From one traveler to another, here are a few things that I’ve learned along the way.

  • Do research and read reviews prior to doing anything.
  • Be spontaneous but have some sort of plan prior.
  • Be Leary of trendy collectible shops. They may have cool things but are more about making money than selling quality items. Often times things are overpriced. Some items might even be fakes or reproductions.
  • Beware of people on the streets. When talking have times in front pockets and be against a wall if possible. Be aware of who is around you.
  • You do not have to give money to anyone asking for it. If someone tries to stop you it’s best to ignore them.
  • Renting a car is usually the best option if you’re over 25 years old. Uber’s get costly fast.
  • Wash hands prior to eating.
  • Leave some room in your bag if you get things on the trip.
  • Low budget motels may leave you feeling sick due to air conditioners not getting clean.
  • It is free to take pictures of public buildings. Some people may approach you and say it costs money. It’s most likely a scam.
  • Everything takes longer than expected.
  • Know hotel check in and check out times.
  • Try to get 3 or more stars at hotels. If I go cheap I at least make sure the area is good.
  • Travel alone at least once.
  • Getting your own food saves money.
  • Super touristy and trendy places are not for everyone. I prefer to experience the actual area.
  • Try to avoid franchise chains when possible.
  • Imodium, Dramamine, Pep-to buismo and Ibuprofen.
  • Pack only what you need. You can always get more.
  • Hotwire: go to area and look for hotels
  • Back up phone and car chargers.
  • Look at menus before you eat somewhere.
  • Go pro cameras to capture the moment. They work better than phones for a quick picture.
  • Airplane mode for pictures saves a lot of battery if you are in an area without service anyways.
  • Parking: spot hero.
  • Talk to locals about where to go.
  • Think before burying trinketry items. Do you really need that $5 keychain? 
  • Don’t forget swimsuits and towels.
  • Free maps.
  • If you get up early, take advantage of hotel breakfasts.
  • Pay attention to time of year you go somewhere. Be aware of different weather and climates.
  • Don’t carry a lot of cash.
  • Extra socks and underwear.
  • Bring a small day bag (sinch up bags work well).
  • You can store bags at most hotels behind the counter if you need.
  • Have proper footwear for different occasion.
  • Bring an outfit for warm, cold and dressy occasions.
  • Take the opportunity while you’re there do something you want to do.
  • Don’t go to the same place twice- branch out.
  • Backpacks vs duffle bags.
  • Go off the beaten path but not too far.
  • Don’t use your phone the whole trip.
  • Appreciate the little things places have to offer.
  • For some things a guide that knows what they are doing might be beneficial.
  • Leave places as you came, don’t carve your name somewhere or deface property.
  • Triple check hotel rooms before leaving.
  • Expect things to go wrong. Sometimes they will.
  • Sunscreen makes the difference between a fun and painful trip.
  • Money belt: for real?
  • Tourist activities and not always the best.
  • Be aware of what you eat and drink and how it impacts you. Especially if you are riding in a car for long distances.
  • Some restrooms are for paying customers only.

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