My Advice for Travel Beginners 給旅行初學者的信

I couldn't really remember the first trip with my family when I was little, but I did remember the first time I went on the plane, how excited I literally was. That was the only moment that I couldn't really wait for any longer, I swear. I am sure you would feel the same. 


小時候跟家人去的旅行就已經不太記得了,但是我還是記得當初第一次坐飛機時候的激動!這也可能是我唯一真正不能一等再等的時候了,我相信,喜歡旅行的你,也會有這樣的感覺吧!


Basically, every one has different travel styles. You might fancy travelling alone, with friends, or even by joining a tour as a big group. You might enjoy staying at the hostel, meeting lots of people from all over the world. Or you would prefer a safer option, staying in a fancy hotel with a lovely balcony in it. These are the initial things that we might think about when they first come to our minds.


基本上,每個人都有自己的旅遊風格。你可能會喜歡自己一個去旅行,也可能喜歡跟朋友一起,又或是喜歡報團跟著導遊走。你可能喜歡住在青年旅館,認識來自世界各地的人。但是你也可能偏向選擇更安全的酒店,而且是一個連帶露台的豪華酒店?這些都是我們在旅遊前會第一想到的事情。


But the thing is, what are the reasons why you travel? I love travelling because I could experience things that I couldn't while I was staying home...

但是其實這些都可能不是很重要了,重要的是,你為什麼去旅遊?我喜歡旅遊最主要的目的,就是要去見識世界。


Research! Research! Research!

So the first thing I would like to talk about is to do research before you travel. This is very essential and I am not even kidding. And by research, I mean everything, from the bus timetables, to the business hours, literally everything about the trip, I myself am a very bad example of not doing research (enough) before going to Venice two years ago... I went to a small island Burano for a lace museum on a Monday and I was literally running there because I thought I wouldn't be able to go there before their closing time. And at the end, I realised it was closed when I got there, not because I missed it, but... the museum is closed every Monday... So if you don't want to ruin your trip by ending up like this, you should do some research, at least. to check if the attractions you are going to will be open or not.


做準備,做準備,做好準備!

第一樣想說的就是旅行前的準備!我不是開玩笑的,但這個真的是很重要!基本上,跟旅程有關的都需要做好準備,上至巴士時間表,下至開放時間。兩年前的我就是一個很好的例子,當時的我去了威尼斯,在星期一去了彩虹島特別為了去蕾絲博物館,因為當時已經有點晚,下船後我便立刻跑過去,想在它關門前趕到。結果最後到了門口,發現關了,但並不是我趕不上,而是⋯⋯ 它星期一從來都不開門⋯⋯ 所以如果你不想發現類似的事,我建議你至少也要在去之前做好「功課」,以免傷心⋯⋯


Carry as Less Stuff as You Can

I am not sure if you like shopping or not, but still, that'd be better if you could carry as less stuff as you could because most of the hostels, or even Airbnb do not really have lifts! Imagine carrying a super heavy luggage from the airport to the accommodation you will be staying at, and climbing all the steps to the 8th floor... that's actually happened to me, and I was so glad that my luggage wasn't really that full and heavy, but I'd be more appreciated if there would be no next time.


行李,可免則免

我不知道你對購物有沒有興趣,不過,都是那句,東西能少帶的,便帶少一點吧!因為你不會知道你住的地方,會不會有電梯!想像一下你提著一個很重的大箱子,從機場爬到住處,然後發現自己要走八層樓梯⋯⋯ 這個真的發生過在我身上,只是幸好我當時的行李不多不重。但是如果沒有下一次,會更好哈哈!


Wear Waterproof Clothing and Comfortable Shoes

Wearing a pair of comfortable shoes is extremely important for travellers. You should expect that you will be walking all day long, I'd say a pair of trainers will do. At least you would feel less tired after a long day. And for the clothing part, I would say that you should find something that is waterproof or water-resistant in case of raining. 


穿著防水衣物和舒適的鞋

去旅行當然會走很多路,所以穿著一雙舒適的鞋是超級重要的!我覺得運動鞋是一個不錯的選擇,至少走了一整天路之後你也不會感到太累。至於衣服方面,最好就是穿著一些能防水的,就不怕突然下雨了!


Better Go without a DSLR Camera

I'd actually recommend to have a DSLR camera for your trip if a DSLR isn't that heavy. I used to take my Canon 600D for travel but I realised it was a disaster because my neck was nearly numb after a long exhausting day. I suggest that you could use a smaller digital camera instead, unless you are going to take photographs of (For example) Northern Lights or stars, otherwise, a normal digital camera can do almost anything. To keep your images best quality, you will only need to save them as RAW file, and everything should be the same! 


盡量使用輕便的相機

其實當然我也會想帶著單反相機去拍照,但是單反相機實在是太太太太太重了!我以前都是帶著我的佳能600D到處去的,但發現每次過完一天後,我的脖子都痛到麻了,後來才放棄了它,改帶一個比較輕的數碼相機。除非你是準備要去拍一些極光和星星等的景象,不然我真的覺得一般的數碼相機都足以應付日常拍照需求了。如果想要拍出高質素的照片,只需要拍照片檔儲存為RAW便可以了!


I hope this helps. Enjoy your trip! Good luck!

祝你們有一個很完美的旅程!


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