Who doesn’t love to travel? The excitement of exploring someplace new and exciting or revisiting an old favorite is a definite must for any person at any age. A good vacation also helps you relax and unwind from the stressful nature of the work office or classroom, so that’s definitely another good reason to have one. But enthusiastic as enthusiastic as you are, there may be some things you could be missing out during these out-of-town adventures because you may have bad travel habits.
Much like for new year's resolutions, the avid traveler needs to shape up good travel habits before shipping out so they’ll be able to make only the most memorable of excursions. “But what kind of habits can I improve” you ask? We give you some great suggestions you can adopt as your own:
Study Your Camera
Vacation photos are a great way to save those memories and take them back home for the family to see. But in the hands of a clumsy amateur, a huge percent of those photos may come out vague or even embarrassing. The solution is very simple! Just study basic photography techniques like the Rule of Thirds to help you focus on some amazing shots. Also, learn about what your camera buttons and settings can do. Learning how to use your camera as a tourist is like a marksman learning how to use a rifle: The more you know about how it works, the better you’ll be at using it.
Invest in Gear
This is a definite must if travel or plan to do a lot of traveling. Good gear helps make traveling a lot easier and protects your valuables a lot better. Sturdy bags and equipment will also be good against petty thieves or pickpockets who will use brute strength to try to tug or pull a bag off. While you're at it, find out which type of bags or accessories best suit you, like if you prefer sling bags over backpacks or vice versa.
Learn Useful Phrases
It can be a big help to dip your toes into the local language, especially if you're a backpacker or traveling with a tiny group in a foreign country. A simple “yes”, “no”, “My name is...” and “Where can I find…?” is the basics of the basics and useful for any traveler of any caliber. If you're going as far as to learn a small portion of the language, putting some time into pronunciation and diction is a big plus as well.
Do Your Research
It is a traveler’s responsibility to learn about the country they’ll be visiting before the trip even begins. You can learn about your destinations with a quick Google search nowadays. Why bother learning about it before your trip even begins? There are many reasons why! You can learn about cultural taboos of the locals to avoid them, find out some of the best dishes to try while there and Discover which tourist destinations are worth your time. Trust us, the effort really pays off.
Learn About Cultures
While it may be an unconscious habit, some people go to the most exotic of places but don’t actually experience the authenticity of the journey. Just be brave and learn to try new things! Try at least one authentic meal in an authentic restaurant instead of a local fast food joint, ask guides questions about things you’re curious of, immerse yourself in the country’s history and art. You may never get a chance to travel to these unique places again, so make the most of your time there!
While these suggestions are good, you can still think of your own or even better ones to look into making yourself a better traveler. It’s definitely worth looking into it if you plan on making travel a big part of your life.