Technology is taking over the travel experience in the modern World. Cameras have always been a travel necessity, but today we need laptops, iPads, and smartphones with a multitude of applications all of which not only enhance the travel experience but are often considered essential. We even accessorize our accessories, with all manner of personalised cases and colourful protection for our beloved gadgets.
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I am convinced most of these devices do make travelling easier, but most are expensive, possibly heavy, take up luggage space, and require security awareness or risk losing them. These are the disadvantages of a ‘hi-tech’ travelling life.
A smile however has none of those disadvantages but can ease the journey in a several ways and best of all is free.
Passing through customs or crossing a border often brings us into contact with an over officious public servant and the difficult challenges it can provide. It is surprising how even the most unco-operative of these can become helpful if confronted with a traveller who remains polite, friendly and wears a continual smile.
Smile, it’s the Universal Language
Even the most difficult of language barriers is broken down by a smile, it is a universal language and its meaning is obvious. People are much more likely to persist in attempting to communicate after being greeted with a smile; bringing people together and building friendships.
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A sincere smile is also very effective in demonstrating our approachability, people are much more likely to say hello and what to spend a little time with somebody who appears happy and pleasant.
A smile is infectious, helping put others at ease. It is amazing how one person’s smile can spread throughout a whole group of people and lead to laughter.
Smile: Worth a thousand words
It can become a short cut to expressing pleasure. Smiling after a meal, informs the waiter the food was good, checking out of a hotel that the stay was a pleasant one, or just that you are having a good time. A genuine smile will also reinforce any words of praise, emphasising sincerity.
The power of a smile
A smile has a ‘feel good’ factor for all parties involved, both smiler and recipient will walk away feeling better. Not enough people use it enough, sometimes the stress and pressures of the very activity we enjoy, travelling can become overwhelming.
Hopefully a natural smile is possible several times every day, whatever we are doing especially when on the road. Walking around with an inane grin however will probably be mistaken for something inappropriate. Most people will avoid the wearer like the plague, smiling needs to be natural.
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Whatever you may forget to pack on your next trip, don’t fret about it just be glad you can still smile.