1. Don’t overspend
Make the most of your every penny. Don’t overspend and end up having to head home earlier than intended because you bought five too many pairs of harem pants.
2. Don’t underspend
Equally, don’t scrimp too much and miss out on what could be some of the most memorable experiences of your trip.
3. Do socialise
When travelling alone or with others, socialise as much as possible. It’s great fun meeting new and interesting people from all over the world; everybody has their own story. But they probably also have unbeatable fresh tips for the next stop on your itinerary.
4. Don’t use your camera more than your eyes
Take photos, but don’t live your travels through a lens. Enjoy every moment without worrying about capturing that perfect Instagram photo. And make sure that the content of 80% of the photos that you do take is people. Nobody wants to scroll through 10,000 photos of mountains and beaches, not even you.
5. Don’t overdo it
Make the most of the time you have by dedicating enough of it to each place you visit. Don’t blitz through seeing as much as humanly possible, but rather see less in more depth.
6. Do have a go at the local language
Being able to communicate better with the local people will make your trip much more manageable, worthwhile and enjoyable. From asking for directions to your hostel, to getting advice on the best places to eat, having a little of the lingo will help you a lot.
7. Do eat as much of the local food as your stomach will allow
We’ve all the heard the horror stories of street food gone wrong and stomachs gone rogue. But don’t let this put you off sampling the local food on your travels. Easily avoid illness through simple precautions like not eating salad washed in undrinkable tap water, or making sure that meat from the street is cooked up fresh in front of you.
8. Don’t ignore the local customs
Avoid making faux pas by dressing and behaving according to local custom, wherever you are. This will reduce unwanted attention and show that you respect the local culture.
9. Do keep a blog/diary
Keeping a blog or diary is a great way to keep a record of all the amazing things that you see and do whilst travelling, as well as sharing what you’ve been up to with friends and family. Cameras can capture a moment, but writing keeps a much more personal record.
10. Don’t let fear hold you back
A fear of spending all your savings; travelling alone; leaving your job. Don’t let your fears hold you back, as they might one day turn into a fear that you’ve wasted your life paying bills.