Here's something that's been on my mind. On my last trip to Guatemala I had a bit of a bad experience.
And no it was not about the country. Guatemala's so amazing, with lovely people, beautiful nature and very nice food. That was not the problem there.
The problem was that I had taken with me a completely unsuitable pair of shoes. They were a light kind of sneakers that one would use for a light exercise or something. I did not expect to be doing so much hiking through the wilderness as I had. The result was constantly wet and sore feet, which just wasn't nice. Had it lasted any longer it would have probably been bad for my feet.
Fortunately I had a friend with me who also had an extra pair of hiking boots with him. He was kind enough to share them with me, which made my experience so much more pleasant. Thanks to him I was able to enjoy my trip. I was also very lucky that I actually had the same foot size as him.
The moral of the story is that you need to think really well before going on a trip. The wrong type of shoes on the wrong type of trip can be a disaster, or at least a minor annoyance.
I have now done my homework and done some good online research to find travel shoes (see here) that are most suitable for the next trip that I'm going to have, which is to Costa Rica. I plan to take full advantage of the opportunity to hike through the Jungle of this beautiful country. This time I will not let the wrong choice of travel shoes ruin any part of my trip.
I recommend that anyone who is going on trip, especially if it's not the kind of trip that you are already used to, to do their homework and find the most appropriate type of shoes before embarking on the journey. Otherwise, you might end up like me having to use your friend's shoes.
That is if you happen to have a friend with the right type of extra shoes for you.