Everyone likes to go on vacation. It’s a chance to get away from your regular day-to-day routine and live the good life. Unfortunately, holidays don’t last forever, which is why you want to do (or not do) everything you can to make your short time in paradise heavenly. The list below contains eight things you might not want to do on your next trip:
1. Stay plugged in
The internet and cellphones are integral parts of the world. It’s nearly impossible to detach completely from the cloud. However, the more you can get your mind into the analog world, the more you’ll be able to take in your surroundings. Also, walking down the street with your face in your phone can lead to a bad experience anywhere, especially at a tourist destination.
2. Disrespect the locals
When you’re in a place that caters to tourists, it’s easy to feel like you’re a king. Locals of tourist spots know how to treat visitors. Since they depend on outside money, they really make tourists feel special. Unfortunately, some visitors abuse this hospitality and act disrespectful to locals, but locals are just as much a part of a tourist destination as the attraction itself is.
3. Break the law
It is common to see tourists out of control in some places where partying is one of the main attractions. When they break the law, it makes all visitors look bad. Speeding is a common infraction in tourist places. It’s an easy thing to do if you’re not familiar with local traffic laws. In fact, it’s easy to break many different laws in tourist destinations when they are different than the ones at home.
However, just because the laws are different doesn’t mean it’s fine to break them. If you are going to drive a car or drink alcohol at a tourist spot, make sure you do it within the bounds of the local law.
Work vacations are getting to be a popular option. The problem is, working on vacation makes just as much sense as taking a vacation while working. When it’s time to get away, make the break and get away.
5. Flash Your Wealth
No matter where you go in this world, you shouldn’t flash your wealth, especially in tourist destinations. Thieves abound where there are tourists. When searching for potential victims, they usually look for the easiest targets. If you’re flashing your cash and precious items recklessly, you could attract the wrong attention.
6. Run a sloppy ship
When you arrive at your destination, you’re carrying a limited amount of goods, and many of them are valuable. When you get to your hotel or hostel, start the trip out right by keeping everything organized and safe. At least do this for your valuables.
Whether you are staying at the Twin Palms Sinatra Estate in Palm Springs or a backpacker’s hostel in Mexico City, knowing where your important things are at all times saves you hassle and headaches. Knowing that they are safe allows you to enjoy your vacation.
7. Forget to snap photos
Your time at your destination is limited, and you may never return. Don’t let procrastination rob you of some lifetime memories. Yeah, you can get pictures of the pyramids from the internet, but you know it’s just not the same. If you have to, make yourself a promise that you will take at least a couple of photos per day.
When your time’s up, you’ll have more than just shots of you coming and going to the airport.
8. Take too many photos
On the other hand, you don’t want to shoot everything unless you’re writing a travel piece. Even then, you wouldn’t be taking photos of every door handle, dog, cat, car, or sunset that you see. If you’re taking your camera everywhere you go, and snapping away at everything slightly unusual, you might be missing out on precious experiences.
Vacation should be fun, but humans are creatures of habit. You may find it challenging to stay off the internet while traveling, or you may feel like doing those things you can do at home legally but can’t at your destination. However, your trip will potentially be much more enjoyable by keeping the above tips in mind. Bon Voyage!