18 Golden Rules for Simpler Travel

These rules are a simple systematisation of my knowledge gained over 15 years of active travel around the world. I gathered them together for a long time. Firstly, just for myself, and secondly, I think that they can be useful to many people, especially to novice travelers.

18 Golden Rules for Simpler Travel

1. Study the location where you are going on the map.

Many people going on the road, do not even bother to look at the map, especially this is the fault of tourists who are sent around the world by travel agencies. Often, a person bathing in the ocean does not even suspect what it's called, and cases when confusing the Indian Ocean with the Pacific are quite often.

2. Find out more about the customs of the country, the cultural heritage and habits of people living there.

Knowledge of the main points of interest will save time, will not let you get into a silly situation and will help to communicate with people.

3. Learn the language.

It does not hurt to know even a few words in the language of the country, which you are going to surprise with your presence. You will not only be polite to people whom you will meet, but also rid yourself of many minor troubles or inconveniences. The main words: hello, thank you, goodbye, how much it costs and how to get by. I learned about a hundred words from different languages, even such complex ones as the Khmer language or Thai.

4. Selecting a hotel is an important point in the journey.

It is always better to book hotels in advance. I book in advance only when I go to a mega popular place in the peak of the tourist season or I only have a couple of days and just do not have time to look for a hotel. For example, in Hong Kong it is better to book in advance, especially if you are traveling for the first time. Housing can certainly be found, but it will definitely be more expensive than if you booked in advance. I never reserve a house, if I pass a place in transit for a couple of days by car - options are always there, often better and cheaper than on booking.

5. Choose the mode of transportation.

Standard aircraft + cars, everything else I refer to the non-format. I always buy an air ticket, with rare exceptions, I buy it in advance and it is not more expensive than the price that it should cost. I know the approximate prices in all places of interest and I will not overpay - in this case I choose an alternative mode of transport or I change the route.

6. Think of a route, but not to the smallest detail.

Only the main destinations are important.You never know what will come to your mind while traveling. For example, I do not know what I may want tomorrow and may change my route, keeping the main points - for example, the points of arrival and departure, but this rule is not a dogma at all. A common mistake for beginners, plan the route to trivia, until the time of leaving the hotel, a place for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a schedule of visiting attractions.

7. Take the choice of fellow traveler seriously.

It is ideal to travel alone for many reasons. However, not everyone is lucky with a life companion –you should pick one, a maximum two fellow travelers. Otherwise, the journey turns into friendly daily gatherings,during which, the main goal of the journey is forgotten.

8. Luggage and money.

Take the luggage twice less than planned, and the money - twice as much. This is a classic rule and it works.

Money does not necessarily have to be spent, but the stock will not be extra. Although this rule does not apply to a traveling traveler, one can always do without money at all or make money on the spot.
I mostly travel with a backpack or travel bag. No suitcases, unless, of course, the purpose of the trip is not the All Inclusive hotel in which you are going to spend all your vacation.

9. Credit card VS cash.

There is no conflict and I have these two forms of money peacefully coexisting. I read a lot about eccentrics, who packed the cash even in special belts and even in more exotic places. My rule is one third in cash, two thirds on credit cards and there should be at least two credit cards, and preferably three. Exceptions are countries in which the system of ATMs and credit card settlements is not developed.

10. Set priorities in the journey.

Do not try to catch everything in one day. It is certainly possible to visit seven European countries in three days. However, why? A gallop across Europe is not my style. I once did not combine Italy with other countries on which I traveled. In the end, I thoughtfully traveled through Croatia, spent an excellent week in Slovenia and only then went to Italy.Do not try to visit all the places "must see".
Change the organized tours and trekking to the museum for a restaurant with good local cuisine, and in the evening, sit in a bar and drink with the locals for their favorite football team. I get to know local cuisine and drinks and have much more knowledge about the country and people than a after hundred trips to museums. Live in the present.

11. Do not collect hotels.

I come to the country not to collect five-star hotels. I also do not like poverty - living in doss houses or at a railway station is unlikely to add more knowledge about the country, but the probability to remain without money is high. Do not forget that there are hostels or guest houses.Do not be scared, there are good conditions for sleep, and in the evenings you can chat with your mates in the lobby and make interesting acquaintances. For me, the hostel is an ideal option for spending the night in transit. Optimal choice - three-star hotels without unnecessary options in the form of swimming pools, gyms, mini-bars or Jacuzzis.

12. Do not spend money on trifles and do not buy unnecessary gifts-souvenirs.

I would exchange half the suitcase of unnecessary junk of souvenirs for friends-acquaintances on a campaign to Camp Nou in Bars, having spent thus 150 euros. I used to buy a lot of souvenirs and gifts, now it's taboo. No gifts and souvenirs - the brain really explodes when you try not to offend anyone. Now the best gift for friends is to invite them to dinner and drink a bottle of wine (or two).

13. be positive.

If you cannot change circumstances - change your attitude towards them. It works. Do not cling to trifles. Different peoples have different temperaments, do not try to change people. You'll make yourself worse. Try to understand others. Do not be an egoist. You can find something positive in everything.

14. Take photos.

I do not know which of the photos will be useful to me and why, so I photograph everything. The camera will tolerate any volumes and, if desired, you can always delete unnecessary ones.

15. Let the journey be varied.

Alternate beaches with knowledgeable trips, active rest with passive. Even an avid lover of antiquities can be exhausted by constant excursions through the ruins. I always alternate sightseeing with bar-surfing.

16. Communicate

Communicate more in a foreign country. In the same Europe, America or Asia, people are more open. Self-expression and communication are in the blood. Do not be a man in a case, open the world and the world will reciprocate. Sociable people adapt to new circumstances more quickly.

17. Do not be afraid of the unknown and the novelty.

This rule is important only for beginners. The main fears of beginners are the fear of the unknown in the new country, the fear of remaining there alone, and the worst thing is to be in a new country,

completely alone and also without money. All these three phobias are completely conceived. In a new country, there are also people who can always be contacted for help. Id you do not know the language - there is a language of gestures. Often people in other countries are more responsive than us. Fear of being alone is one of the same area. That is why many even experienced travelers are afraid to travel alone and are looking for a fellow traveler. Believe me, the main motive for finding a fellow traveler for the majority is fear! Get rid of this fear.

18. Travel more often.

The more you travel, the more you know, and knowledge is power. You will meet new people, visit new places and will live the full life in vivid colors!

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