When you do have the chance to take the trip of a lifetime and experience somewhere new and exciting - you want to be prepared.
Imagine how you might feel if you take a trip to India and see tigers in the wild - an increasingly rare and precious experience . . . You're having a fantastic time shooting hundreds or thousands of images - only to find that when you get back to the hotel (or even worse, back home!) the images are horribly over-exposed, blurry or badly composed?
Admittedly I may have been a little extreme and chances are you'll notice right away that the images are less than ideal . . . but it's important you are prepared and understand the changes you need to make in-camera and to your approach that will result in better photographs!
This is why I encourage you to spend as much time as possible when at home, walking the dog or even travelling to work - using your camera.
It's important you understand how to adjust your settings to and work with different styles of lighting, weather conditions, movement and more . . . and how this changes when using different lenses too!
The best way to do this, is to simply always carry a camera with you.
I know that chances are you've probably heard this before - but that'll be because it's a tried-and-tested way of gaining experience and improving your photography skills!