- Patience Is Important
Do not get upset over things you cannot control. Did you miss your train or bus? If so, don’t worry, there will be another one coming. Is the ATM broke or you do not understand how much money to take out of the machine? Look for another machine or ask a local to assist. Sometimes things happen, relax and consider it part of the travel experience. Remind yourself, the situation could be worse.
- Wake up early and get an early start on your day.
If you get up with the sun you will avoid the crowds and have the best attractions to yourself. It’s also a great time to take photos due to soft diffused light. It’s also easier to interact with locals. Undesirable areas are less dangerous in the morning too. Honest hardworking people wake up early; touts, scammers, and criminals sleep late.
- Laugh at Yourself
You will definitely look like a fool many times when traveling to new places. Rather than get embarrassed, laugh at yourself. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and don’t take life so seriously. I once had a client on a private tour that had to go to the bathroom really bad. We had to stop the bus and let him get off and find a place to relive himself. All he could do was laugh when he got back on the bus.
- Travel with Extra Cash
Cash is king around the world. To cover yourself in an emergency, make sure to stash cash in a few different places. I recommend at least a couple hundred dollars’ worth. If you lose your wallet, your card stops working, or the ATMs run out of money, you’ll be glad you did.
Some of my favorite stash spots include socks, under shoe inserts, a toiletry bag, around the frame of a backpack, even sewn behind a patch on your bag.
- Meet Local People
Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think especially when you combine hand gestures and body language.
Learn from those who live in the country you’re visiting. People enrich your travels more than sights do.
- Pack a Scarf
Scarfs, shawls, or sarongs –they all work great. This is a very useful travel accessory with many different practical applications. It’s great for keeping warm, sun protection, a makeshift towel, carrying stuff around, an eye mask, and much more. A scarf is very handy and can be used for many purposes.
- Take Lots of Photos
You may only see these places and meet these people once in your lifetime. Remember them forever with plenty of photos. Don’t worry about looking like a “tourist”. Are you traveling to look cool? No one cares. Great photos are the ultimate souvenir.
They don’t cost anything, they’re easy to share with others, and they don’t take up space in your luggage. Just remember once you have your shot to get out from behind the lens and enjoy the view.
- Smile and Say Hello
Do you have trouble interacting with locals? Do people seem unfriendly? Maybe it’s your body language. One of my best travel tips is to make eye contact and smile as you walk through the streets. If people smile back, say hello in the local language too. This is a fast way to make new friends.
You can’t expect everyone to just walk around with a big smile on their face. That’s your job. Usually all it takes is for you to initiate contact and they’ll open up.
- Splurge A Bit
I do believe in watching my money, but it’s good to go out and splurge every once in a while. Totally sticking to a budget and living on a shoestring gets old after a while. It’s nice (and healthy) to go over your budget occasionally. Book a few days at a nice hotel, eat out at a fancy restaurant, or spend a wild night on the town. It will definitely enhance your vacation.
- Keep an Open Mind
Don’t judge the lifestyles of others if they are different from your own. Listen to opinions you don’t agree with. It’s arrogant to assume your views are correct and other people are wrong. Practice empathy and put yourself in someone else’s shoes.
Embrace different possibilities, opportunities, people, suggestions and interests. Ask questions. You don’t have to agree, but you may be surprised what you’ll learn.
I hope you enjoyed my ten tips. Are you ready to get out there and see the world? Call Colesville Travel today at 301-989-1654 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a no-obligation quote on the trip of your dreams.
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