Here are some fool-proof ways to ruin your travel experiences!
Let’s face it. A lot of people don’t have an idea of how to reap the maximum benefit of travel.
During my world wanderings, I have had to listen to complaints of almost every type. What people do not understand is that their attitude has a lot to do with how they perceive the different parts of the world.
Travel can be an eye-opener and life-changing action. But before travel can teach you something, you have to open your mind, accept differences, and go out of your comfort zone. If you are willing to do what I mentioned in the previous line, congratulations, you are on the right path to becoming a great traveler (or you already are).
And, all good travelers want to get the most of every opportunity. I’ll give you a hand. Let’s start by mentioning sure ways to ruin your travel experience.
You spend most of your travel time in a hotel room or resort. I understand we all travel for different purposes, and taking a break from reality is definitely one of those purposes, but I truly believe you will get much more from a trip if you fit in some experiential/authentic activities. For example, I have done several guided day tours (even though independent travel is my thing) and those have blown my mind away (in terms of exposure to scenery, local cultures, and new experiences).
Expect everything to be just like home.
Complain about how you are seen as a dollar sign by locals. C’mon, if you go on a cruise, how many times the staff asks if you want a drink (like 30 times per hour)? How much advertising propaganda do you receive weekly at home?
Forget about eating street food.
Go ahead and pack two 50 pounds suitcases and two heavy carry-on bags. If the airlines have certain rules, why not use the maximum allowance?
Anticipate eating every meal over a table or in a “proper” restaurant setting
Get upset off because nobody around seems to speak or understand English. Seriously, expecting everybody you encounter during your travels to speak English is not even realistic. Instead of being upset, be ready to deal with the situation. Make an effort to learn some words in the local language, use a translating app, or brainstorm ways to master non-verbal communication.
“Country X has the worst service in the world. Can you believe I went to a restaurant and it took them 20 minutes to serve my meal? Plus, they didn’t have some items offered on the menu,” said tourist Y. Listen, each country has its own service standards. You cannot expect people in other countries to have the same standards as in your country. My recommendation is to be patient and gracious.
Overlook being open to experiences.
When you get back home, talk about all the trash and stray dogs you saw during your time abroad. Focus and focus on the negative aspects. People get more interested in that way.
Eat only at McDonald’s and other well known fast-food chains because the local food is contaminated, too spicy, and/or prepared with unknown ingredients.
Think travel will fit your couch potato personality. Folks, travel can be tiring. There are big probabilities that you are going to walk a lot, climb stairs, get in and out of vehicles a lot, wake up early, go to bed late, and partake in other energy-consuming activities. Plus, your brain will be working in overdrive because you are in an unfamiliar place. If you do not want to up your physical game, maybe there is no point in traveling.
Give your first-world attitude to locals.
Get arrested. Remember you are way more intelligent than local authorities. I am being sarcastic here but you should respect all rules and regulations in a foreign country.
Follow the strict itinerary you prepared beforehand. Don’t leave anything to chance and forget about being spontaneous.
Travel half around the planet to later refuse to go to an iconic place or sight because it is too expensive. I am not an advocate of overspending or getting in debt to travel but I believe you should budget for some things that are unique to a place (more if the probabilities of returning to this place are low).
Choose the wrong travel companion(s). This is a crucial point a lot of people do not consider. You can have a terrible trip because you choose the wrong people to travel to and, on top of that, you can lose the friendship.
Lose the opportunity to bring home something characteristic of the place you are visiting.
Everything is going to happen as planned. Ha!!
Forget about using your common sense and following your hunches.
Don’t you ever think about befriending locals. Nobody should know you are visiting. Somebody may take advantage of you.
Insist on maintaining your beauty routine while abroad (it can be any type of routine). Do your nails every two days, follow your daily routine of toner, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, base, concealer, shadow, liner mascara, lip liner, lipstick, blush and take the usual hour and a half to work on your hair. Let’s see what happens under the 90 degrees weather. Oh and don’t participate in activities that may ruin your blow-dried hair.
Do whatever you want. Forget about the people you are traveling with.
“The world is about to end. My hotel room doesn’t have a TV,” said tourist Y. Once you travel, you are going to notice how different hotel rooms. Even nowadays, with a big amount of booking sites, photos, and reviews, surprises can happen.
Make fun of local traditions and ways of living.
Trash the place you are visiting. If you visit a National Park, destroy some of the plants. Make the place worst for others visiting in the future.
Complain, complain, complain. You deserve the best.
Hopefully, you don’t think or do any of this. Travel has taught me a lot. While abroad, my desire is to practice actions that will provide me an excellent medium to absorb the local culture and surroundings. So, please, try not to ruin your travel experience!
Do you think these behaviors can ruin your travel experience? What else would you add?