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 leery of trendy collectible shops. They may have cool things but are more about making money than selling quality items. Often times, things are a bit overpriced. Some items might even be fakes or reproductions.
  • Beware of people on the streets. When talking, keep your items or valuables in the 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 and go on with your day.
  • Renting a car is usually the best option if you’re 25 and older. Uber’s can add up pretty fast.
  • 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 or anything that is not cleaned regularly
  • 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.
  • Try traveling alone at least once to feel the experience of what its like to be your own.
  • If you want some money and not go out to eat all time, try buying food you can make at the place staying.
  • Super touristy and trendy places are not always for everyone. In my experience, I prefered to experience the actual area surrounding the touristy places.
  • Try to avoid franchise chains when possible. Experience the authenticity of the food at the place you’re traveling to.
  • Imodium, Dramamine, Pepto bismol, and Ibuprofen are your best friends when traveling. Especially when traveling out the country sense other countries have different bacteria and germs that we are not used to.
  • Pack only what you need. You can always get more.
  • Back up phone and car chargers.
  • Go pro cameras are always a plus to capture the moment.
  • Airplane mode for pictures saves a lot of battery if you are in an area without service anyways.
  • Talk to locals about where to go.
  • Think before buying trinketry items. Do you really need that $5 keychain? 
  • Don’t forget swimsuits and towels if you go to a place that has the ocean or hotels/motels that have pools
  • You can pick up free maps at any rest stop.
  • 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.
  • Bring 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 occasions.
  • 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.
  • I prefer backpacks over duffle bags because they are much easier to get around.
  • Don’t spend most of your time on your phone the whole trip. Enjoy the moment that you’re in.
  • Appreciate the little things places have to offer.
  • For activities, always look for a professional guide that knows what they are doing to make sure that you’re safe and have the best experience you can get.
  • Leave places as you came, don’t carve your name somewhere or deface property.
  • Triple check hotel rooms before leaving.
  • Sunscreen makes the difference between a fun and painful trip.
  • Money belt: Honestly, I don’t recommend you wear them. Unless you’re ok with looking like a tourist.
  • Be aware of what you eat and drink and how it impacts you. Especially if you are riding in a car for long distances.
  • I would pay attention to restrooms that are for paying customers only. Just to make sure you don’t have a messy accident.

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