You can’t have an adventure without traveling and the landscape can get pretty funky out there. Floating islands, horse-eating grass, Starbucks on every corner, oceans of clouds and other distractions that you need to be alert for. So, what are some tips for being careful on the road?
- The path with tons of sunlight and pretty flowers isn’t always the safest. Sure, the ground looks even and you see the plume of smoke from a chimney just over the rolling hills. Just make sure to ask around about that route. Those flower patches might be growing off all the bodies that were left behind. After all, what kind of witch or monster would make their lair look like a terrifying lair?
- Just because you followed a road up onto the sky doesn’t mean you can immediately walk on the clouds. There are dead ends on the ground, so you can certainly find some up high. Unlike a wall or gate, this one has a death-promising plummet when you make a misstep. Toss some coins or acorns or whatever you have to see if they stay afloat or fall. Then draw straws to see who goes first because there could always be a weight limit.
- Don’t camp out in the middle of the road. It’s night and you’re tired, but don’t be a jerk. People still need to travel and going around your pot of funny-smelling beans isn’t a welcomed detour.
- The countryside can be pleasant and relaxing as you go by. Not a care in the world and you can feel the tension flowing out of your muscles. A mild euphoria may come over your senses and the world is a brighter place. This doesn’t mean you can take corn, apples, or whatever crop happens to be growing near the road. Not every orchard is public property. Go to the market and buy a bushel like everyone else, buddy.
- No shame in going around the mountains. Time is not as limited as you think since you’ll probably be captured and held for longer than the detour would have been. Not to mention rock slides, storms, avalanches, giant spiders, broken ankles, and all sorts of fun that comes with a rocky path. Just go around or find a proven road that shows signs of heavy use in the last six months. No footprints means be cautious.
- Doesn’t hurt to stop and enjoy the scenery. Adventuring and traveling is tough work, which takes you all over the place. Do you really want to say you went somewhere, but have no memory of what it looked like? You don’t have to take a long time to get a few memories of a place. Sit under a tree, smell some flowers, skip some stones, or whatever else comes to mind when you have a few minutes. At the very least, the horses will enjoy the break.
- The swamp is not a short cut! Doesn’t matter what the friendly old woman with the unfriendly cackle said. DO NOT GO INTO THE SWAMP!