There are so many lists giving advice for the do’s while traveling, but what are things that should be warranted for? What should be avoided? Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the moment of planning the perfect adventure that we can get distracted by overpacking, over planning, and not taking it easy. In all of the chaos, here are five 'do nots' to help keep your travel plans under control and running smoothly.
1. Don’t Buy Your Tickets at the Door
As often as you can, aim to buy your tickets online and bring a printed or digital copy with you. Usually there are better online rates then there are when you arrive at the attractions, museums, historic sites, etc. Buying your tickets online will also save you time. You will be able to skip the ticket line and go straight in, join the ticket queue, or make a reservation for a time to go in depending on the popularity of the destination (you still get to skip the queue!).
2. Don’t Over Plan Your Schedule
If you plan every minute of your day you will feel rundown, overrun, and like your travel plans are running you. It will leave you feeling like you are squeezing in too many activities and not taking in enough experience. Plan time for your activities and make a list of a few other activities you would want to do if you have time left over. Once you get there as well you will probably see something that you didn’t know of and want to try, as well. And never be afraid to have some free time to wander and explore with no destination in mind. Some of the best finds are when you are looking for anything at all.
3. Don’t Sleep In
You’re only traveling for a short period of time, so get up early everyday to see those magical sunrises or get out a beat the crowds. You can sleep all you want on the way home and when you crash home.
4. Don’t Forget Traveler Over Tourist
While experience all your travels and everything it has to offer, don’t forget to remember that while you are being a “traveler” you can still been seen by the locals as a “tourist”. While you are diving into a new environment, culture, and experience it can be overwhelming and occasional hard to remember to always be a safe traveler, as well. Although it can sometimes be tacky and take more time, always take precaution and trust your gut. Take that extra time to get yourself ready in the morning and keep your belongings safe so your trip can go as smoothly as possible.
5. Don’t Pack for “What-If” Scenarios
Don’t over pack, thinking about all of your what ifs. What if we go here, what if we do this, what if, what if, what if. Nowadays, everyone has the perfect outfit packed and ready for any moment to take the best instagram picture. But to be honest, there isn’t always room your suitcase for multiple costume changes. Go with two of your favorite outfits for pictures and then pack clothes that you can interchange and wear with everything.
xx A Traveler's Bliss
(hey - hey you. click the bliss above... do it.)