It's easy to jump to an assumption that a blogger can just do a bit of research and churn out post after post after post. It might be the most comfortable reaction to think, "what does this chick know about life as a citizen of the world?"
The answer to that is: more than you could fathom.
In the spirit of living an informed life, I wanted to share a helpful tip as a fellow citizen of the world that I unpleasantly learned on a trip to Sydney, Australia sometime ago: check and protect your spine.
I'm not just talking about your back and lifting baggage. Actually, let me explain.
With the advent of electronic passports and the variances in vendors for such specialised paper products, one can forget that the most frequently handled pages of a passport are the cover and the pages adjacent to it. Unfortunately for frequent travellers, this also means that wear and tear increases the probability of severe damage (in my case, the cover and pages decided to divorce during my trip).
To cut a long story short and to save yourself from an unexpected fiasco in transit, remember to check and protect the spine of your passport. And from now on, I know exactly what part of my doc to take care of - and now, so do you.
This was originally posted on 12 January, 2016.
Got some helpful tips to share as a fellow citizen of the world? Do you also have some interesting plot twists along your travels? I'd love to hear them!