Tuesday, November 10, 2015

In honor of Veterans Day we asked some of the most well-seasoned travelers in
the world—veterans, advice for traveling smart, light and safe.
(Photo:
Sean Locke/Stocksy)If you"ve ever served in the military, chances are you know
how to pack light, travel at the last minute and be prepared for just about
anything anywhere.
From deploying to a war zone, uprooting your family ten
times in 10 years or visiting places like Kuwait or Italy on leave, veterans
are often very experienced travelers.
On this Veterans Day, World traveling
club Travel asked several veterans what their best piece of advice is when it
comes to traveling smart—and safe.
Here"s what we learned:Neil Murphy
is a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S.
Marine Corps who has traveled
much of the world in his 20-year career.
The first thing you must pack, he
says, is "an open, communicative and curious mind." Related: 23 Tips to
Survive a Long-Haul Flight"Be smart and security-minded, but don"t let your
concern with those items prevent you from ‘seeing" the world," Murphy
said.
"A smile opens doors everywhere." "One time in Cape Nosappu, Hokkaido, I
went out to a rocky peninsula where there was an old Japanese man fishing.
I
wanted to see what he was fishing for and see if I could talk to him with my
basic Japanese.
When I got close to him, he said, ‘Hey, where the hell
are you from? You must be American.
I"m from San Francisco."""It turns out he
moved to Hokkaido some years earlier and was now enjoying the good life at
87," Murphy said.
Related: Wear a Fake Wedding Ring—Veteran Tips for
New TravelersMurphy also always packs at least five Power Bars with him.
"A
snack will cover the gap and prep you for a nap," he said.
Spoken like a true
Marine.
Kasey Jorgenson, a U.S.
Navy veteran who has visited 11 countries,
says to always have fun, but "don"t get stupidly drunk.
That"s how you get
taken advantage of.
If you are out in a new place, keep your wits and stay
vigilant." He also recommends keeping your passport, ID and money hidden and
brushing up on the local laws.
"Be polite, especially when eating out and when
traveling via taxi.
There is a good chance that these people don"t like you
and that has to be okay," he said.
Alex Horton, a U.S.
Army veteran who served
in Iraq, has traveled to about a dozen countries.
"I think the most important
thing I learned, from my deployments and traveling around Latin America, is
that everything you need can fit in two bags and if it can"t you"ve packed too
much stuff," he said.And situational awareness is key.
"What I do if I"m
anywhere, and I go to some shady parts (like Medellin, Colombia), I"ll do a
series of things: I know where I"m going from point A to point B, I look
behind me every 20 meters or so, if I need to pull out my phone to look at my
map, I stop, get off the street and go into a doorway so I"m not just standing
on the street corner with a big, full map."Related: 20 Things Every Smart
Traveler Should KnowHorton says the military concept of joint forces, where
each service works together, is a good way to approach traveling as well.
"If
you"re an Army unit, working with Air Force pilots and Marine intel you learn
that people have different attributes that can help you.
In Quito (Peru) I met
this girl from Kentucky.
My Spanish is OK, I knew the city, the bus routes, so
we just got to talking.
I said, ‘Hey, I know how to read a map, you
know how to speak the language." So we were travel pals for like three
days.
We had a blast."Kristen Rouse served in the Army National Guard for
nearly 7 years and is always up for trying adventurous things like eating the
local cuisine, which can be tricky sometimes.
"You won"t see the food
poisoning coming," she said.
"When the locals offer you food or tea, accept
their hospitality.
I"ve eaten truly weird stuff with Afghan soldiers that
never gave me so much as a queasy stomach.
U.S.
military dining facilities,
however, got me a few times.""Prioritize relationships and experiences when it
comes to food," she said.
"But keep a small stash of Pepto with you, too."Let
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adventure travel series A Broad Abroad."In honor of Veterans Day we asked some
of the most well-seasoned travelers in the world—veterans, advice for
traveling smart, light and safe.
On this Veterans Day, World traveling club
Travel asked several veterans what their best piece of advice is when it comes
to traveling smart—and safe.
Here's what we learned: Neil Murphy is a
retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S.
Marine Corps who has traveled much of
the world in his 20-year career..In honor of Veterans Day we asked some of the
most well-seasoned travelers in the world—veterans, advice for traveling
smart, light and safe.
On this Veterans Day, World traveling club Travel asked
several veterans what their best piece of advice is when it comes to traveling
smart—and safe.
Here's what we learned: Neil Murphy is a retired
lieutenant colonel with the U.S.
Marine Corps who has traveled much of the
world in his 20-year career.

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