As you all know, I’ve been on the road for six months now. Although I prepared myself for all the unknown that will come my way as I travel continuously, there are still some aspects that I’m not prepared and that caught me off guard. So, before you set off on your travel adventures, I want to share some advice with you based on my daily experience while on the road.
As I traveled around and make some friends with other fellow travelers, I realized that there’s a common travel advice that travelers often share. And I would like to call them as the “unwritten rules of travel“.
I treat this as the number rule on traveling. Treat others as how you would like to be treated, that way, they’ll treat you the same. Language barriers or cultural difference is not an excuse not to be respectful. In the end, we are all human that have the same needs and wants.
When traveling to another country, always respect their culture, and try to learn from it. That way, you’ll have a wider knowledge of different culture in the world as you travel.
Safety first. Be always cautious to your surroundings, especially if you’re traveling alone. It’s no fun traveling with an injury or illness. If you’re the adventurer type and have a knack for extreme activities, always make sure to be accompanied by professionals and double check safety gears. If you’re having a second thought, it’s safe to not to do it.
As much as possible, have a travel insurance even though it’s just a short trip. Much more if you’re on a long-term or indefinite travel, travel insurance is a must! As other travelers may say, you cannot afford to travel if you do not have travel insurance
LISTEN TO OTHERS, BE FRIENDLY
Traveling alone? Stay in a dorm and meet other fellow travelers. Do not be afraid to approach that person next to your bed, much more, that receptionist of the hostel you’re staying at. Most likely, you’ll pick some valuable information and tips from them. Take time to listen to other people and let them tell their story, you never know where it can lead.
What if you only stay in your home country and did not travel?
“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine
Although books will teach you other countries culture, being able to visit that country, interact with locals, observe and being able to see before your eyes on how the local people live their day to day lives, is a reality of lesson that you cannot read on any books. Being able to say thank you in the local language, being able to eat the local foods, being able to navigate the local transportation and currency are lessons that you cannot fully learn and understand if coming from books.
“Traveling is the best education. You see the world through another lens. You realized your homeland isn’t the only reality, there’s many.”
PUSH YOURSELF, EVEN OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
You’re already at it, do not be afraid and be adventurous. Traveling is an opportunity for you to push yourself, even outside of your comfort zone. Do not be afraid to approach a local and interact with them, language barrier is not a reason to be afraid and not to interact with local. Start talking to strangers, take that local transportation, get active, be cultural, eat that local food, whatever it is that scares you a bit is doing you good. Do more of that and you’ll be surprised with yourself.
DON’T BE SCARED
Leave your fears at home. Do not be scared. Do not trust what the media portray, most likely, it does not exist or it is exaggerated. Yes, bad stuff happens but usually not right where you are standing. People are mostly just as kind and lovely as you are, go and meet them. Remember, bad stuff happens everywhere, even in the community or country you live in.
Lastly, have a blast and have the best and memorable trip!
What’s the travel advice that’s not on this list, that you want to share and you learned from your travels? Share your thoughts or experiences in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!
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