Although I have not traveled that much compared to other people, I have learned so many things about trips and I have learned most of my lessons the hard way. I do not want other people to commit the same mistakes I did so for a change, I have come up with a list of the things which you must absolutely NOT DO during your trips. I hope you can pick up a tip or two.
Buy souvenirs on your first day
This was a costly mistake which I and my friends made when we went to Cambodia. On our very first day we decided to splurge on souvenirs such as silk scarves and bags that we ended up with little money for the rest of the trip. If you must buy souvenirs for yourself or for your friends back home, do it on your last day.
Take too many pictures
It is only natural to want to take numerous beautiful pictures on your trip but you should never let taking pictures consume you that you forget to experience firsthand many fleeting moments which will no longer happen again. Put down that camera and allow yourself some time to take in the sights and sounds. This is the only way to truly experience the place and the people.
Not check the weather
Planning a trip can make you very excited. The task of listing down places worth going to can already be overwhelming for some people but one thing which you should never do is not check the weather forecast. This is something that must be done even before you buy tickets. I made this mistake when I bought tickets to Yogyakarta. I did not check the weather forecast and lo and behold we went there during rainy season. Adding insult to injury was the fact that a nearby volcano just erupted that we were not able to get up close to Borobudur and Prambanan.
You can see my Yogyakarta pictures here.
Not check the distance of your hotel/hostel to the attractions
You have spent hours upon hours poring over travel articles and blogs about the places which you must absolutely go to but have you ever considered how far your hostel or hotel is to those places? If you do not have a lot of time on your hands you need to absolutely make sure that you pick accommodations which are near the attractions or else you will be spending majority of your time travelling from here to there. So, make sure you check the distance of your hotel or hostel to the attractions you wish to go to.
Forget your camera
I made the grave mistake of not securing my camera while on a trip. While I was alighting from the tuktuk in Cambodia (you can read about my Cambodia adventures here), I had forgotten to sling my Nikon D5100’s strap on my neck and down it fell. Luck was on my side though as my camera only ended up with a few scratches and some dust and it still works to this day. So, if you do not want the same thing to happen to you, secure your camera wherever you go.