In the beginning, there was no such thing as “travel.” In the beginning, if you ventured to a new place, chances are you were lost.
These days, with GPS and smart phone apps that can pinpoint your current location with respect to the nearest fair trade coffee bar, getting lost is becoming, pardon the expression, a lost art. Is that such a bad thing?
On the one hand, getting lost can be quite scary.
On the other hand, some of the most interesting and rewarding travel moments come when you stray from the tourist-beaten path. You never know what you may stumble upon. Members of the OWAW team have discovered a secluded garden they never dreamed existed… a bistro frequented only by locals… an interaction with a local resident that amplified both their world views… and a magical book shop that turned old books into parts of the architecture.
While we encourage you to be bold, audacious and unafraid in your travels, here are a few suggestions to ensure that you are safely “found” at the end of the day:
- Read up on your destination, make a note of any unsafe areas and avoid them
- Take your hotel’s business card with you when you head out
- Have a well-charged cell phone (preferably without GPS) with numbers for your hotel and a reputable taxi company preprogrammed
- Be sure to carry cash, a credit card and a copy of your passport in a money belt or other secure location
Above all, don’t panic. You will find your way back again. After all, as famed American backwoodsman Daniel Boone once said, “I’ve never been lost, but I was mighty turned around for three days once.”
Do you have a favorite city to get lost in? Feel free to share your adventure with our readers.