Travellers often make tons of mistakes overseas that have caused them to waste time, money, and opportunity. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or new to the road, be sure to keep these six travel don’ts in mind the next time you’re planning a trip.
1. Dressing inappropriately
Short shorts and skimpy tank tops are a definite red flag in certain places like temples, churches and certain countries—Middle East and certain parts of Asia—with strict religious views. Before you decide to bear some cleavage, be mindful of where you are and adhere to the customs of the country you’re in. Unless you’re looking to get mugged, leave the flashy jewellery at home too. And don’t even think about wearing socks with sandals either (sorry Japan!), that’s a crime regardless of where you are in the world.
2. Eating near a tourist attraction
Restaurants, drink stores, and other retail outlets near a popular attraction tend to hike up their prices due to the crowd. Save yourself a few extra dollars by walking a few blocks down the road You’ll probably find a cheaper alternative there once you leave the ‘hot zone’.
Guess what, you’re probably never going to use half the things you bring overseas—when was the last time your electric coffee grinder ever came in handy?
Here are three packing principles every traveller should know:
- Leave your ‘luxuries’ at home. These include: hair dryers, portable foot massages, and sandwich makers.
- Don’t bring your entire wardrobe overseas. Mix and match your outfit and do some laundry. You are an adult.
- Whatever you forget, you can buy. You’re actually more likely to waste money buying useless ‘travel-friendly’ junk like tiny soap bottles and disposable underwear when you can simply get everything you need overseas.
4. Changing money at airports
Airports have some of the worst exchange rates ever; you probably get a better rate from using your ATM cards. Find a local money changer, or just change a small amount first if you absolutely have to to survive before finding an alternative.
5. Going in clueless
With all the world’s information at your fingertips, there’s no reason not to be acquainted with the cultures and lifestyles of a foreign land. Take some time to learn about a country’s history, research certain places of interest, or memorise a few local phrase or two to impress the locals. Not only will this make travelling easier for you, it’s also a way of showing respect and immersing yourself in local customs.
6. Being afraid to try new things
This is perhaps the biggest ‘no-no’ on the list.
Why? Because having the courage to get out of your comfort zone, putting yourself out there, and doing something adventurous allows you to…
- make lots of friends
- taste amazing street food
- get lost in exotic new places
- feel capable of accomplishing anything