Carrying our entire lives (or a great majority of it) with us at all times may make us feel comfortable and safe, but it also makes travel experiences restricted and cumbersome.
I used to think that packing five novels, a flashlight, two bottles of deodorant, and a pillow would come in handy when I’m on the road. Today I would call it madness.
I’ve been using my current travel checklist religiously as a blueprint for the past three years, and I’ve never had the need to make any modifications. The length of your journey matters not; I’ve battle-tested this checklist when I was traveling in Europe for two months, and it never raised any problems.
Here, take a look. I’ve bolded the items that are already worn on your person, so they don’t need to go into the backpack.
Why do people choose to go to college?
I’ll start by answering the question myself. I went to college because I wanted to learn how to create better websites. I’ve had a background in web development since elementary school, but I used to believe that going to university was the best (and only way?) to become a qualified professional in the field. I at least thought you needed some kind of degree in web development if you wanted to get a job in the field.
As always, this tip applies to all kinds of projects and tasks. I’m merely using web development as a personal example.
I’ve been working as a full-time web developer for the past four months. This means that I have to deal with project management all the time. I’ll often be working on a project alone, and have to design a rough plan for what I need to do in order to create the final product. The list usually starts to snowball as I progress and keep jotting down additional tasks.
These general to-do lists are important for coordinating your work and reminding you to complete tasks at appropriate times. But what I’ve noticed is that when I have a big project on my desk that includes dozens of different tasks and features that need to be implemented, I often lose track of where I have to go the next day—especially if it’s a Monday morning. So every time I go to work, I have to reorient myself to pick up from where I left off the previous workday.
Learning a language takes time. Depending on how much time you have at your disposal, learning how to communicate in a foreign language can take anywhere from a month to several years. From what I’ve noticed, one year of consistent effort (daily practice) is usually enough to have a casual conversation in a new language.
Today we’re not gonna be talking about how often you should study a language (we’ll leave that for another time), although I’d like to point out that in a lot of cases daily practice is counter-productive because you can easily burn yourself out.
So today, I’d like to deal with an important practice that many people seem to dismiss. That is, keeping a record of language-related questions.
A language textbook is a handy source of study material, which is why nearly every language course on the planet uses textbooks for maintaining structure throughout the lessons.
But it’s damn hard to find a textbook that lets you learn the language with maximum efficiency. Moreover, if you’re learning a rare language that doesn’t have a wide selection of textbooks to choose from, it’s even less likely that you will find optimized books.