A PILGRIM (lat. peregrinus) is one who undertakes a pilgrimage, literally 'far afield'. This is traditionally a visit to a place of some religious or historic significance; often a considerable distance is traveled.
Therefore, a PILGRIMAGE is a journey to sacred destination. All of us are pilgrims here on earth and GOD is our ultimate destination.
Traditionally, the PILGRIM'S STAFF is a walking stick used by pilgrims on the Way of St. James to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Generally, the stick has a hook on it so that something may be hung from it. The walking stick sometimes has a cross piece on it. The pilgrim's staff has a strong association with the veneration of Saint James the Great and the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
A KNAPSACK (also called rucksack, backpack, packsack, pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders, but there can be exceptions. Light weight types of backpacks are sometimes worn on only one shoulder strap.
For me, it is a symbol for light travel wherein you can bring along with you only the essentials.
1. Research well
- Search the net for package deals and cheaper rates.
- Read the reviews about the place.
- Ask somebody who has been there.
- Read travel mags or watch travel features.
- Know what activities can be done.
2. Make an itinerary
- Determine if there are adjacent tourist destinations in one place.
- Locate restaurants, hotels and comfort rooms.
- Determine the travel time.
- For air travel, book tickets ahead of time.
- If you have a private transportation, check if it's in good condition for travelling.
3. Make a list of things to bring
- Consider if there are senior citizens in the group.
- Bring food and water.
- Prepare everything a night before.
- SEE "knapsack" tab for details.
4. Determine your Budget
- Is the budget feasible?
- Extra budget is needed.
- Make an accounting afterwards.
5. Make a flexible Schedule
- Determine the time for departure, rest, meals tour and recreation.
- Be flexible because there might be other interesting sights that you'll discover which is not part of the plan.
Here are some practical tips on travelling. These are based on my personal experience. Sometimes, no matter how prepared we are, there are really some unexpected events that happen so be ready for those adventures and be flexible. Nevertheless, preparing is still the best way to maximize the enjoyment.
1. Travel Light
Bring only the things that you need. Don't overboard. It will give you mobility. Some travelers wants a worry-free and secured journey and I understand that perfectly; but depending on the circumstances, we must follow this cardinal rule.
2. Have a Quiet Time to reflect
While savoring the beauty of nature, have time to reflect about life, about the omnipotence of God, about anything. You'll see more wonders than what you expect in the outdoors. It's a time to free yourself from the noise of everyday living and focus more on yourself and God.
3. Document the Highlights
Never fail to document the event through a digicam or a videocam. Make a compilation of your travels. Savor every moment each time you watch or look at your documentations. History may not repeat itself. Know the proper setting of your gadget and make happy yet creative poses and angles. Note that the background is very important.
You can also make a travel journal or even a travel blog like this!
Don't ruin your day with a tinge of anxiety. Try not to blame your companions or quarrel them regarding something that you don't agree. Settle it in a nice manner. How can you enjoy a travel without a SMILE? :)
5. Double Check
Check and double check your list of things to bring and the itinerary as well.
Make sure that proper coordination was made.
Bring food and water along the way to be sure.
International Travel Tips