Let there be light - My Travel Tip!

What do you use yours for?

What do you use yours for?

Ah those eerie, mysterious, shadowy, obscure moments…

You know those dark moments when balance is key and you do not want to be toppling over.  Those muscle testing moments of free crouching, especially if it’s a number two.  Hey we all have to go some time, with shovel in one hand and toilet paper in the other, hand wipe/gel in a pocket.  Those bleary eyed moments when you want to reach that peak to see the sun rise peeking through the clouds, each step is felt but not seen, so tread carefully.  Those moments of realisation that maybe it’s time to get your eyes tested or are maps just being printed in teeny tiny fonts that squinting only makes it darker.  Those quiet evening walks in a local village or a sleepy town where only the stars twinkle high above yet it’s pitch black below….but how do you find your way home?

Oh, how handy is a head torch in all those moments…so handy it keeps your hands free to do the more important tasks at hand!

Now that you have seen the light…keep that head torch on you, during all dark times!

My Travel Tip – the humble pen!


Ah yes, how the humble pen can be your best travel companion anywhere in the world.  I mean, it’s always needed (well mostly)…any shape, size, make or style but it needs to be of black ink.  Yep, black ink is a key requirement to fill in those forms/cards, you know them.  They come disguised as landing cards, departure forms, on-arrival visa forms, disembarkation cards etcetera etcetera etcetera!  It still amazes me to see people’s reactions when the realisation of having to fill in a paper form sets in, the panic button is pressed and the flurry to find a pen starts…they start asking others around them (sorry, I need mine to fill in my form), cabin crew, airport staff, member of authority, hmmm who have I missed!  All for a small handy object that takes up no room in your hand luggage.

Next time, unzip or is it unbutton or flip open, or whatever you do to open your bag, take out your pen and complete those forms in calmness whilst the immediate world around you sorts out their frenzy.

Mind you, there are plenty of other uses for our travel buddy…you could use it for sketching, oooh maybe to give an autograph (hey you might be famous), to exchange silly notes, write snippets for a book, jot down your thoughts, fill in a diary. Hey, anything that comes to your mind works.

Now that you have been tipped (I know)…keep that humble pen with you, at all times!