I love travelling. I love going to one place, to another. It’s always fun to be a tourist.
The question is do you behave appropriately?
Here are some tips:
- Don’t just aim “to see” places or stuffs, “FEEL” it. Travelling is not about just taking pictures. You need to “experience” it.
2. Don’t assume knowing things. You can always rely on maps or navigators. But the local people and taxi drivers are always good giving directions. It is always better when you ASK!
3. Learn about the place first. Ask advices from experts, or at least your friends who have been to the place. Ask what to expect, what or even where to eat and where to stay. Read some travel advisories/books/guides. Knowing ahead is helpful.
4. Be prepared. If you’re travelling in a non-english country, or not your mother tongue, be sure to bring dictionary or a translator. Smartphones, tablets or any gadgets with internet is really a handy one.
5. Be kind to the people. Remember you are a tourist. You are a stranger to the place. If anyone helped you out, give you some directions, or take care of you, appreciate them and be grateful.
6. Taste the foods! That is one of the basic things to do in a different place. Eat their native foods, famous delicacies and if you can, buy some goods, and bring them home with you.
7. Buy postcards & souvenirs. You have to bring something of the place, to your place. Photos are cool, but a mug, a shirt or a key chain, etc. is something you won’t find at your home.
8. Budget your trip well. You don’t have to spend all your savings. It always pay to reserve/buy months ahead for offers or low-price plane/train/bus tickets and hotels.
Have fun when you’re out of your town/city/country, ’cause everything seems new to you. You might not figure out how to put the tickets on a subway train, confused of the money values or speak the language, point things out to buy…but hey, you’re a tourist, remember? A bit of funny stupidity is “normal”.
Best of luck to your next trip!
❥ – – – Until our next adventure – – – >