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Things to know before you travel to remote locations

Remote destinations provide an altogether different travelling experience. The very fact of a place being undeveloped tourist spot or its status as a potential tourist destination is enough for a die-hard traveler to know that this is the place where he should be going.

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The very idea of turning up at a remote location, little heard about and even less experienced however turns off many travelers. For a variety of reasons, ranging from safety to lack of adequate transport makes us quit, even when we were desirous of traveling to it. Here we will help you out of this disconcerting situation with a few travel tips for your advantage:

  • Know where you are going

Roadtrip on the Andean highlands, Southern Bolivia

 

You must try to gather as much information about the place you plan to go as you can. You must summarize any information central to your needs or incidental relating to the place. Do not leave things to chance. It might so happen that you get in a difficult situation and then even the most cursory information about the place can be of immense help to you.

Further, the information at hand makes you less dependent on the people you meet on the way and in fact doubly assures you that you are on the right track. Carry along a GPRS, a compass and an area map with you.

  • Stock up

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Stocking up adequate supplies of medicine, food, water and fuel is essential if you are driving off to some remote location; say a forest or a secluded riverbank or seacoast. Remember to carry adequate gear depending on the time of the year. Some items like fire lighter, an extra pair of shoes, raincoat, flash light, first aid kit, recharger (for electronics) and scabbard knife should never be out of your travelling gear.

  • Drive cautiously

Drive cautiously

If you are reaching the location of your choice by your own vehicle, be extra cautious in going along. Go for thorough servicing of the vehicle. Learn a few things about snags that might appear in the vehicle and a few quick-fix tricks to get the vehicle going.

Know about the route and the terrain. See of it is a trail route or a concrete based road. Drive slowly and cautiously keeping in view the safety of the vehicle and that of the road crossers including animals that might be sprinting across the road in front of your vehicle.

  • Maintain lines of communication

Woman Sits On Tree Trunk In Forest Using Mobile Phone

Remember the story of Hansel and Gratel? How the boy tried to trace back his way to the witch’s house with breadcrumbs. The moral of the story is that it is important to maintain channels of communication. Nevertheless, it is equally important to maintain effective lines of communication between the source and the destination so that the people back can trace you in case of an unfortunate eventuality.

Many people in their puerile ways of surprising the others simply disappear or go out uninformed. This could prove dangerous. Inform as many people as possible. Whether it is the hotel staff or your friends, give them a glimpse of your tour plan and the route you wish to take. Remember not to deviate from it.

  • Respect the natives

Indian Venezuelan guide resting on canoe, Canaima, Venezuela

Going out into remote locations entails certain responsibilities on the visitor, and for their own good. Respect the cultural sensibilities of the natives. Do not act brash or in disconcerting way. Be respectful and firm but not rude when talking to the natives. Show respect to the people however petite their ways might seem to you, for this is what they are. Their way of life will slowly grow in you as well and you will end up having real admiration for them.

These travel trips will help you keep yourself out of troubles and bring out to you richer experiences of local topography and the people who abound around.

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