being one of the best ways to explore an unfamiliar place, it can also help in an emergency. Nothing is more heartbreaking than not being able to drive a vehicle when one is available and someone in need of medical attention is lying on the ground. The guilt can last a lifetime. To avoid being in this situation, register today in a driving school.

5 Start the fire

A night can be much worse when there is nothing to keep the environment warm. Starting a fire is especially important for backpackers who spend the night at the mercy of nature’s cold, wild wind. In such situations, starting a fire is essential for survival. In addition to keeping warm, one may even need a fire to cook, which makes learning this skill even more important. There are several ways to start a fire from using hand drills to lenses, and even batteries, and all are worth learning.


4 self defense

The world has been both a wonderful and dangerous place since the dawn of time. It’s not going to get softer to suit everyone, you have to get stronger so you can survive and enjoy the things this world has to offer. This is why one must toughen up with self-defense skills to be able to withstand unwanted attacks. One important thing to note is that just having self-defense skills doesn’t mean you have to start having problems. These skills should only be used when in danger. Enrolling in a martial arts school is the best way to learn this type of skill, but there’s also a lot to learn from videos on the internet.

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3 Swimming

Swimming is one of the most exciting activities you can do anywhere in the world. It can also be an important skill when in danger in the water. A person can be saved from drowning by the swimming skills of another person nearby. No one knows when bad things can happen, especially in open waters. Know how to swim; however, this does not mean that you have to set sail during periods of high waves. Even ships sometimes cannot bear such perils.

2 Pack the right gear

It may seem random, but packing the right instruments for a trip is a skill that many have yet to master. This explains why so many travelers may end up packing incomplete or over-packed for the trip. It takes time to master this skill and different people may come with their different lists of essentials, but here is a list one can start with no matter the trip.


1 To negotiate

Bargaining may not be something useful in many Western countries, but it is certainly useful in other parts of the world. There’s so much money you can save with this skill and it’s especially useful when you’re on a budget. Although its main purpose is to help people save money, trading is also a way to become familiar with the people of a locality.

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