On The Road Again

Submitted by Terry Clayton on October 16, 2002 - 12:00am.


Most people who work in development travel a lot. It might only be locally where you are on-and-off para-transit or out in the fields half the day. Perhaps you commute between a home base and one or more regular destinations. You may be in Sussex / Sydney / Seattle / Singapore this week and a/b/c/d the next. Whatever the journey, it takes its toll. On mind body and soul. So fight back! Tune in to On the Road Again regularly at AWN.

Our first topic: Ten Best Things to Take on a Trip

Send your list in the following format:

  • Who are you?

  • What are you doing now?

  • What type of trip are we talking about?

  • What ten things to take on this kind of trip and why?

Your list can have less than 10 things on it but not more than ten.


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We'll publish the lists as they come in. For your own amusement, you might try to guess 'where' and 'for what purpose' a trip is taking place. Here at On the Road, we will do a coefficient of participation analysis and come up with a 'universal trip list' for your review.

Deadline for list submission is November 15 2002.

Send your questions or comments about the amazing, amusing, practical, sometimes stressful life On the Road to Terry Clayton.

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Terry Clayton a development consultant based in Thailand. In the last three years he has spent an average of 180 days a year 'on the road'. He has found it wearing on body and soul but he has been learning how to cope with what appears to be a feature of the itinerant consultant's life.

Travellers' Tips

Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.com) and Rough Guides (http://www.roughguides.com) are generally good places to find out about the country you are going to.

ReliefWeb (http://www.reliefweb.int) and AlertNet (http://www.alertnet.org) provide current news and information about the humanitarian situation in many destination countries.

Boots'n'All (http://www.bootsnall.com) is a web-based travel publisher and an online community for independent travellers. Their "International Travel Tips for Globetrotters" ( http://www.bootsnall.com/tk/advice/jul00ittips1.shtml) includes suggestions about how to pack. Backpack Traveller (http://bptravel.tripod.com) is another mine of hints and tips for the independent traveller.

The Travellers Lounge provide some great tips on how to pack your bag: http://www.thetravellerslounge.co.uk/packing.htm

(Those who want to cheat will also find a handy packing checklist).


Other helpful links:


Top Ten travel tips from Wanderlust Magazine: http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/survey/award04.html

Health advice and resources for travellers: http://www.travelhealth.co.uk

Suggested contents for a travel first-aid kit: http://www.britishairways.com/travelqa/fyi/health/docs/medkit.shtml

Preventing HIV/AIDS: Health and Safety Guidelines for Aid Workers http://www.interhealth.org.uk and http://www.peopleinaid.org/

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