Thursday, 15 November 2018

Travelling | Things You Should Never Do

People always talk about the things that you should do when you head off on your travels, from the places you should see to the foods that you should eat and even the way that you should act. Unfortunately, with all of this information, it’s easy to get confused and forget about all of the things you really shouldn’t so while you’re away. This can lead to some incredibly, awkward, costly, disrespectful, and even illegal situations. To avoid an uncomfortable experience and ensure that you have a great time, here are ten things that you should never do while travelling.

Don’t Book Things Too Early
Every travel expert tells you to book your flights, accommodation, and activities early, but few tell you that booking too early can actually cost you more than booking late. When it comes to travel, the early bird doesn’t always catch the worm, so hold off for a while and wait for the deals to start popping up. For flights and accommodation, this usually happens three or four months before the trip. With some research, you should be able to cut the cost of your activities too.


Don’t Exchange Money At Airports
When planning and preparing for a holiday, there is a lot that needs to be remembered, but one thing that you can’t afford to forget is your travel cash. Whether you forgot to pick it up off the counter or didn’t exchange any money at all, this mistake can massively eat into your travel budget. Although you can still exchange money at airports, they will give you the worst exchange rates, leaving you paying more for a lot less cash.


Don’t Leave Without Travel Insurance
Travel insurance can seem like an unnecessary added expense, especially if you’re a fairly healthy person and are heading off on a relatively action-free holiday. However, it’s important to remember that you never know what could happen while you’re away. You might not be quad biking across the outback, but you can just as easily break a bone exploring a tourist city. This insurance also protects you in other emergencies, saving you money and unnecessary worry.

Don’t Stay Solely In Hotels
Hotels may be the most common type of accommodation available, but that doesn’t make it the best or the right one for you. Instead of automatically booking a hotel in the place you’re visiting, consider the many other options available. If you’re heading somewhere you frequently travel to, whether it be Queens or Taman Desa, you might even want to buy a property there to stay on your trips. There are also short-term apartment lets, hostels, and more to think about.


Never Eat Near Tourist Spots
After a day of exploring, it’s understandable that you want to find somewhere to eat as quickly as possible. However, picking the first restaurant you see coming out of a tourist attraction is never a good idea. The food in these places will taste about the same as everywhere else in the city, but you can guarantee that it will cost twice as much. Instead of eating in these tourist traps, you should walk a few blocks away to find tastier, cheaper, and more authentic meals.


Don’t Assume Everyone Speaks English
Unless you’re heading to an English-speaking country, you should never assume that everyone around you will be able to communicate with you. There’s no use in talking slower or louder because it doesn’t change the fact that they don’t understand you, just as you can’t understand them. As the visitor it is your responsibility to remedy this, so try learning a few words and basic phrases before your trip. The locals will appreciate it, and you’ll have a much easier time away.

Don’t Take Pictures Without Permission
You may want to document your time away, but that doesn’t mean that everyone around you wants to be a part of your documentary. Before taking someone’s picture, you should always ask if they mind having their picture taken and offer to show it to them too. Some countries have laws around what things can and can’t be photographed, so make sure you do your research and ask before snapping a picture of any artifacts. You don’t want to get into trouble over a picture.


Don’t Travel Everywhere In Taxis
You can get to a lot of places with your own two legs, but you can’t always explore everything you want to see by walking. Taxis may seem like the most convenient option for transport, as they’re cheaper than a car hire and available at all times, unlike public transportation. Unfortunately, they can still cost you an arm and a leg, especially if you overlook your research. For this reason, you should only use them when absolutely necessary and stick to trains and trams when they’re not.


Don’t Disrespect The Host Country
You wouldn’t visit someone’s house and start breaking all of the rules, so why would you do it in another country. Even if something isn’t technically a law, you should still be respectful and conform to the customs, whether that means covering up in certain places or not holding hands with your partner. You should also avoid speaking negatively about the country’s politics, culture, or other taboo subjects. This can be considered rude, and may even land you in a jail cell.

Don’t Be Afraid To Explore
Travel is all about adventure, exploration, and trying something new, so don’t limit your trip to crowded tourist spots and your tiny hotel room. Instead, do lots of research, talk to locals, and speak to other travelers about less known places that might be worth a visit. You can also try wandering off and getting lost for a while. As long as you have your phone, a way to get back, and your smarts, there’s no reason why you should be afraid to explore the unexplored.

There are lots of things that you should do while you’re away, but don’t forget about all the things that you really shouldn’t. Avoiding the mistakes above can save you a lot of hassle, making sure that every trip you experience is one that you enjoy.

What's your advice when it comes to travelling?



  1. I haven't had idea that some of the countries have laws around what things can and can’t be photographed, good to know about it!

  2. I enjoyed this post; most traveling posts are about 'what you should do' so this was a twist I enjoyed. I agree with you about respecting the country and never exchanging your money at airports lol!

    xx, Des |

  3. Some great tips.. thanks for sharing.

  4. These are good tips! Especially the insurance one, insurance is so important - and to read the fine print! We had insurance for our little trip last year, even though it was a short flight to another state, and it was good to know we had it if we needed it!

    Hope that you are having a nice week and a lovely weekend ahead of you :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  5. Great post!

  6. These tips are so important, Rosanna! Agreed that what not to do needs to be respected. Happy and safe travels, beautiful!


  7. Thanks so much for the tips. Have a great weekend.

    Gemma x

  8. I really like all of these are agree with your choices on tips here. I travel every month for work and think a lot of these are very important. The worst thing is when tourists are disrespectful ... I would add one should do your research on the country/place visiting ahead of time.

  9. Great advice to never leave without travel insurance; I've heard some financial horror stories over the years relating to that point! Hope you have a fabulous weekend babe :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  10. I welcome you cordially! fantastic entry, very interesting. he was read it nice and fast. on your blog there are great themes, very inspiring. I also like photos, great! in a word - amazing. in free time I invite you to me :)
    Greetings from Poland !

  11. I totally agree on everything.

  12. Great tips! I can agree completely on the food thing as well; when traveling we usually try to find something locals go to as well. :D

    xo Noor

  13. Great tips... interesting post, my friend!
    Kisses, Paola.


  14. I'll be travelling next month and I guess you're right with booking trips too early. I will be taking note all of these! :)


  15. Super helpful!!

  16. What a lovely travel guide here! I kept nodding all along. I agree about travel cash + insurance in particular. These two are so crucial! xx


  17. Great tips dear, and I couldn't agree more, especially about Travel Insurance. Many people skip, thinking they'll never need it. However, life is too unpredictable, and a simple travel insurance can make a world of difference in your convenience and financial support when things go wrong.

    Jessica |

  18. A great review indeed, thanks for sharing! The pictures are amazing!


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