People usually talk about what all you should do on your travels and not what you shouldn’t do which can be even more important. Some handy tips and travel warnings on what you shouldn’t engage in when you travel can either save you the embarrassment or just provide you a more fulfilling experience while traveling.
DON’T dine near a major tourist spot
If you really want a taste of the city’s popular local cuisine, never eat at restaurants and diners sitting near tourist attractions. The food near any major attraction is going to be double the price and half the flavor of what you’ll find elsewhere. Instead, walk at least five blocks away from one. The further away you are, the more local, cheaper, and tastier the food will be. Use websites like Yelp, Foursquare, or OpenRice on your Smartphone or Samsung tablet from Buydig.com to find out what the locals are rating highly if you aren’t comfortable walking into a random restaurant.
DON’T be ignorant of your body language
This is something you really need to watch out for because it’ll get you into trouble in some countries. Here’s a list of some countries and what kind of signs and symbols could have you kicked out:
- Croatia: Don’t raise your thumb, middle, & index finger all at once or people will think you’re a Serbian Nationalist.
- Turkey: Don’t pick your teeth or blow your nose in public places like restaurants and bars.
- Iran, Bangladesh, Turkey: Don’t show the ‘thumbs up’ sign.
Buddhist countries: Don’t touch anyone’s head.
DON’T strike off hostels
Against all stereotypes, hostels are actually very clean, hygienic and equipped with facilities that even most hotels don’t have. Hostels aren’t just incredibly affordable accommodation options, but often have free Wifi, laundry, games, dorm rooms, pools, bunk beds, kitchen spaces and even rooftop gardens.
DON’T be afraid to go off the beaten path
Don’t limit yourself to the confines of your hotel room and crowded tourist spots. Also venture out to more promising places, like a village, a town, or that small cafe down the street. Do your research on your HP Laptop from Buydig.com, talk to locals, or simply ask other travelers who’ve been to the same country about the offbeat, and totally safe, places you could visit. You could set off to a hidden waterfall, go trekking in a jungle, or sail away to an uninhabited island. Exploring the unexplored can turn out to be more enriching than any monument or museum you visit.
DON’T take pictures of people without their permission
You might be tempted to take candid pictures of people and tag it as ‘Street Photography’, but the subject in your frame may or may not approve of it. Always be sensitive to what situation the person is in and always ask first. It’s never worth getting into trouble with locals when you’re miles away from your city or country.
If you avoid these common mistakes, you’ll be traveling cheaper, smarter, and longer.