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OTHER ITA SITES:
ABCs of Adventure Travel
A � Address peel and stick labels for all your family and friends before you go. Then stick to postcards along the way and you'll come home looking good.
B � Bottled water is a must � don't drink anything else.
D � Digital cameras save the day; their small and you never run out of film
E � Expect excitement; go with anticipation, not trepidation
F � Food is fun, try something you've never eaten before like zebra pate or Australian wine
G � Give generous tips, especially in poor countries, you'll be so glad you did
H � Hang out with the locals. Get to know a new person on your trip and get a photo with them
I � Inform someone at home of your itinerary
J � Journal every day. Can you remember now what you did last week?
K � Kids love it when you have packed little surprises to open along the way
L � Learn something: Take a pasta making course in Italy, Scuba diving in Argentina or Belly dancing in Bagdad (just kidding)!
N � Note the local artisans and buy something authentic
O � One substantial souvenir is better than a lot of small things. Then ship it home to lighten your luggage
P � Postcards will rescue you when your photography fails. You can never have too many
Q � Questions help you get the most out of all you see and experience.
R � Read before you leave. Read lots of books about your destination. Find out who the local best sellers are, and read one of their books.
S � Scrapbook within the first week of getting home
T � Travel as light as humanly possible. Dragging luggage is no fun.
U � Unpack as soon as you get home.
V � Vaccinations and certain medications are necessary in some countries � be sure to check with the World Health Organization about what you need.
W � Whining never fixes anything � buck up and deal with the differences
X � exchange your currency at the airport or a bank and be sure you understand the value of your money
Y � You are the one who will make or break your adventure. Plan to be positive
Z � Zero in on one or two experiences and squeeze the most out of them. Adventure overload will leave you confused.
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