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As an introvert, I have my own style of travel. I love quietly observing other cultures and connecting with fascinating new people, but crowds and too much small talk wear me out. I crave regular doses of peace and solitude to balance out the sensory and social overload of travel.
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After 26 years of solo travel, I’ve developed my own unique list of essential travel items you may not find on other packing lists. Once you start using these international travel accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them!
Key items from the long-term travel checklists I keep in Evernote:
One Year Before Trip
- If using miles, flights often need to be booked 11 months in advance to get economy reward seats. Before booking, I pore over guidebooks and travel forums to craft an itinerary and plan flight routes. I prefer to arrive and depart from different cities in order to avoid backtracking. This is easily done by booking two one-way reward tickets; they can be with different airlines.
- Check passport expiration date and visa requirements for the countries I’ll be visiting