"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness." ~ Mark Twain
In this section you find blog reports from regions our team has visited. More will be added over time. Like any good blog they are subjective, sometimes geeky, quirky, and often soaking wet.
We put an emphasis on aquatic sports where possible. After all, what would be a good holiday without a beach, pool, or mountain lake? Whenever we find a nice waterhole or a great sports location, we'll write about it here for you to enjoy.
If possible, travel only with carry-on luggage, at least on the outbound journey. Not only do you travel faster, you also avoid trouble with lost or mis-directed bags. Some people, who use your checked bags to smuggle stuff, can cause you serious problems. You can get in Asia whatever you need and at low cost.
People in most Asian countries often swim in the clothes they have on when they want to go into the water. Some wear a soccer outfit or a jersey (sometimes long sleeve) and tracksuit pants, as ‘everything clothes’ for anything not requiring more professional appearance. Outside the cities, fully clothed swimming is the norm. They like jeans and tees, but you’ll get athletic kit too.
Get Fit! When your body is strong and fit you will enjoy your travels much more. Prepare well before you fly off.
Keep your weight down. Make a list and pack only what you really need. Many items you can get on location. Laundry services allow you to carry less kit.
Carry-on Bag Limits vary for different airlines. Some allow only 7kg weight, so you may use that just for your valuables and tech gear, and put the rest in the hold.
Other airlines (like easyjet.com) have only a size restriction, but no weight limit as long as you can lift it into the overhead locker. This allows you to travel without checked baggage.
Technology should be small and compact, yet powerful. A sub-notebook, a smartphone and a waterproof camera maybe all you need.
Personal Care items can be limited to dental care and sun lotion. Most consumables you can find on location.
Clothing should be lightweight and quick-drying. Pick items that look good around town but can also double up as swimwear. People in Thailand, Laos, other southeast Asian countries usually swim in the clothes the have on when they go into the water.
They like jeans and tees, but enjoy athletic kit too. Some wear a soccer outfit or a jersey (sometimes long sleeve) and tracksuit pants, as ‘everything clothes’ for anything not requiring more professional appearance. Outside the cities, fully clothed swimming is the norm. We suggest you follow this custom. See our clothing section for cool suggestions.
Swimming in clothes is good when
you want some protection from stinging animals (jellyfish),
prevent sun exposure or you want cool clothes to wear.
If you are in the sun in wet clothes, they simply help you stay cool.
Cover up to avoid sunburn, jellyfish or instect bites. Sun lotion washes off in the water. Wear some comfy clothes for swimming that avoid sunburn and jellyfish stings. You only need to cover the skin you wish to protect.
Drink plenty of clean water, 3 litres a day, more in hot weather or if you do a lot of exercise. Always stay well hydrated and feel great.
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